What is laser eye surgery and which laser procedure is right for my eyes?
- SmartSight (sometimes called SMILE®)
- Touchless Robotic (Trans-PRK)
- Other laser eye surgeries
Each of these procedures is capable of giving you excellent visual outcomes so that you can see without glasses, but each may be best to treat different refractive errors in your eyes, involve different techniques, and involve a different average journey to full recovery.
We will support and guide you as you decide which laser eye surgery procedure is best for you, when you come into our clinic for your free assessment.
SmartSight is a minimally-invasive, keyhole surgery that corrects a patient’s vision quickly and comfortably. Recovery from SmartSight is very fast, with the majority of patients achieving driving vision the next day.
Why SmartSight is better than SMILE® by Zeiss
SmartSight is the next evolution of SMILE®-type laser eye surgery. The procedure is the same as SMILE® and it gives you the same great vision and fast recovery, but the SmartSight laser technology we use is more advanced, giving patients access to better results:
* SmartSight is the technical evolution of SMILE®
* SmartSight is the first femtosecond laser to utilise IA rotational eye-tracking technology for more accurate vision correction (unlike SMILE®)
* SmartSight utilises an advanced algorithm to remove less tissue than SMILE®
* Medownick is the only laser eye clinic in Victoria capable of performing SmartSight
Ultimately, SmartSight can offer the advantages of both LASIK and SMILE® combined, including keyhole “flapless” surgery, fast healing, and tear-film recovery. However, due to SmartSight technology’s intelligent eye-tracking and pupil recognition, patients often achieve more accurate vision-correction.
SmartSight Laser at a glance
What it does
|Who is eligible||Actual laser time|
|Gentle pulses of light create a thin layer of tissue, called a lenticule, in the cornea. Through a micro-incision, the surgeon removes the lenticule, and this reshapes the eye to improve vision||Suitable patients with myopia (short-sighted) and astigmatism||Approximately 20-60 seconds, depending on your eyes|
In 2023, Medownick invested in a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser known as the Schwind ATOS, which, combined with our special-edition Schwind AMARIS laser, ensures superior safety and outcomes when performing LASIK eye surgery, through intelligent eye-tracking and cyclotorsion compensation.
This next-generation technology makes it possible to perform precise and accurate LASIK treatment, and is able to correct a broad range of errors, even in high astigmatism. It is also more comfortable for the patient than older LASIK procedures.
LASIK eye surgery at Medownick can give you crisp, clear vision with almost no down-time, and set you free to enjoy life without glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK at a glance
|What it does||Who is eligible||Actual laser time|
|Gentle pulses of light are used to create a “flap” which is lifted, the laser then gently reshapes the tissue underneath to improve vision. Once finished, the surgeon repositions the flap, which is self-sealing and heals within hours.||Suitable patients with myopia (short-sighted), hypermetropia (long-sighted), and astigmatism (blurred vision)||Approximately 20-60 seconds, depending on your eyes|
TRANS-PRK (TOUCHLESS ROBOTIC) LASER
Touchless Robotic is an advanced, next-generation version of “Trans-PRK” laser eye surgery. It is “next generation” because it is non-invasive and stress-free for the patient, gently correcting vision from the surface without suction, flap, incision, or the use of alcohol. Once you have healed, there will be no vulnerability or evidence that the surgery ever happened.
Touchless Robotic can only be performed using a specific, advanced type of excimer laser, and Medownick Laser Clinic is privileged to have one of the few lasers of this type in Australia. Because of this, our surgeons are among a very small number with the technique and experience to perform this procedure.
For our patients, the proof is in the outcomes. They gain the absolute best possible natural vision for their eyes, without any cutting or injections.
Touchless Robotic Trans-PRK at a glance
|What it does||Who is eligible||Actual laser time|
|Gentle pulses of light sculpt the cornea at the front of the eye to reshape it and refract light in different ways, to improve vision||Suitable patients with myopia (short-sighted), hypermetropia (long-sighted), and astigmatism (blurred vision)||Approximately 20-60 seconds, depending on your eyes|
How It Works
Watch the video to see how the Touchless Robotic Trans-PRK Laser corrects your vision without any instruments touching your eye.
Are you suitable for Trans-PRK? Book a free assessment to find out.
OTHER LASER EYE SURGERIES
Advanced “ASLA” PRK
In a small number of cases, if a patient’s eyes are unsuitable for SmartSight, LASIK and Touchless Robotic Trans-PRK, we may perform a different version of PRK surgery, known as ASLA or Advanced PRK. This procedure uses the same state-of-the-art Schwind AMARIS excimer laser, still involves no cutting, and still achieves excellent results.
However, it is not “Touchless Robotic”. Instead, the surgeon gently removes a surface layer of the eyes, then the laser directs cool, ultraviolet light to reshape the cornea.
Mono Vision is a form of laser eye surgery in which one eye is corrected for close-up vision, and the other for distance, and the brain learns to merge the two. It can be achieved via SmartSight, LASIK, Trans-PRK or ASLA PRK procedures, depending on patient suitability.
Mono Vision is not a solution for all patients, so we can talk with you about your suitability when you come in for your free assessment.
Next: What will I experience at Medownick on the day of laser eye surgery?
Laser eye surgery is an investment in you. It’s why we offer interest-free payment plans over six, 12 or 18 months to suitable candidates.