A quick and painless alternative to wearing glasses

Laser eye surgery or commonly known as vision correction is a procedure developed to correct eyeglass errors in patients with uncorrected impaired vision that was first introduced in the early 90s.

Laser eye surgery (or commonly known as vision correction) is a procedure developed to correct eyeglass errors in patients with uncorrected impaired vision that was first introduced in the early 1990s. According to the LASIK websitethe procedure consists of three main steps:

  • A thin flap is created in the surface layer of the cornea and folded to one side.

  • The exposed area is then reshaped by very precisely targeted excimer laser pulses. Complex mathematical algorithms guide the laser to remove microscopic amounts of corneal tissue at predetermined positions on the cornea to correct its overall curvature.

  • The flap is then returned to its original position and reattaches to the cornea over time.

Weekend Breakfast Show with Gugs Mhlungu on Radio702 interviews Safesight Cataract & Eye Laser Center Eye Surgeon Dr. Tebogo Maleka on how using a sophisticated laser helps repair eye disorders uncorrected vision (scroll to listen).

This is a procedure done to correct people’s nearsightedness so that they don’t continue to wear glasses to see clearly.

Dr. Tebogo Maleka, eye surgeon at Safesight Cataract & Eye Laser Center.

Maleke says 99% of patients who opt for laser eye surgery will see “20/20 and even better.” According to American Optometric Association, 20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (clarity or visual acuity) measured at a distance of just over six meters (20 feet). This means you see clearly at 20 feet what would normally be seen at that distance.

The lasers are so sophisticated that patients end up seeing better than before with glasses.

Dr. Tebogo Maleka, eye surgeon at Safesight Cataract & Eye Laser Center.

The laser eye surgery procedure is quick and painless, according to Maleke.

There is a numbing drop that is used. It is a very quick procedure, i.e. about 10 to 20 minutes in the procedure room. The first two or three days can be irritable. But the procedure itself is not painful, zero pain

Dr. Tebogo Maleka, eye surgeon at Safesight Cataract & Eye Laser Center.


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