Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Eye Surgery

08 Jun 2012

If you are considering taking laser eye surgery and still doubt whether it is the best option, this article will provide you with frequently asked questions about laser eye surgery. It is expected that by reading this article, you can have more confidence to perform this procedure.

Is there any initial assessment?

Yes, reputable clinics or hospitals that offer laser eye surgery always provide free assessment to patients who want to take this procedure. A professional Optometrist will examine and test your eyes to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure. If you are a good candidate, you will be provided with detail information about cost and the next steps that you have to take. Keep in mind that you cannot drive up to 8 hours after conducting an assessment.

How much does it cost?

The cost is different between clinics or hospitals. Reputable eye clinic like Optilase charges around £300 per eye for standard treatment.

Am I a candidate for this procedure?

This procedure is basically applicable for most people above 18 years old. However, people who have prescriptions stronger than +5 or -10 and people who have severe lazy eye are not allowed to take this procedure. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need to wait up to 6 months or more until the breastfeeding process is finished.

Will there be changes to my eyes?

No, the appearance of your eyes will remain the same. However, please note that your eyes might become slightly red within 4-5 days after the procedure.

Is there any consultation before performing the procedure?

Yes, most clinics and hospitals provide consultation so patients can ask more detailed information about this procedure.

Is laser eye surgery effective?

Yes, patients who have been classified as good candidates for this procedure usually get their normal vision back. Moreover, the advancement of technology has increased the effectiveness of this procedure.

Is it alright to treat both eyes on the same day?

Yes, even clinics and hospitals encourage their patients to get both eyes treated on the same day.

Are there any side effects of this procedure?

Yes, several common side effects include regression, halo effect, night-time glare and dry eye. All possible side effects of this procedure are usually explained in detail during the initial assessment.

How long does the procedure take?

In general, the procedure takes about 2.5 hours from preparation to aftercare. The main surgery actually takes a few seconds.

Does it give permanent result?

From many procedures that have been conducted worldwide, many patients claimed that laser eye surgery gives long term result.

Is it safe?

Yes, laser surgery is safe. To ensure that you get the highest level of safety, it is recommended to perform this procedure at reputable clinics or hospitals.

Is it painful?

No, your eyes will be numbed before the surgery begins so you won't feel anything during the surgery.

How long does the recovery take?

The recovery usually takes around 2 days, however, it is highly recommended to rest the eyes properly up to one month after the surgery.

What to do after the surgery?

Doctors always give detail information on what you have to do after the surgery. You also have to attend aftercare checkups so your doctor can check the progress of your eyes.

Of course, you may have questions that are not mentioned in the above frequently asked questions about laser eye surgery. It is highly recommended to visit reputable eye clinics like Optilase to get more information about laser eye surgery.

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