TYPES OF PROCEDURES
Dr Rick Wolfe performs a complete range of customised vision correction procedures to ensure the best visual outcome for each and every one of his patients.
The procedures include laser treatments, such as LASIK, ASLA, LASER CATARACT EXTRACTION and RLE (LIFESTYLE LENS) and non-laser treatments such as Accelerated Corneal Cross-Linking, ICL (Implantable Contact Lens) and Kerarings.
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is performed to treat short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism, using a computer-guided laser. The procedure involves the creation of a corneal flap, followed by the re-shaping of the cornea. To perform LASIK, Dr Wolfe uses the WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond Laser and the WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser with its ultra-thin laser pulse and a high-speed eye-tracker, checking the eye’s position and ensuring an accurate placement.
In 1996, Dr Wolfe was the first surgeon in Victoria to perform the LASIK procedure and continues to be a leader in the field of laser eye surgery. Today LASIK is the most popular laser eye correction procedure chosen by patients. Over the last 20 years, 44 million procedures have been performed globally, including 400,000 procedures in Australia.
ASLA (also known as Advanced PRK and LASEK) is performed to treat short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism, using a computer-guided laser. ASLA is different from LASIK because it does not require the creation of a flap.
In 1991, Dr Wolfe was one of the first surgeons to perform ASLA in Australia. He is internationally recognised for his expertise in performing ASLA surgery and, in 2003, demonstrated his method by performing a live procedure to 2,000 eye surgeons at an international conference held in the USA.
LASER CATARACT EXTRACTION
Laser Cataract Surgery is the latest advancement in cataract surgery. Rather than the traditional manual technique, this procedure uses a computer-guided laser in the first steps of cataract surgery, which increases precision and accuracy.
RLE (LIFESTYLE LENS)
RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange) is a treatment that involves replacing the natural lens of the eye with an IOL (intraocular lens). This procedure is recommended for patients aged 50 and over, who are frustrated with their reading glasses and age-related decline in vision (presbyopia) and who wish to achieve total spectacle independence for distance, intermediate and reading.