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Experience visual freedom with laser eye surgery in Zurich

In this video, Dr. Victor Derhartunian explains which laser eye surgery treatments are available at EyeLaser

Gain visual freedom with the laser eye treatment that’s right for you

Laser eye surgery in Zurich with uncompromising quality and precision

Imagine waking up in the morning and seeing the world through clear eyes, taking part in any physical activity without restriction or going on vacation without any worries. Millions of people all over the world have already experienced the freedom that laser eye surgery provides. It’s the most popular voluntary surgery in the world. Dr. Victor Derhartunian, EyeLaser’s senior eye surgeon, learned his craft from Theo Seiler. He is the pioneer of the world’s first laser eye surgery performed in 1987. Since then, this scientifically recognized procedure has been developed and perfected further. Many long-term studies confirm the high success rate and rapid healing of the treatment. The medical procedure has even been approved for jet pilots and astronauts. There are many types of laser eye treatments. However, they all have one thing in common: they shape the cornea of the eye with high-precision lasers so that you can see flawlessly. Laser eye surgery at EyeLaser is safe, quick and painless. The treatment only takes 15 to 20 minutes, and you will be able to see clearly within a few hours or days. We will not treat you according to a formula. We will spend a lot of time with you to tailor treatment specifically to your unique circumstances. We will thoroughly examine and test your eyes so we can determine the perfect treatment method for you.

LASIK is the best known and most commonly performed laser eye surgery.
After this treatment, you’ll have made the smart choice to live life on your own terms and will no longer need outmoded glasses or contact lenses to see. You can live life with the exceptional natural vision you deserve – without compromise.

PRK is a great solution if you want to be free from glasses and contacts but are unsuitable for LASIK. Once we’ve enhanced your vision, everyday activities become optimised with Swiss precision. Whether you’re making a cup of coffee, applying makeup or working out, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve without glasses and contacts.

SmartSight is the latest and most minimally invasive form of laser eye surgery. After this treatment, you’ll feel confident and ready for whatever life brings without the anxiety around your glasses and contact lenses getting in your way.

ICLs free you from glasses and contacts if you’re unsuitable for laser eye surgery. Even if you have already been told that laser treatment is not possible for you, or you would like to have a reversible procedure to correct your refractive error, a spectacle-free life is possible with ICL surgery.
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Not everyone is suitable for laser eye surgery.

The first step is to find out if your eyes are suitable. Call us or book an appointment online.

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During a free initial consultation, we will thoroughly examine your eyes and take the time to listen to your needs and expectations. Once we’ve found the best treatment for you, you will feel confident and reassured about your next steps.

Enjoy visual freedom

Once we’ve treated you at our state-of-the-art clinic, you’ll admire our handy work as you experience exceptional natural vision – free from the limitations of glasses and contact lenses.

Laser eye surgery gives you freedom from glasses and contact lenses

Discover everything you need to know about laser eye surgery

Are you suitable for laser eye surgery?

First things first: we can treat 99% of the patients who contact us. However, if you are not suitable for a surgical procedure, we will tell you this and unfortunately have to turn you away as a patient. This is a matter of course for us as serious eye surgeons. Of course, we will do everything in our power to help you achieve better vision. At EyeLaser, the decision is in the hands of specialists.

No two eyes are the same. Our primary concern is therefore to determine your visual acuity or defective vision as accurately as possible. To this end, we use only the most modern technologies and highly qualified personnel for the initial preliminary examination.

There are different methods for the surgical correction of visual defects. Not everyone is suitable for classic laser eye treatment. However, there are alternatives such as lens implantation, which can also be considered for more pronounced refractive errors or corneas that are too thin or irregular.

Are you suitable for laser eye surgery?

First things first: we can treat 99% of the patients who contact us. However, if you are not suitable for a surgical procedure, we will tell you this and unfortunately have to turn you away as a patient. This is a matter of course for us as serious eye surgeons. Of course, we will do everything in our power to help you achieve better vision. At EyeLaser, the decision is in the hands of specialists.

No two eyes are the same. Our primary concern is therefore to determine your visual acuity or defective vision as accurately as possible. To this end, we use only the most modern technologies and highly qualified personnel for the initial preliminary examination.

There are different methods for the surgical correction of visual defects. Not everyone is suitable for classic laser eye treatment. However, there are alternatives such as lens implantation, which can also be considered for more pronounced refractive errors or corneas that are too thin or irregular.

