Special advantages of LASIK, Femto-LASIK

LASIK has been used since 1993 as the most advanced and widely used method for correcting ametropia. The combination of microsurgical incision technique and tissue evaporation by the excimer laser achieves particularly fast and accurate results:

  • The laser treatment takes only a few minutes.
  • Treatment completely tailored to the individuality of each eye.
  • Femto-LASIK offers high accuracy and safety.
  • Large range for correction ametropia.

The individual steps of Femto-LASIK surgery


Step 1

The high-precision femtosecond laser produces a thin corneal flap.

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Step 2

By gently lifting the flap, the inner corneal tissue is exposed for correction.


Step 3

The corneal tissue is now modelled or corrected with the excimer laser.


Step 4

The flap is brought back to its original position, immediately absorbs again after the operation and within a few days it connects again stably with the lower tissue.

Preoperative examination

„We determine which procedure is actually suitable for you through thorough preliminary examinations.“

Annette Trabold, MSc Vision Science & Business

The eye exam

How to get started?

Since you are reading this web page, you are already well on your way. Please continue reading everything in this web site. If you have any questions, look under the FAQ section or call us directly. Once you become convinced that a treatment is the right thing for you, call us for an appointment. The preoperative eye exam is very comprehensive and will take about two and a half hours. It is one of the most scrutinizing eye exams, specifically to determine your chances for success. The eye exam consists of a thorough evaluation and analysis of your eyes and your visual system.

You will receive dilating drops to measure the degree of your refractive error. Among many others, the size of your pupils, topography and thickness of your cornea will be assessed. Most importantly, you will be encouraged to ask questions and voice concerns. All aspects of the procedure will be carefully explained. You will be offered candid and detailed information, for any question you may have. You can rest assured that you will be given a professional and realistic opinion of the results you can expect.


When scheduling an appointment for an eye exam, please consider the following:

- Contact lenses must be removed from the operative eye prior to the day of your eye exam as follows: Hard lenses and gas permeable rigid lenses as well as soft lenses at least two weeks.

- Because of the dilating drops, you will need to arrange transportation for the day of your eye exam. Private automobile or taxi is recommended.

- You should allow yourself approximately 2-3 hours at the Augen-Laser-Klinik Lohr for preparation time and eye exam.

- The fees for the eye exam will be credited towards the surgery fee. Fees are payable either in cash or by the Maestro debit card at our Center.

- The preoperative exam, the procedure and the postoperative exam can be scheduled on three consecutive days. This will enable you to return to your home or work quickly and avoids multiple journeys to our center.

A series of tests are performed to determine the individual characteristics of your eyes. For example, the refractive power of the eye is measured at more than 1,250 different points using wavefront analysis.

The data correspond to the uniqueness of a fingerprint. This determines an ablation profile for each individual point of the optical zone.

The aberrometer is also used for the exact measurement of higher grade optical aberrations of the eye. Often, these defects, together with myopia, farsightedness and corneal curvature, influence vision.

The degree of aberration is determined over the entire pupil width with the aid of the aberrometer. In this way, an individual, tailor-made operation can be performed for each eye. Especially at night a better image quality can be achieved - compared to standard LASIK (not wavefront controlled).

Please do not drive home yourself during the preliminary examination. Because of the dilation of the pupil, you will not be able to see clearly for the rest of the day after the examination. Your companion is welcome to be present during the measurements and consultation.

The day of your LASIK procedure

When you arrive at the Augen-Laser-Klinik Lohr, please register with one of our patient representatives and sign the consent form, if you have not done so yet. You can make your down payment by cash or Maestro debit card.

You will then move to the preoperative preparation area. Wearing a cap and shoe covers maintain the sterile surgical environment in the surgery room. Before, you will receive a mild sedative and anesthetic eye drops. Should you have any further questions, the doctor will be happy to speak with you prior to your procedure.


Inside the laser room

The laser is calibrated and programmed before you enter the laser room. It will take a few minutes to position you properly under the laser microscope. Your face will be partly covered by a surgical sheet and a simple device known as an eyelid speculum will prevent you from blinking. It is painless.

Eye drops will be placed in the operative eye. These include anesthetic drops to numb the eye, antibiotic drops to prevent infection, and anti-inflammatory drops to reduce post-operative discomfort.

You will be asked to look at a flashing red light. The surgeon will monitor your eye through the microscope at any time.

During the first part of the actual procedure, you will feel a slight sensation of pressure and your vision will go dark as your surgeon creates the protective corneal flap with a femtosecond laser or a device called microceratome. Once it has been removed, the flashing red light may look somewhat distant and unfocussed. This is normal.

In the second part, you will hear a "clicking" sound as the laser alters the refractive curvature of your eye. You will not experience any discomfort during your LASIK procedure. You should continue looking at the flashing red light, but the laser tracking system will adjust to any inadvertent eye movements. As a safety feature, it will actually shut off completely, if your eyes move too quickly. You do not need to be patient for long: The actual laser time is usually less than 60 seconds.

Immediately after the laser treatment, the flap is lowered into place and your eye will be rinsed with special eye drops. Then, the procedure will be repeated for the second eye.

How does the excimer laser works

The laser treatment is applied under the flap to gently reshape the cornea. Because the laser is applied to the cornea below the surface, the healing response is minimal and the results of the treatment are more predictable.
The excimer laser makes pulses of invisible ultraviolet light. A computer running specialized software determines the exact pattern of pulses needed to remove the right amount of corneal tissue. The computer also directs the actual operation of the laser system. Each pulse of light removes a microscopic layer from the cornea, changing the curvature of the cornea. Only a very small amount of tissue is removed, usually less than the thickness of a hair. Low refractive errors require smaller amounts of tissue removal, and larger corrections require greater amounts.

After the LASIK procedure

The surgeon will remove the eyelid speculum and the face cover and help you to stand up.

Out in the preparation area, after a slit lamp examination of the flap, you will be given a post-operative kit containing drops and medication to use for the next few days. Follow the surgeon's instructions, which you will find on a printed piece of paper.

After you will be asked to visit us for the postoperative exam the next day, your driver will then be able to take you home to rest.

A few "Do's" and "Don'ts"


- There are no restrictions on eating, drinking, or medications before the procedure.

- You may wear comfortable clothing the day of your procedure.

- On the day of your procedure, all traces of make-up should be removed prior to your arrival

- Please go directly home after your treatment. We recommend that you rest for a few hours

- Do not to rub your eye at all, just dab gently underneath the eye

- Use the eye shields for protection at night or sun glasses during daytime whenever possible

- Avoid swimming, hot tubs, and gardening for one week

- Do not wear make-up for the first four to five days following your LASIK procedure

- Showers and baths are possible, but avoid getting water into your eye

- You may go back to work and return to your usual daily routine the day after your treatment

- At your first post OP visit, your eye doctor will tell you when you may resume driving. Most patients see well enough to drive 24 hours after their procedure.

postoperative care

Postoperative Management

What is the post-operative care like

Fee structure

Fee Structure

The following costs are to be expected.


Side Effects

These temporary side effects and complications during the healing process are possible.

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