Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery, commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Laser eye surgery corrects poor vision, giving you freedom from glasses and contact lenses, so you can live your life to the full.

You may have waited months or even years before deciding on laser eye surgery, but the procedure itself is extremely quick, taking up to 30-60 minutes only. Before you know it you will be looking at the clock on the wall and you will be amazed at how you are able to tell the time without glasses or contact lenses.

It's a simple procedure that takes anything from a matter of seconds to just a few minutes, depending upon the level of correction that's required, but you'll notice an improvement in your vision after laser eye surgery which is truly remarkable. A cool beam advanced laser makes subtle adjustments to the shape of the surface of your eye (the cornea), correcting its tiny imperfections and making your vision clearer and sharper. The vast majority of our patients are amazed at how quickly they recover and the speed at which they can enjoy a life free from glasses and contact lenses. With laser eye surgery both eyes are treated on the same day – this is known as bilateral (simultaneous) treatment. The day after laser eye surgery most patients achieve 80-90% of their best potential clarity and within 1-2 weeks most have clear vision. However, it can take up to three months to attain the best optical quality after laser eye surgery as the eyes settle.

Laser eye surgery is suitable for most people over 18. Ideally your eye prescription will have stayed more or less the same for about two years. Lens surgery may be more suitable if you have a high spectacle prescription or later in life. We aim to provide the most suitable solution for patients on an individual basis with treatments specifically tailored to their needs here in Turkey.

There are different types of laser eye surgery: LASIK, I-LASIK, SMILE and surface laser treatments.

I-LASIK – As Medlife Group, we use the latest LASIK technology and equipment in order to provide our patients with the safest, most accurate laser eye treatment possible. This procedure is the first 100% vision correction method which is customized to an individual’s eye characteristics. It is performed with a FDA approved wavefront guided blade free laser for ultimate precision. The I-Lasik method provides you with safest and best results in the world of Lasik surgery. Most patients regain a 20/20 vision or better and this surgery works on almost every eye vision correction condition.

LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) – this is done with 2 lasers, one to open up a thin flap in the surface of the cornea, and another to reshape the cornea underneath. The protective flap is then smoothed back over and stays in place without stitches.

SMILE – the surgeon reshapes your cornea through a small, self-sealing hole.

Surface laser treatments (PRK, LASEK and TransPRK) – the clear skin covering the cornea is removed so the surgeon can reshape your cornea with a laser. The skin then grows back naturally.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Laser Eye Surgery for?

Laser eye surgery, also known as Lasik eye surgery, is a procedure done to fix impairments such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism by correcting the shape of the cornea using a special laser.

2. At what age should I have Laser Eye Surgery?

The ideal age range is 25-40. Most people's eye prescriptions will have stabilized by their mid-twenties, and they will not continue to advance after surgery. For those over the age 40 conditions such as presbyopia or cataracts might make them better suited for different procedures like lens replacement.

3. How long is the recovery after a Laser Eye Surgery?

The full recovery after surgery takes 3-6 months. However, within 24 hours most patients are able to go back to their daily lives with near-optimal vision.

4. Will I be awake during Laser Eye Surgery?

Yes, since laser eye surgery only takes a few minutes, it is performed under local anesthesia via numbing eye drops.

5. Will I need to use glasses after Laser Eye Surgery?

Majority of patients do not need to use glasses again after their surgery.

How Does Process Work?

  • First Day: You will arrive at the airport and our team will drive you to your hotel.
  • Second Day: You will be taken to the clinic and have a face-to-face consultation with your doctor. The pre-operative tests will be done to make sure all is well to proceed. After this stage you will undergo the surgery. Local anesthesia will be applied to the eyes via numbing eye drops and imperfections on the cornea will be corrected by laser. The surgery itself only takes a few minutes. 
  • Third Day: You will be taken back to your hotel to rest. Your vision will mostly have cleared on this day.
  • Fourth Day: On the last day you will check out and will be taken to the airport to depart. Our aftercare team will be in touch with you to monitor your recovery.

Pre-Op Instructions

  • Stop Wearing Contact Lenses for a few weeks before surgery.
  • It’s important that the cornea be in a natural state before the surgery is performed. Many people do not realize this, but wearing contact lenses will change the shape of the corneas.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking to enhace your recovery time.
  • You should come to the appointment in comfortable clothing.
  • Do not wear any makeup, perfume, lotion, or hair products which could interfere with the laser.
  • Remember to bring sunglasses.
  • In some cases, sun protection may be provided, but having a pair of your own sunglasses is handy. Your eyes may be sensitive to light after the procedure.

Post-Op Instructions

  • Get plenty of rest. Taking it easy and getting plenty of sleep is the best remedy for a speedy recovery, as it is when most of the body's natural healing processes take place.
  • Wait to drive until you can see clearly enough to do so.
  • Limit screen time for the first week or so, and try to avoid all screens for the first day or two.
  • Do not rub your eyes for at least a month.
  • Wait at least a day to shower and wash your hair. When you do, keep the shampoo, shower water, and soap out of your eyes as best you can.
  • Stay away from spas, whirlpools, hot tubs, saunas, and swimming pools for a few weeks.
  • Take it easy, and don't participate in any strenuous activities like exercise for the first two to three days.
  • Wear sunglasses when out in the sun for at least a month.
  • Stay out of environments that are particularly dusty or dirty for at least a week.
  • Do not wear eye makeup or put lotion or creams near the eyes for a week or two.
  • Be careful with things like shaving cream and hair spray.
  • Wait a few weeks before returning to sports, and wear protective eye goggles for a few months when playing contact sports.
  • Use eye drops regularly to keep your eyes from drying out.
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