Surgeons at London’s OCL Vision have become the first in the UK to offer a new form of keyhole laser eye surgery offering improved precision and faster healing times.
The SmartSIGHT procedure, which can be used to permanently correct common vision problems such as myopia and astigmatism, uses an advanced laser, the Schwind ATOS – the first in the UK and one of only a handful available worldwide.
The German-designed laser is used to make a tiny incision in the eye’s surface, through which a small disc of the cornea is removed. The painless procedure can be performed in minutes and enables the surgeon to track the patient’s line of sight with precision. Because the incision is smaller than that made in traditional laser surgery, the healing process is also faster.
Allon Barsam, ophthalmic surgeon and co-founder of OCL Vision, said: ‘Laser eye surgery technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, and the sophistication – and sheer range – of the procedures now available enable specialist surgeons to offer every patient a treatment perfectly tailored to their needs.
‘The SmartSIGHT procedure won’t be right for everyone, but for patients who play sports or who require a rapid recovery time, it may be preferable to more familiar forms of laser eye surgery like LASIK. In addition, the minimally invasive nature of the procedure means that patients are less likely to experience dry eyes in the days following the operation than they would after LASIK.’