Are you tired of constantly reaching for your glasses or fumbling with your contact lenses or are you just experiencing issues seeing clearly in general. Then don’t worry, you are not alone. The solution to your vision woes may be closer than you think with the revolutionary technology of laser eye surgery.
EuroEyes has more than 25 years of experience with helping patients achieve their desired visual outcomes through a range of eye laser options, ensuring that patients receive the eye treatment best suited to their individual needs.
In this article we will present the current options within laser eye surgery, detailing its benefits, available options, and the journey before, during, and after the procedure. Whether you are a first-time candidate or seeking more information, trust EuroEyes to provide unparalleled guidance and care on your path to crystal clear vision.
Types of laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery has been around since the 1970s but especially in the last 10-20 years this procedure has revolutionized the way we treat refractive errors such as nearsightedness, (myopia) farsightedness (hyperopia ), and astigmatism.
Myopia is a common condition that causes distant objects to appear blurry, while hyperopia results in difficulty seeing objects that are near.
Astigmatism is on the other hand an imperfection in the curvature of the eye’s cornea or lens, which leads to distorted or blurred vision at all distances.
Specifically, EuroEyes eye laser treatments can address nearsightedness up to -10 diopters, farsightedness up to +4 diopters, and astigmatism of up to 4 diopters, provided that there are no underlying eye diseases, such as keratoconus, gray or glaucoma, present.
EuroEyes range of laser eye surgery options includes:
- ReLEX Smile
- PRK, Trans-PRK, and LASEK
Each of these treatment options comes with its own unique features and benefits. Let’s take a closer look at these various eye laser treatments available.
ReLEx Smile corrects refractive errors like nearsightedness and astigmatism and is suitable for patients with dry eyes and thin corneas.
Its minimally invasive nature and small incision reduce the risk of complications, maintain corneal stability, and promote faster healing.
The procedure is painless, has a short recovery time, and uses the latest generation of femtosecond lasers from ZEISS, called VISUMAX® 800, providing robotic assistance and reducing laser time to just 32 seconds per eye for added safety and speed.
The ReLEx Smile eye treatment utilizes a precise 3D cut with the VisuMax femtosecond laser, preparing a thin three-dimensional disk called a “lenticule” in the cornea that matches the visual defect. The lenticule is removed through a small 2 millimeter opening, causing minimal stress on the cornea.
The femtosecond laser used in this procedure allows for extremely precise and accurate incisions, which helps to ensure optimal results.
Note that ReLEx Smile has limitations, and it’s not suitable for patients with farsightedness or high astigmatism.
The most precise way to correct vision problems is through a type of eye laser treatment known as FS-LASIK, which is an advancement from traditional LASIK.
This approach combines Wavefront optimization and a femtosecond laser technology to achieve highly advanced and precise results.
FS-LASIK is a good choice for patients with both nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism who want a long-term solution for their vision issues.
The first step in FS-LASIK eye surgery involves using Wavefront optimization technology to create a personalized treatment plan based on the individual’s specific vision needs.
An aberrometer device is used to map the eye’s 3D structure, including any imperfections in the cornea and lens.
The gathered information is utilized to personalize the eye treatment, improving visual outcomes and reducing side effects.
Then, a femtosecond laser is used to create a corneal flap which is then lifted and reshaped using an excimer laser to correct refractive errors.
This method of flap creation without using a traditional surgical blade reduces the risk of complications associated with traditional LASIK surgery and provides better visual outcomes for patients.
After the reshaping is complete, the corneal flap is carefully repositioned and allowed to adhere naturally.
Certain conditions must be met, such as having a thick enough cornea, experiencing minimal vision changes in the past two years, and having no eye diseases like keratoconus. Meeting these requirements, along with others, is necessary before undergoing the FS-LASIK procedure.
PRK, Trans-PRK and LASEK
PRK, Trans-PRK, and LASEK are laser eye surgery treatments that are used to correct common refractive errors. These treatments are especially appropriate for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in patients with thin or weak corneas, or for those who are not candidates for LASIK surgery.
PRK and LASEK are less popular eye laser treatments, as they typically involve a longer healing process and may cause more discomfort than our other treatment options.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a laser eye surgery technique that has been in use for over 20 years. During PRK, the corneal epithelium (the outermost layer of the cornea) is removed using a small surgical tool – a special scraper.
Laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) is similar to PRK, but instead of removing the corneal epithelium using a surgical tool, a dilute alcohol solution is applied to loosen the epithelium, which is then lifted and set aside.
Trans-PRK involves the removal of the epithelium using a laser, which eliminates the need for an alcohol solution or incision with a scalpel, which reduces the risk of complications.
Once the cornea is reshaped with the help of excimer laser, a therapeutic contact lens is placed on the eye to act as a protective bandage while the epithelium heals over the next few days.
Alternative solution: ICL (Implantable Contact Lens)
Besides our laser eye surgeries, we also offer a number of lens treatments that can cure many of the same issues as Relex-smile, FS-Lasik and PRK.
ICL (Implantable Contact Lens) is recommended for patients with extreme nearsightedness (higher than -10 diopters), farsightedness (higher than +3 diopters), astigmatism and thin corneas as an alternative to traditional laser treatments.
This safe and effective treatment option has a high success rate and involves implanting an artificial lens into the eye’s posterior chamber between the iris and the eye’s natural lens.
The lens implant helps with vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses, it’s a permanent and invisible solution, and the procedure is painless.
How much does laser eye surgery cost?
The price for eye laser surgery depends on which type of treatment option is the best for you.
As of 2023 our prices are as follows:
PRK/LASEK Treatments: 23.000 kr.
FS-LASIK Treatments: 31.000 kr.
RELEX SMILE Treatments: 33.000 kr.
ICL Treatments: 33-42.000 kr.
Trifocal or multifocal lenses 53.000 kr.
You can read all about all our treatments on this page.
Get easy financing with Euroeyes
At Euroeyes, we understand laser eye surgery can seem expensive at first glance. But here it is important to think about what you get back on an investment like this. In addition to having perfect vision, you also get a better quality of life. This is especially true if you have a very active lifestyle.
But either way, we want to make it as easy and affordable as possible to get your vision problems fixed. Therefore, in cooperation with Resurs Bank, we offer easy financing for your treatment. With a loan from Resurs Bank, you only have to pay off a small amount over a period of 3-5 years.
You can read much more about our funding options on this page.
Schedule your appointment today
If you are still interested in hearing more about our different treatment options, please contact us here today. Before you can be approved for one of our treatments, you will need to go through a preliminary pre-examination. At the pre-examination we will determine your suitability for eye surgery and decide which option is best suited for you. Besides passing the pre-examination test, it’s important to stress that in order to be approved all patients must be at least 18 years of age and have stable eye values for 1-2 years before being eligible for laser eye surgery.