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Laser surgery

Refractive errors can easily be corrected with laser surgery. If you want to get rid of you glasses or contact lenses, laser surgery is the best option. The aim of the laser surgery procedure is to change the refractive (light-bending) properties of the eye, so that the light is directed to the correct part of the retina.

The laser does not burn or cut the eye. LASIK surgery is one of the most common medical procedures, and the patient satisfaction rate is high. According to international statistics, 96% of the patients who have undergone LASIK surgery are satisfied with the result.

Laser surgery can be used to correct different types of refractive errors. It can correct short-sightedness up to around -12 D, long-sightedness up to around +6 D, or astigmatism up to 6 D, or a combination of these.

The treatment process starts with a thorough preoperative assessment, where the suitability of laser surgery is assessed and an individual treatment plan is drawn up. The preoperative assessment is not performed on the same day as the procedure itself. Learn more about the preoperative assessment and how to prepare for the procedure.

Laser surgery cannot be performed if:

  • •the patient is less than 18 years old
  • •the patient suffers from an eye disease such as keratoconus, cataracts or glaucoma
  • •the patient has a heart pacemaker
  • •the patient is pregnant or breastfeeding
  • •the cornea is abnormally thin
  • •the patient is on medication that causes dryness of the mucous membranes (e.g. Roaccutan)
  • •the patient suffers from immunodeficiency
  • •the patient has very dry eyes
  • •visual acuity has changed significantly during the past year

All surgical procedures are associated with risks, even if the risks are minimal in the case of laser surgery. Each patient is unique and therefore treated according to an individual treatment plan.

At our eye care unit, the procedures are performed by Timo Hellstedt and Tapio Ihanamäki, both experienced and internationally renowned eye specialists and surgeons. We offer a warranty on laser eye surgery. If the desired result is not achieved, we can perform a second procedure to rectify the problem, free of charge.

If you are considering laser eye surgery, we recommend that you make an appointment for a free evaluation. The evaluation consists of an interview and an eye examination performed by an optometrist. The thickness of the cornea is also measured. The evaluation takes 15-20 minutes. 


Instructions

1. 

Make an appointment for a free evaluation by calling 09 7750 8111. If you contact us by e-mail, please note that we need your Personal Identity Code to be able to schedule your free evaluation. You should therefore include your phone number in the message, so that we can call you to schedule your appointment.

2. 

You can also make an appointment for a full preoperative assessment with the optometrist and surgeon. The preoperative assessment involves different kinds of examinations and measurements, and is performed to assess whether you are a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. Prior to the preoperative assessment and the operation, you must refrain from using contact lenses:

  • •Soft lenses for daytime wear – 1 week
  • •Soft lenses for around-the-clock wear – 2 weeks
  • •Rigid lenses – 4 weeks
3.

The operation is performed as a day surgery procedure in our eye care unit in Ruoholahti. During the procedure, the eye is anaesthetised with eye drops. The procedure is painless, but you may feel some discomfort. You will be discharged from care about an hour after the procedure, when the surgeon has examined the eye. We will give you clear home care instructions before you leave.

4.

Following LASIK surgery, the eye will be examined after about one hour. Follow-up examinations will also be performed after 1-3 days (surgeon), 1 month (optometrist and surgeon) and 6 months (optometrist and surgeon). PRK surgery requires follow-up examinations after 4 days, 1 month and 6 months. 

Expenses

The price for laser surgery depends on what technique is used. Before each operation, a thorough pre-operative assessment will be performed to determine what type of surgery is most suitable for the patient. The patient can get a Social Insurance Institution (Kela) reimbursement for the preoperative assessment and the operation itself. 
The price for the pre-operative assessment starts from €255 + an administrative fee of €16The price for laser surgery in both eyes starts from €3245 + an administrative fee of €16The price for the follow-up examinations is €80-120 + an administrative fee of €16

With a Diacor Hoitotili (Diacor Healthcare Account), you get opportunities for flexible payment. If you wish, you can pay your bill in instalments.

Medical centres

Ruoholahden silmäyksikkö

Ruoholahti

Porkkalankatu 22 A
00180 Helsinki

Monday - Thursday 7.30-20
Friday 7.30-18
   
   
23.12. 7.30-16
24.-26.12. Closed
5.1.17 7.30-18
6.1. Closed

Experts

Hellstedt Timo

Ophthalmologist

MD, Specialist in Ophthalmology, Eye Surgeon. Cataract surgery, laser treatments for posterior capsular opacification (PCO), Femtolasik laser eye surgery, corneal surgery, Intacs procedure, keratoconus

Ihanamäki Tapio

Ophthalmologist

MD, Specialist in Ophthalmology and Neuro-ophthalmology, Eye Surgeon. Cataract surgery, YAG laser treatments for posterior capsular opacification (PCO), laser treatments for glaucoma, selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), LASIK laser eye surgery, PRK laser eye surgery, neuro-ophthalmology (diagnosis), eye diseases (diagnosis and treatment)