The correction method most often used and recommended by the Clinic’s surgeons is LASEK. This method is considered to be the safest and does not cause any undesirable post-operative side-effects.
Operations conducted by this method have minimum risk of complications from the formation of patches on the cornea. There is no incision made in the cornea, thus its integrity and function is maintained. After the surgery, no eye dryness or sensitivity is experienced, as this method does not damage the inner layers of the cornea.
The patients may as well choose other methods for the operation, such as LASIK or PRK.
Eye Surgery PROCEDURE
Over 1,000 vision correction operations are done at our partner clinic every year!Prior to the procedure the patient assumes a comfortable lying position and a local anaesthetic, in the shape of eye drops, is applied. The operation itself lasts for about 20 minutes, during which the upper part of the cornea is treated by a laser which changes the cornea’s convexity and its refractory power. Light rays that pass through the eye’s optic system start to focus in the retina and in this way the vision improves.
Immediately after the operation the patient will receive detailed instructions and recommendations for the aftercare together with prescribed eye drops. In addition the patient is given the doctor’s telephone number, in case are any further questions or problems arise. Depending on the method used for the vision correction, a post-operative examination is carried out on the first or fourth day after the operation.
Thorough SCREENINGBefore the operation, special tests are performed in order to have a very precise assessment of the patient’s vision. Each eye is analysed by front segment tomography (Pentacam) and a topography of the cornea is conducted. Likewise, the eyes’ parameters are measured and a throughout assessment of the optic system (Wavefront) is done. If necessary, an OCT test of the retina is carried out, enabling the detection of even the smallest changes in the fundus of the eye. After the course of tests the doctors can safely plan the vision correction procedure.
The operation is performed only if an assessment has been made regarding whether the result of the procedure will meet the patient’s and the surgeon’s expectations. Prior to surgery, the doctor and the patient will discuss the pros and cons and decide upon the most appropriate method of the correction.
- If the degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism exceeds these limits: nearsightedness greater than (-) 8 D, farsightedness greater than (+) 3 D, astigmatism above 3 D;
- If the cornea is too thin, the surgery can‘t be performed even if the degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism is not exceeding the limits. The thickness of the cornea before the surgery must be at least 500 microns;
- If the patient is diagnosed with systemic, auto-immune, connective tissue, allergical diseases, diabetes mellitus;
- During pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- Eye surgery for vision correction procedures are one of the safest surgeries. They are being performed all over the world for over 20 years. Any post-surgical complications, although unlikely, are curable. For the patient that doesn‘t cost anything extra.
- During the first examination, the doctor will inform you about the possible negative effects of the surgery in detail. These are generally related to your age, refractive defect, the thickness of the cornea, basic physical condition, etc. A common urban myth tells that in two to twenty years after the surgery, it is possible to become blind; however clinical experience and research proves otherwise. It shows that the patient can’t become blind due to the surgery. Nonetheless, an eye surgery for vision correction does not guarantee that other eye diseases, such as glaucoma or cataracts, will not occur.
Our partner clinic offers the following nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism excimer laser surgery correction methods: LASIK, epi-LASIK, LASIK SBK, LASEK, PRK. Each one of these methods has various benefits. During the first appointment at the clinic the patient‘s eyes are thoroughly examined and the patient is informed about the alternatives. He/she then can make a decision on which method he/she wants to choose.
As we believe that safety of a surgery comes on top of all, we recommend LASEK method. The use of surface ablation technique when there is no incision in the cornea, thus eliminating some risks concerning LASIK methodology, is encouraged by the most influential eye surgery specialists in the world. Therefore LASEK is the most commonly used method in our partner eye clinic.
Eye surgery methods for vision correction are divided into two groups:
- Surface ablation (LASEK, PRK)
- Patch forming (LASIK, LASIK.SBK).
Read more about the method you are interested in:
LASEK – Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy – surgery goes like this: the patch is being formed from the upper layer of the cornea (epithelium), then, using the laser, the shape of the inner layer of the cornea (stroma) is changed and covered with the patch of epithelium. After the surgery, the patient has to wear a healing contact lens for a few days. Epi-LASIK method is almost identical to LASEK, except for the fact that during the latter the patch is being formed with an automated device.
LASIK SBK – SubBauman Keratectomy – surgery goes as following: using a microkeratom, the patch is being formed from the top layer (epithelium) and an extremely thin (30 microns) part of the middle layer (stroma) of the cornea. The patch is then flipped over and the corneal shape is changed using an excimer laser. After that the patch is returned to its position. A healing contact lens has to be worn for a day after the surgery.
LASIK – Laser Assisted In situ Keratomileusis – procedure goes as this: using a special device called microkeratom, the patch is being formed from the top layer (epithelium) and a part of the middle layer (stroma) of the cornea. The patch is then flipped over and the corneal shape is changed using an excimer laser. After that the patch is returned to its position.
PRK – Photo-Refractive Keratectomy – surgery goes as following: a special scraper is used to remove the top layer of the cornea (epithelium). Then using a laser, the shape of the middle layer of the cornea (stroma) is changed. After the surgery a special healing contact lens has to be worn for a few days.
Operations are performed with the new generation Meditec eximeric laser MEL 80 assembled by Carl Zeiss. For the pre-operative examinations, our partner clinic’s team use highly accurate diagnostic equipment from the producers in Germany, Japan and USA.