Basically, you should fulfil the following criteria for an eye operation:

– You are of age, i.e. at least 18 years old.
– Your visual acuity has been stable for at least one year.
– Your eye is healthy – you do not suffer from any relevant eye diseases.
– You are in a generally good state of health.
If you meet these criteria, you are generally eligible for laser eye surgery and we can determine which treatment method is best for you in a consultation and preliminary examination. The following methods are recommended depending on your specific visual defect:

Laser eye surgery for short-sightedness

up to approx.
-10 dioptres
Femto-LASIK/LASIK/SmartSight
up to approx. -6
dioptres
Femto-LASIK/LASIK/LASEK/SmartSight
approx. -6 to
-25 dioptres
Phakic Lenses (ICLs) / lens exchange

Laser eye surgery for farsightedness

up to max. +4 dioptres Femto-LASIK / LASIK / Phakic Lenses (ICLs) / lens exchange
approx. +5 to +10 dioptres Phakic Lenses (ICLs) / lens exchange

Laser eye surgery for astigmatism

up to 5 dioptres Femto-LASIK/LASIK/LASEK/Phakic Lenses (ICLs) / lens exchange/SmartSight

Laser eye surgery for presbyopia

Without other refractive errors PresbyMax/Femto-LASIK/Monovision/lens exchange
Hyperopia/Myopia +3 to -5 dpt PresbyMax/Femto-LASIK/Monovision/Presbyopia-LASIK
All visual defects Lens exchange with
monofocal/multifocal implants from Physiol, Zeiss, Precizon Presbyopic, Hoya or Panoptix (Alcon)

On the respective sub-pages you can find detailed information about the visual defects and the appropriate methods for their correction. We will also be happy to advise you personally. Simply arrange a free initial consultation.

Risks and side effects of laser eye surgery

As with any operation, eye surgery involves certain risks and side effects. The attending surgeon will explain these to you in detail at your consultation.

Although the complication rate with laser eye surgery is well below 1%, different paresthesia can occur. This depends on the vision correction method chosen. With most laser eye methods, any discomfort disappears after a few hours. You will have good eyesight the next day.

Laser eye surgery has been a scientifically recognized procedure for decades. It is one of the most frequently performed operations worldwide. The risks are extremely low. We reduce those risks even further through:

  • The critical selection of our patients
  • Meticulous preliminary examinations
  • Extensive experience

Nevertheless, we would like to inform you about possible complications:

  • Pain lasting up to three days
  • Fluctuating visual performance for up to several months (mainly with the Trans-PRK/PRK/LASEK method).
  • Watery eyes and a foreign body sensation in the eye can persist for 2 to 4 hours after the operation (With Femto-LASIK)
  • Eye dryness. You can moisten the eye sufficiently with commercially available eye drops.
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Increased sensitivity to glare. This can lead to the perception of halos or reduced visual acuity at dusk. We can reduce this risk with wavefront technology and careful laser programming.
  • Post-operative infection: You can counteract this by using antibiotic/steroid eye drops in the first week. Please report immediately if inflammation or pain occurs in the eye. Using these eye drops can also lead to increased dryness and increased intraocular pressure.
  • A possible over-or under-correction of up to 20% of the desired visual acuity. This can occur due to fluctuations in the healing process and the laser power.
  • We can correct this within the care time you choose after the operation.
  • Incision errors occur very rarely. These have been reduced even further by the introduction of femtosecond laser technology. They are negligible with appropriate follow-up treatment.
  • A softening of the cornea (keratectasia) is extremely rare (in 1 in 10,000 to 40,000 cases). We can correct this by using corneal crosslinking.
  • Growing in or shifting of the corneal flap can occur and can be remedied with a short intervention. It is therefore imperative that you keep your check-ups!
  • Patients over 45 years of age will likely need reading glasses after we have corrected their nearsightedness. This is due to the onset of presbyopia. The use of monovision, laser blended vision or PresbyMax is an exception.

During your preliminary examination, we will discuss these risks and side effects with you. Ultimately, you should only opt for an eye laser operation if you feel confident in the treating surgeon.

Free initial consultation

Together we will assess your needs and discuss possible treatments. During the first free consultation, you will get to know our practice and can clarify any questions you may have about laser treatments. We are also happy to conduct the consultation online as a video conference.

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Laser eye surgery steps

Free initial consultation

Together we will assess your needs and discuss possible treatments. During the first free consultation, you will get to know our practice and can clarify any questions you may have about laser treatments. We are also happy to conduct the consultation online as a video conference.

Preliminary examination

In this personal consultation with the specialist, possible options for eye surgery will be explained to you and all relevant data will be recorded:

  • Complex ophthalmological examination
  • Your exact glasses strength
  • Digital retinal examination and pressure measurement
  • Measurement of the eye (biometric, topography, tomography, wavefront, corneal epithelium pattern)

Ahead of the preliminary examination for laser eye surgery :

  • Please do not wear soft contact lenses for one week before the preliminary examination.
  • Please do not wear hard contact lenses for four weeks before the preliminary examination.
  • Please do not wear Ortho-K contact lenses for three months before the preliminary examination.
  • We will use eye drops that dilate your pupils for the examination. After that, the eyes are more sensitive to light for 4 hours, and you should not drive or use machines.
Choice of surgical method

After the preliminary investigation, we will inform you if you qualify for laser or lens surgery. We will also tell you about the course of the operation, the risks and side effects and the aftercare. Of course, we are happy to answer all your questions along the way.

