LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. The goal of LASIK surgery is to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses and contacts and correct common problems such as farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism.

The experienced doctors at Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital specialize in LASIK surgery.

What happens during LASIK surgery?

After a routine eye examination, you will be examined with a corneal topographer. Eye drops are then used to anesthetize the eye. During LASIK surgery, a laser device is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middle section of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced. The presence of a high speed eye-tracker on our system ensures accurate treatment even if you accidentally move your eye.

In our hospital we use the latest WaveLight ALLEGRETTO WAVE Eye-Q Excimer Laser. The WaveLight ALLEGRETTO WAVE Eye-Q Excimer Laser has a very fast eye tracker system that ensures accurate positioning of the laser beam on the corneal surface, thus enabling us to perform custom ablation, that is, laser treatment tailored just for you. Our surgeons also use the latest innovation in LASIK surgery, the Intralese FS-60. For more information on Intralase please visit

What kind of disorders can be corrected by LASIK?

LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Who will perform my surgery at Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital?

Professor Mahmut Kaskaloglu, the hospital’s founder and one of the most respected eye surgeons in Turkey, and Dr. Bilgehan Sezgin perform all of the LASIK operations in our hospital. Prof. Kaskaloglu is a doctor with more than 34 years’ experience both practicing and teaching ophthalmology. Dr. Sezgin has worked at Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital since 2004. Both doctors speak English.

How should I prepare for surgery?

The day before surgery, stop wearing any perfume, make-up, lotions or creams. You will come to the clinic at the appointed time wearing casual, comfortable clothes. The procedure takes only a half hour, but you should plan your day so that you can spend two to three hours at the clinic.

Is LASIK painful?

The procedure is relatively painless, however, some patients complain of a brief sense of pressure. A few hours after the procedure there may be temporary stinging, burning and tearing. In that case taking a painkiller should help.
When will my vision be normal after surgery?

Most patients will have very good vision the next morning. However, final healing will take a few months.

When can I go to work?

Depending on your occupation, you may start work in 1-2 days.
Will my health insurance or social security pay for the operation?

Generally speaking, they will not. However, some insurance companies may pay for special cases. You should consult your health care company.

Will my eye be covered after the operation and will I use any medication?

After the operation we will give you protective glasses to be worn that night. You will be asked you use drops for one month.

When should I remove my contact lenses?

You should remove soft lenses two weeks before surgery and hard lenses four weeks before surgery.
Will I need glasses after LASIK?

The majority of the patients can function without glasses after LASIK surgery. Patients over age 40 may need reading glasses or night driving glasses.

Can LASIK be performed on both eyes on the same session?

Yes, this is the standard procedure in our clinic.

What are the risks of LASIK?

There are a few risks associated with LASIK surgery. Some people have experienced blindness, vision changes, dry eyes, and a continued need for glasses after surgery. However, under the care of the experienced professionals at Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital and with a clear understanding of the risks and alternatives associated with LASIK surgery, you will most likely be quite happy with the result of your surgery.
Where can I get more information about LASIK?

You can find more information at the US Food and Drug Administration website here: