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Refractive Laser Surgery


Refractive eye surgery is any eye surgery used to improve the refractive state of the eye and decrease or eliminate reliance on contact lenses and glasses. It can reduce or permanently correct short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.

The most commonly used method is LASIK, which stands for ‘laser in-situ keratomileusis’, and is a technique of laser refractive surgery. PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is very similar to LASIK, and uses the same laser to re-shape the cornea. The vision results are as good as with LASIK. Other refractive methods include phakic intraocular lenses and clear lens exchange.

At the Lions Eye Institute, we have available and are experienced in all of the above techniques. Your ophthalmologist will access and discuss with you which is the most suitable option.

There have been more than 30 million LASIK procedures performed worldwide resulting in more than 96% of people no longer requiring glasses or contact lenses.

Lions Laser Vision Centre

Laser surgery at the institute is performed at the Lions Laser Vision Centre (LLVC), which is part of the Lions Eye Institute.

The LLVC has been changing people’s outlook on life for decades, and have now established themselves as the premier refractive treatment centre in WA. The centre was the first to perform the LASIK procedure in WA, as well as the first to become accredited by providing the highest standard of quality patient care in WA.

LLVC employ the best people and technology for the treatment of laser surgery, having recently invested more than $1million in the first ever SCHWIND AMARIS 750S excimer laser introduced into WA.

Further information and support

For further information on The Lions Laser Vision Centre’s LASIK surgery, including details on the procedure, recovery and aftercare, visit the  LLVC website.

The Lions Eye Institute also conducts an array of Clinical Trials. You can view these on our Clinical Trials page.

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