Laser (Refractive) Eye Surgery
Enjoy visual freedom with affordable laser vision correction
What is laser eye surgery?
Laser eye surgery (also called refractive surgery or laser vision correction) involves reshaping the cornea to correct common vision problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. As a specialist in the surgical treatment of the cornea, Dr Gupta is pleased to offer laser vision correction at a cost most patients find very reasonable.
As an accomplished eye surgeon, Dr Gupta uses latest generation technology and techniques to bring his patients the best results when it comes to laser eye surgery. Skilled in both popular surgical methods – PRK and LASIK – Dr Gupta tends towards PRK since it provides the same effective, safe and reliable results without affecting the structural integrity of the cornea. For patients at risk of being knocked post-surgery (e.g. parents, sportspeople, police personnel), PRK’s flapless technique can be the best choice. There is no difference in long term visual outcome from either procedure.
Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?
Millions of people world-wide have undergone laser refractive surgery. It’s an excellent solution for most patients who meet the following criteria:
- Over 18
- Not pregnant or breast feeding
- In general good health
- Have had a stable prescription for at least a year.
The best way to find out if you’re suitable for laser eye surgery is to come in for a free consultation. Dr Gupta will take you through a thorough examination, explain how you’ll benefit from laser surgery, and discuss the best option for you. Please note: soft contact lens wearers should leave their lenses out for 3 days before consultation.
About PRK and TransPRK No Touch laser eye surgery
Dr Gupta offers suitable patients PRK laser treatment using the sophisticated Schwind Amaris laser at Melbourne Excimer Laser Group in East Melbourne. This laser enables him to perform TransPRK No Touch – an advanced laser treatment that not only avoids the eye coming into contact with any instrument, but also reduces possible intraoperative issues since it only involves one laser from start to finish.
With TransPRK No Touch, the epithelium is removed with the laser followed by prescription correction by the same equipment so no change over to another machine is required. (This differs from LASIK in which the Femtosecond laser is used first followed by the excimer laser second). The procedure is smooth, painless and quick making even the most apprehensive patients feel comfortable. TransPRK is performed under local anaesthetic drops in under 5 minutes on each eye.
A soft contact lens is placed on the eye for 4-7 days to help with the healing process before being removed by Dr Gupta.
About LASIK laser eye surgery
LASIK is a popular method of laser vision correction. The procedure involves the creation of a corneal flap using a Femtosecond laser and then correction of the shape of the cornea using the Schwind Amaris laser. The procedure is painless and delivers optimum visual outcomes. During your consultation, Dr Gupta will discuss the pros and cons of both laser options so you can make an informed choice about the best method for you.
How much does laser eye surgery cost?
The cost of your laser eye surgery will depend on a number of factors including the type of surgical method used and the amount of vision correction required. After a full consultation, Dr Gupta will give you a detailed quote for your laser eye surgery procedure. The price includes a follow up appointment and subsequent routine check-ups for a full year following your treatment. In some cases, a second (enhancement) procedure may be recommended. If there is room to further improve your vision, Dr Gupta does not charge extra for this service.