• Pre-operative examination

    • Vision disorders may prevent from facing everyday activities in the best possible way. For this reason the dream of anyone affected by them is to remove and correct them safely and with the best results.
      Therefore it is essential to organise a plan that can help the surgeon to evaluate the best possible treatment and the patient to understand the feasibility and the expected results.

      • Eye Test

        The surgeon evaluates the vision disorder and the health condition of the eye. If the main parameters of suitability are good, it is possible to go ahead with the second step.
        Corneal topography is used to check our cornea: thanks to this exam an image of the eye is obtained, and a map of the cornea is created.
        It is possible to combine to topography a new technology called Wavefront that grounds on the theory that the light going through an eye is not scattered. However, even an healthy eye is not perfect and light is scattered on the basis of specific models.
        Wavefront technology evaluates these different models, allowing to plan a customised operation according to our specific disorder.

      • Specialist’s examinations

        They consist in a variety of exams that employs specific instruments to analyse the different parts of the eye and that can measure values such as the corneal thickness, the curvature of the cornea, the dimension of the pupil in different conditions of light, etc. If even these exams confirm the suitability of the patient for the treatment, it is possible to go ahead with the following step.
        In the end the specialist will ask about our general health conditions, pathologies that we had in the past and the medicines we have taken. Some health conditions do not allow to undergo the surgery, while in other cases it is possible to postpone the operation, waiting to solve the problem.

      • Meeting

        This step is extremely important because the specialist explains to the patient the most suitable technique to correct his vision disorder and the expected results.
        During this meeting the patient can ask any question to get rid of all his doubts; the final suitability is also a combination of aims: the specialist evaluates the patient’s expectations and on the other hand, in the same way, the patient evaluates if what the specialist is offering to him is adequate as a result.

  • Surgery

    • It is an outpatient surgery: it lasts about five minutes, the patient is awake during the whole surgery.
      The fact that the operation is quick does not mean that it is simple or that any surgeon is able to perform it: on the contrary, as it often happens, the more the procedures are sophisticated and fastthe more who performs them has to be experienced. For this reason it is important to entrust a qualified specialist.

      Remember to let a relative or a friend go with you, so you don’t have to drive back home and you won’t have to worry about it.
      Most people do not feel any pain during the LASIK procedure. First our eye is anaesthetised by a few drops of eye-drop, then we lie on our back on the ophthalmologist chair and the laser is placed above our head. The surgery is performed one eye at a time. A retractor is positioned on the eye to maintain our eyelid open, while a soft corneal suction ring is applied to hold the eye in place, which is very important to allow the surgeon to create the corneal flap.

      The surgeon marks some points on the cornea with a special ink marker before he creates the flap. The flap is made using a microkeratome or a laser, depending on the choice of the surgeon. During the flap creation, which happens very quickly, you won’t see any “incision” or the flap just produced; the thickness of the flap is very small and the whole procedure is invisible to our eye.
      Afterwards the ophthalmologist sets the laser with the help of a computer to adapt it to our needs. He will ask us to stare at a light for a short period of time during which he will observe our eye with the microscope while the laser sends its pulses to our cornea. In this way the laser modifies the shape of the cornea painlessly.

      After The Surgery

      As we said earlier, our surgeon will let us rest for a little while before we can leave the eye centre and go back home (in this case someone will drive us back home, so we don’t have to worry about driving). Once at home, we will relax and rest for some hours.

      Many people go back to work the day after the surgery, while some doctors prefer to give the patient some days off. It is important to avoid excessive stresses and intensive physical activities in order to not traumatise the eye and delay its recovery.

      Thanks to LASIK refractive surgery, most people improve their eyesight almost immediately, while in some cases the recovery may be gradual and may take some days or even weeks.

      Grazie alla chirurgia rifrattiva LASIK la maggior parte delle persone ha un miglioramento della vista pressoché immediato, anche se in alcuni casi è possibile che avvenga un recupero graduale della vista che può richiedere giorni o anche settimane.
  • Post-operative stage

    • The patient is supported during the recovery and adjustment stage after any surgery. The post-operative stage is essential to verify the results obtained, to optimise them and to minimise the discomfort caused by the operation.

      The relationship between the doctor and the patient cannot stop right after the surgery, but it is necessary that it lasts during the post-operative stage too.

      Post-operative tests

      The treatment consists not only in the surgery, but also in periodic post-operative examinations, to guarantee a correct evaluation of the eyesight and to preserve eye health condition.
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