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Laser Eye Surgery

Laser and Refractive Eye Surgery

There are 2 types of laser corrective eye surgery.

PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

Laser Eye Surgery

The first is called PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) which is less expensive to have, involves surface ablation with an excimer laser and takes a little longer to heal (2-3 weeks).

PRK can be used to treat long-sightedness, short-sightedness and astigmatism but your eye surgeon will tell you after doing some tests whether you are a good candidate or not.

Femtosecond Laser

The second type involves making a corneal flap using (in our setting) a Femtosecond Laser.  Then the excimer laser is used to ablate the cornea as with PRK. NASA encourages all its astronauts to have this laser corrective surgery.

There are only 2 femtosecond lasers in Gauteng and one in the Cape. The procedure is more expensive and the healing is quicker. Both PRK and Femtosecond laser have equal visual results in the long term (after 3 months).

Dr Cockinos and Sian were excellent. They made me feel very relaxed with the whole procedure and were able to answer all my questions confidently. Very happy with my results and service. Would highly recommend them to anyone considering eye correction surgery

Daylin Kirk

Wearing glasses all the time became impossible with my boisterous and extremely playful toddler! Not having to do so after PRK has been life changing.  Dr Cockinos and her team were so patient and calm with me when I was extremely nervous, for that I’m so grateful.

There was nothing to worry about as the procedure was completely painless. I remember looking at a little light and waiting to start, but then it was all done without me even realizing. I was expecting a painful recovery following surgery, but luckily sailed through the weeks that followed. My eyesight was worse at first but by the end of the third week was restored to 20/20 vision! I would highly recommend PRK. 

Jenny Wysoczanski

From the first consult I felt comfortable and confident about the procedure. Dr Cockinos made the process sound simple and easy. The results far exceeded my expectations. I would recommend the PRK to anyone looking for improving their vision. 

Patrick Wysoczanski