Laser Eye Surgery
As of 2014, we’re proud to be the first laser clinic in New Zealand to perform the revolutionary
SMILE laser eye surgery.
SMILE uses one laser machine (the VisuMax® femtosecond laser) to correct short sight. The Wellington
Eye Centre is the first laser clinic in New Zealand to install the VisuMax femtosecond laser – no
other current femtosecond laser has the accuracy, speed and capability of the VisuMax laser.
We were the first laser clinic to perform LASIK in New Zealand in 1995 and it continues to
deliver impressive results. Utilising two lasers (the VisuMax femtosecond laser and the MEL 90
excimer), LASIK creates a very thin circular flap of corneal tissue to expose the corneal tissue
underneath. This is then reshaped to correct your visual error before the corneal flap is placed
back into position.
The combination of these two leading lasers means that we have the most advanced and
sophisticated laser eye surgery system available anywhere in the world.
Another first, we were the first to introduce PRK to New Zealand, which is known for its very high quality vision results, with very high safety levels. In PRK a thin layer of corneal skin is removed from the front of the cornea, after which the laser treatment is performed. A soft contact lens is then placed on the eye to protect the skin whilst it heals – this usually takes six days. PRK has made laser vision correction possible for many people who weren’t able to have LASIK due to thin corneas. If you weren’t suitable for SMILE or LASIK, talk to us about PRK.
VisuMax® and SMILE® are registered trademarks of Carl Zeiss Meditec.