Many people who wear glasses due to vision problems such as nearsightedness, hyperopia and astigmatism and want to remove it from their life, always think of laser treatment. However, the urban legends heard from the environment and all kinds of endless question marks are always a “STOP!” says… Well, isn’t there a roadmap for this? What are the advanced technology in this regard and the benefits it provides? In fact, from Dünyagöz Hospital Pendik, which has thousands of case experience, Op. Dr. It was announced by Bayram Yapıcı.
What is laser eye treatment and for which eye defects is it used?
Eye treatment with laser is a method applied to patients with refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism to get rid of their glasses and lenses.
Who can have laser eye surgery?
Over the age of 18, wearing glasses or contact lenses, there has not been a high change in the number of glasses in the last two years; People who do not have systematic diseases such as diabetes or rheumatism, who do not have any other diseases in their eyes, and whose eye and cornea structure are suitable for surgery as a result of the preliminary examinations and tests can be treated with laser.
How can it be understood that the eye is compatible with the laser?
Many important examinations are carried out for laser compatibility. First, the cornea map of the eye is made, then the pachymetry measurement is made. The corneal thickness is measured by pachymetry. The final examination is the personalized Wavefront. With these measurements, the laser compatibility treatment result is predicted, and the treatment suitable for the eye structure of the person is recommended. The compatibility rate of the eye to the laser is approximately 50%.
What should be considered for a successful operation?
It is possible to list the most important factors in achieving the targeted success for the patient who was found to be suitable for laser as follows. It is to obtain all the data about the eye with advanced examination devices, to evaluate the results from the examination device chain correctly by the physician, to go through a detailed examination process to determine whether there is another disease in the patient’s eye and to determine its suitability for treatment, and to determine the visual need in the patient’s social life.
Can the laser be individually planned?
There are different laser technologies that provide treatment with higher success in certain eye structures and even in patients from different occupational groups. A person who is actively involved in sports with the same eye degrees, such as boxing, football, with a high risk of eye and head impact, and a person who mainly drives at night. The driver’s vision need and condition are not the same. Just like fingerprints, the structure of the eye and the power of vision differ from person to person. E.g; Not everyone with 3 diopters of myopia has the same features, and the refractive error may not develop in the same way, and therefore the same treatment cannot be applied. With Wavefront systems, even structural defects that the person does not notice in his daily life can be detected, and the treatment is planned by programming the laser beams specific to the eye structure of the laser device. In Wavefront treatment, the low-level defects (aberrations) in the eye that we all know are corrected, such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, as well as high-level defects. Due to these defects, it is used with success, especially in patients who have problems with scattering of lights at night, with large pupils, and in patients whose night vision quality is important, such as pilots and drivers.
Can you talk about the different laser methods used in eye treatments?
There are many laser treatment methods used in the treatment of eye defects. These can be listed as ILASIK, SMILE, INTRALASE LASIK, INTRALASE Topolazer, INTRALASE Presbyopia. The most appropriate method is determined and applied according to the needs of the patient.
What is the last point reached with laser technology in eye treatment today?
The last point reached is laser comfort without blades with INTRALASE technology. As Dünyagöz, we have been using this system since 2004. INTRALASE, which has been applied to more than 8 million eyes worldwide today, offers a safer and more successful treatment than conventional laser methods. Your eye heals quickly after the operation performed without a knife in seconds under computer control. Thanks to this incredible technology, more and more people have had the chance to get rid of their glasses. We are following very closely the laser treatments that are developing day by day and we have almost caught the space age.
We have all of the treatment technologies that provide the most successful results for every eye and need that we may encounter in our hospitals. Each of these lasers is a serious investment of 600-700 thousand Euros. However, when it comes to the eye, especially a non-compulsory treatment such as getting rid of glasses, neither we doctors nor our patients can take the slightest risk.
What is the most distinctive feature of this treatment?
INTRALASE is a computer-controlled flap (incision) removal with a laser. The flap location, size and thickness are created perfectly under computer control, as planned by the doctor. With the INTRALASE method, flap formation in the cornea takes place without a knife and provides excellent results. As a result of laser operations applied INTRALASE, recovery occurs faster.
What are the advantages of INTRALASE LASIK?
The aim in INTRALASE LASIK is a perfect (flap) incision. Because the most important and irreversible part of LASIK surgery, which we can call surgery, is the creation of the thin flap. Although rare, undesirable results such as tearing, rupture, perforation, being too thin or too thick may develop in the mechanical methods with blades used in the creation of the flap. However, with INTRALASE technology, these risks are very low and the flap obtained will be exactly as your doctor wants it to be. We call this a personalized flap. A good flap will bring a good result.
Is this treatment expensive?
It is a very, very cheap treatment when compared to the costs of glasses, lenses and lens water that you will do for the rest of your life. Needless to say, the comfort you will experience already. These treatments have been performed successfully for 30 years in the world and 22 years in Turkey.
Do you still have reservations about laser treatments?
In laser treatments, the laser beam only affects the cornea, the outermost layer of the eye. It does not get into the eyes and is harmless. Blindness is not seen after laser. We are in 2015 and today the 25th anniversary of the use of LASIK is celebrated in the world. In fact, the longevity of this miraculous invention is an indicator of the success achieved in the treatment and the comfort it brings to people. Its reliability and quality in human health have been approved by independent and official bodies (FDA) in the world. PROF. DR. Developed by IOANNIS PALLIKARIS. prof. Dr. Pallikaris has been working as the Medical Consultant of Dünyagöz Hospitals Group since September 2014.
What are the advantages of the i-LASIK method?
In this treatment, everything is done on the basis of the patient’s personal vision quality. As a result of the examinations, the personal opinion analysis of the patient is obtained. The treatment is designed with all the digital information obtained. INTRALASE technology is used in the i-LASIK treatment. With the INTRALASE method, flap formation in the cornea is performed without a knife. For this reason, eye recovery is faster than many other laser methods. In short, bladeless laser; It provides the chance to be lasered to more people, painless, clear vision, risk-free and short recovery time. After the flap is created in the cornea, your vision is corrected with the i-Design measurement within the framework of the i-LASIK treatment. Correction with the widest range i-Design is used for the treatment of visual defects (myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism). NASA and the US Army have also approved this method, which is resistant to harsh conditions and gives stable results, for fighter pilots and astronauts. <
What is the importance of the i-LASIK method in astigmatism correction?
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Can you talk about the success rate of this method?
Thousands of people got rid of their glasses with the bladeless laser INTRALASE i-LASIK method. The method has a very high success rate in eyes suitable for laser. Our patients completely get rid of their glasses addiction.
What kind of method is the SMILE technique?
In the SMILE technique, the corneal tissue is not cut to create a lid on the surface, but a femtosecond laser is applied to form a disc-shaped tissue layer in the inner part of the cornea, and the formed disc is taken out through a small laser incision. Since this technique causes less weakening in the mechanical strength of the cornea, it is more advantageous especially in patients who are likely to be exposed to mechanical trauma such as athletes, firefighters, police and soldiers. It becomes advantageous in the patient group with thin corneal thickness and for whom ophthalmologists recommend techniques such as PRK and LASEK, since it impairs corneal mechanics less than PRK/LASEK techniques.
Will the numbers come back?
It is very rare for the number to come back with advanced treatment tailored to the individual. The tissue response of the person may be different for everyone. With advanced technological examination and diagnostic devices, the treatment process and result can be foreseen from the beginning.