In addition to the eximeric laser, other pieces of the diagnostic equipment used during the pre-operative examination phase play an important role. These are as following: the CRS Master individual operation planning system, the IOL Master biometer, the Pentacam frontal eye segment analyser, the WASCA wavefront analyser for examining aberrations and the cornea endothelium cell analyser. All of the devices are regarded as state-of-art in the field of eye surgery procedures.
|Eye Surgery||Price in €||Price in £|
|All-included cost of vision correction – €925 | £800|
|Consultation with ophthalmologist||25||20|
|Eye Surgery – Vision correction, both eyes, by eximeric laser||900 from
|Post-operative care for one year after the operation||No charge||No charge|
|Eye drops to be used at home in the first days after the operation||No charge||No charge|
|Strengthening of the corrective effect for one year after the operation||No charge||No charge|
Here you will find the most frequently asked questions:
How is an eye surgery for vision correction operation better in Lithuania than for instance in Scandinavian country?
In Lithuania, as in Scandinavia, eye surgery for vision correction operations are carried out with a high standard of quality. However, an operation in Lithuania is more accessibly priced, even when all the extra costs are included. Inquire us to get more detailed information.
If my health insurance covers eye surgery for vision correction at my home country, will I get a refund if I undergo the operation in Lithuania?
If the treatment is compensated by the local health insurer, EU directive 2011/24/EU allows to ask for reimbursement even if you over go the procedure in another member state (in the given case Lithuania). Read more about this possibility here or contact your healthcare insurance company.
If there will be a need for a follow-up procedure, will it be given free of charge?
Every method includes a guarantee that if there is a need to perform a vision correction strengthening eye surgery within a year after the initial procedure, it will be done free of charge.
What is the best time of the year to plan an eye surgery?
The success of the operation does not depend on a season, hence patients may choose a time for their eye surgery for vision correction that suits them the best. However, if you are planning an active vacation after the surgery, you need to remember that your eyes will be more sensitive for a while and you will need to watch out for dust and sun rays and to avoid bathing in open bodies of water and swimming pools.
Sometimes a doctor will not recommend an operation by a laser – why is that?
The only competent place for a consultation about an eye surgery for vision correction is in a clinic that does such operations. A specialist of such clinic will never recommend a laser surgery if there are other vision correction methods that are more suitable for the patient, e.g. intra-ocular correction or a clear lens operation.
How to look after the eyes in the post-operative period?
For several weeks after the operation it is forbidden to use any eye cosmetics. It is normal that for some time the eyes will be more sensitive, thus it will be necessary to avoid dust and sun rays (by wearing sunglasses) and also to avoid bathing in open bodies of water and swimming pools. Special eye drops will be prescribed for you.
When will I be able to return to work after the operation?
When you will be able to return to work after the operation depends on the nature of your work. We usually recommend that you come to Lithuania for 7 days (6 nights), as this gives enough time to ensure adequate preparation for the operation and for post-operative observation. Those planning a vacation or time off work should consider that they will need one week.
What do I do if a month after the operation my eyes still feel abnormal?
For up to one year after the operation our partner clinic gives free of charge consultations both online and in the clinic. Most often after the operation the patients see an ophthalmologist in the area where they live to evaluate the post-operative results. However, if you believe it is necessary, you are welcome to visit our partner clinic. Normally an evaluation of the post-operative results is carried out 4–6 months after the operation.
What is done during the operation? Will it hurt?
During the operation the surface layer of the cornea is treated by a special laser, leading to a change in the cornea’s convexity and its refractory power. Light rays that pass through the eye’s optic system start to focus in the retina and hence the vision improves.
The patient assumes a comfortable lying position in the operating room and a local anaesthetic is applied in the shape of eye drops. Therefore, the patient does not feel any pain or unpleasant sensations.
The operation takes about 20 minutes. Immediately after the operation the patient is given some instructions and recommendations together with prescribed eye drops. After that the patient is fit to go back home or to the hotel.
Can an eye surgery for vision correction be performed for everyone with vision problems?
For some patients an eye surgery for vision correction may not be recommended. The specialist will not recommend the operation if he/she sees that the desired outcome – good vision without glasses – is unlikely to be achieved. Eye surgery for vision correction by laser is recommended only for those whose cornea is not too thin and myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism does not exceed the following limits: nearsightedness greater than (-) 8 D, farsightedness greater than (+) 3 D, astigmatism above 3 D. Also the candidates must not have any eye diseases and their physical condition should be sufficiently good.
After the operation, will I be able to live without glasses for the rest of my life?
The effect of vision correction eye surgery is long-term and stable. However, the medical possibilities are not limitless. This operation is not a restoration of vision but rather a replacement of one mean of correction (glasses or contact lenses) by another (operation). The expected outcome of the correction surgery is that after the operation the person should be able to see without glasses the way he used to see before the operation when using well chosen glasses or contact lenses. It is important to mention that the result of the operation also depends very much on the extent and complexity of the person’s myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. You also need to know that every person with normal sight, whether their eyes have been operated on or not, starts to need glasses for reading later on in their lives.
How to prepare for the operation?
Contact lenses should not be worn for two weeks before the surgery; and for several days before the surgery, eye cosmetics (mascara, dry eye shadow) should not be used.
After the vision correction eye surgery, will I be able to have a baby normally?
The vision correction eye surgery does not affect the process of giving birth, nor does the process of giving birth affect the operated eyes. However, it is recommended to wait for about six months after the operation before getting pregnant, since the hormone-based and antibiotic-based eye drops used during the post-operative period may have an effect on the development of the foetus. Since the operation causes stress for the body, as do pregnancy and giving birth, it is recommended that there should be some pause between those states. Our partner eye clinic is pleased to say that there have been many female patients who gave birth after laser eye surgery and who continue to enjoy excellent vision.