Laser Vision Correction

During the early 1980's researchers etching computer chips found that the 'cold' light from the excimer laser created no thermal damage and left a very clean margin. This meant it could have refractive surgery applications as well. Ultraviolet light and high energy pulses lasting only a billionth of a second can be used to disrupt the molecular bonds between the corneal cells with an accuracy up to 0.25 microns. (Note: a human hair is about 30 microns in diameter) This meant that the excimer laser pulses when used in laser vison correction, could predicably and accurately alter the shape of the front surface of the eye, the cornea. For example: eyes that are too greatly curved (myopic or shortsighted) can be accurately "shaved" to make them less curved, and thus vision can be corrected. 

Excimer laser refractive surgery has come a long way since it was first introduced into Australia in 1991. The procedure of choice is now LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction. This is a safe and effective procedure, but like all operations laser eye surgery has risks and complications, and because it is a non-essential procedure these should be particularly well understood. Laser eye surgery will not help everyone who wears spectacles. We offer a no- obligation consultation where Dr Workman will examine your eyes and explain if laser vision correction is suitable and what it could achieve. Those who have benefited from laser vision correction have been amongst the happiest of our patients.

Laser eye surgery is performed at the Melbourne Excimer Laser Group adjacent to the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Post operative care is provided free of charge for a year after the laser and includes any re-treatments that might be necessary.