Preparing for Laser Eye Surgery

22 Nov 2013

One of the first steps in preparing yourself for Laser Eye Surgery is to be 100% comfortable  and informed about the procedure that will be taking place and to always ask any questions you may have in the lead up to the day of surgery.

During your free consultation at any one of our Optilase clinics in Belfast, Newry and Derry/Londonderry you will have the opportunity to go through the Laser Eye Surgery procedure step-by-step.

Am I suitable for Laser Eye Surgery?

There are certain factors to consider when contacting Optilase about Laser Eye Surgery, most importantly your suitability for the procedure.

At the consultation stage, it will be determined whether your particular refractive error and general health make you eligible for treatment.

  • Optilase patients must be over 18 and have a stable refractive error for at least one year so that any correction that takes place is accurate.
  • Women who are pregnant or have recently given birth should not undergo Laser Eye Surgery as fluctuating hormone levels and fluid retention can affect a pre-existing refractive error.
  • Women who are breastfeeding should only undergo Laser Eye Surgery once they have ceased breastfeeding.
  • Some vascular diseases or immunodeficiency disorders can affect eligibility for Laser Eye Surgery.
  • You must not have any eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma or dry eye disease.

How will my eye react to Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser Eye Surgery at Optilase Northern Ireland involves using laser energy to sculpt the surface of the cornea in order to eliminate the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

No other part of the body is affected by the procedure, and because the cornea heals extremely rapidly, patients who undergo Laser Eye Surgery can return to their normal routine usually within 24 hours.

Eyesight is immediately improved after Laser Eye Surgery has taken place, but vision may appear blurry and eyes can feel extra irritable for a time afterwards.

Antibacterial eye drops and protective goggles are prescribed after Laser Eye Surgery has taken place in order to keep eyes moist, prevent outside elements such as dust or sweat entering the post-surgery eye, and minimize the risk of an infection developing.

If you are considering Laser Eye Surgery as an alternative to glasses or contact lenses, find out more at any Optilase clinic. Call 08000 121 565 or visit

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