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LASIK technique has introduced a new generation of laser vision correction, based for the first time on ‘flap’ surgery. LASIK technique, or Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, is bringing brand new technology to operate inside the cornea, unlike PRK ‘surface’ technique of the previous generation.

     During LASIK procedure, your Rutnin-Gimbel ophthalmologist pushes aside the superficial layer of the cornea with a precision instrument before modifying the inner layer with an excimer laser. The superficial layer of the cornea is then pushed back to its original position.


LASIK procedure offers multiple benefits compared to ‘surface’ technique (PRK):

  • No surface ablation surgery
  • Much less discomfort during and after operation
  • Smoother and quicker healing process
  • Quicker visual recovery

Detailed Steps of LASIK Surgery

Step 1. : Flap Creation

A flap is created in the superficial layer of the cornea with a precision instrument.

Step 2. : Flap is folded back

The prepared flap is folded back like a page of a book, exposing the inner corneal tissue to be treated

Step 3. : Corneal sculpting

An excimer laser is used to remove the corneal tissue point by point within a few seconds, correcting the visual defect.

Step 4. : Flap is repositioned

Afterwards, the flap is returned to its original position, protecting the eye much like a natural bandage.

Who can be Candidate?

General Requirements

     Rutnin-Gimbel ophthalmologists strictly apply Rutnin’s ethics in eye surgery and make sure first that any patient meets following general conditions, whatever the treatment could be:

  • 20 year old minimum
  • In good health overall
  • Good eyes condition (no eye disease)
  • No pregnancy, no breast feeding

Candidates for LASIK treatment

     If the patient meets all prerequisite conditions, LASIK can be proposed as treatment for:

  • Myopia, for refraction up to -12 D,(including astigmatism up to 6 D)
  • Hyperopia, for refraction up to +3 D,(including astigmatism up to 6 D)

     Rutnin-Gimbel ophthalmologist will determine during the thorough pre-operative examination if the eye conditions enable and require a LASIK treatment.

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