You can then either make an appointment for your surgery on-site or – after sufficient time to think it over – by telephone. We try to allocate the appointments so that they fit into your schedule. The waiting time between the preliminary examination and the operation is one day to a few weeks – whatever works for you. After the initial examination, it is possible to wear contact lenses again.

Ahead of your treatment

  • Please do not wear soft contact lenses for two days before the operation.
  • Please do not wear hard contact lenses for seven days before the operation.
Your laser eye surgery

On the day of the operation, you will come to our practice with an accompanying person. Please do not use face cream, aftershave or make-up etc., on your face on this day. We will use eye drops to anaesthetize your eye locally. This means you can eat and drink normally.

If you have any final questions, your surgeon can clarify these and perform any further investigations if you have any doubt.

We will give you medication and instructions to use after the operation. We will also make an appointment with you for the follow-up examination the following morning.

The operation itself only takes 10 to 20 minutes. You will then receive protective goggles, and your companion will take you home.

What you should consider after the laser eye surgery

We recommend planning a downtime of one to several days. Your eyes are very sensitive, and most patients report:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Burning eyes
  • Foreign object sensation
  • Heavy tearing.
  • After the operation, keep your eyes closed for the rest of the day. You should only open them to eat, or go to the toilet, etc. The eyelids exert natural pressure on the cornea, which accelerates healing. That means no cell phone, no computer, no reading, no television. Listen to music or an audiobook until you go to sleep.
  • Wear sunglasses indoors and sleep with them on for the first night
  • Apply your eye drops according to your drip plan.
  • Avoid eye rubbing or bruising.
  • Please do not put make-up on your eyes for 1-2 weeks after the treatment.
  • Avoid bathing, spa and sauna for two weeks and do not hold your face directly under the jet of water when showering.
  • Avoid windy, draughty, dusty and smoky environments and physical exertion for two weeks.
Follow-up treatment

The day after the successful operation, you will come to our practice for your first follow-up examination. Normally, you will have little to no discomfort on this day and your vision will be around 90%. If your healing is going well and the post-operative checks are satisfactory, the next examination will be arranged for a month later.

After a few weeks, optimal vision is achieved. The results may fluctuate minimally during this time depending on the day – please give your eyes some time.

We recommend an annual follow-up examination (CHF 180/year). This is to detect any changes at an early stage. If you take advantage of the annual check-ups, you will also benefit from our lifetime guarantee.* In the event of a deviation, we will correct your visual acuity free of charge.

After the laser eye surgery: Enjoy your new life without glasses or contact lenses!

*The lifetime guarantee includes a free follow-up correction if the target correction deviates due to measurement deviations, laser beam variations and wound healing, and correction is medically reasonable and feasible according to international recommendations. Excluded from this are deviations due to changes in the eye as a result of eye diseases (such as lens ageing/clouding, glaucoma or AMD) and progression of presbyopia.

Get to know the eye experts

Discover our laser eye surgeons in the heart of Zurich

Dr. Victor Derhartunian

Ophthalmologist, specialist in refractive surgery

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Having learned his craft from the two pioneers of laser surgery, Dr. Victor Derhartunian is one of the leading surgeons in Europe. The senior eye surgeon at EyeLaser in Zurich can advise his patients in 5 languages.

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Dr. Nadine Gerber

Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon

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Dr. Nadine Gerber has been part of the EyeLaser team since 2018. Together with Dr. Derhartunian, she looks after refractive and general ophthalmological consultations.

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Dr. Dominique Mustur

Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon

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Dr. Dominique Mustur has been a member of the EyeLaser team since 2019.

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Links to authoritative resources on LASIK and Femto LASIK

Follow the links below for more information on LASIK and Femto LASIK

Kurz- oder Weitsichtigkeit ist per Laser korrigierbar. Wer ist für den Eingriff geeignet? Das Wichtigste über die Methode, deren Vordenker den Physiknobelpreis bekamen. Klicken Sie hier, um mehr zu lesen.

Studien zeigen vergleichbare refraktive Ergebnisse nach PRK und SMILE sowie im Vergleich zwischen Femto-LASIK und SMILE. Klicken Sie hier, um mehr zu lesen.

Seit dem Jahr 1989 haben rund 16 Millionen Menschen die Sehschwäche ihrer Augen mit LASIK behandeln lassen. Eine Metastudie ergab nun, dass weltweit etwa 95 Prozent aller Patienten auch Jahre nach der Behandlung immer noch zufrieden mit den Ergebnissen sind. Klicken Sie hier, um mehr zu lesen.

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