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Q&A Series: Why You Need a Consultation for Laser Eye Surgery

29th January 2015

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Why do I need a consultation?

A consultation prior to making a decision about laser eye surgery is essential, mainly to determine your suitability and talk through all possible options and outcomes. Unlike some high street clinics, we do not use a consultation to give you a sales pitch. With LaserVision, you will always see a specialist Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon who will thoroughly assess your eyes to determine your suitability for vision correction treatment. If you are suitable, your consultant will then talk with you at length about what treatment options are recommended for your eyes. This will also allow you to discuss the benefits, affordability and all the facts before making your decision.

Our consultants will give you honest, expert advice, and will make you aware of all possible outcomes. As specialists in complex corneal and intra-ocular surgery, the surgeons at LaserVision may be able to offer alternative treatment if laser surgery is deemed not suitable.


Will there be pressure to proceed with treatment?

No. Our Consultants just use their expertise to give an honest opinion of what is best for you and your eyes. We will never pressurise anyone into treatment or phone you with offers trying to persuade you into treatment. This is a lifestyle operation to improve quality of life and it is not essential. We also welcome anyone who has been seen elsewhere and wishes to come for a second opinion.


Is there a waiting list for consultations?

No, but vision correction treatments are increasingly popular. Our Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons are always in demand but we aim to accommodate you as soon as possible, usually within 1-2 weeks. However, sometimes we are busier than usual and you may have to wait a little longer.


Are there any hidden costs?

There are no hidden costs. The fee in which we quote at your consultation is completely inclusive of treatment, post-operative care, follow up visits for 12months and any necessary enhancements.


Can I wear make-up to my consultation?

We would advise that you do not wear eye make up to your consultation.


How long should I leave out my contact lenses for before my consultation?

Prior to your initial assessment, it is essential to leave out your contact lenses for a period of 1 week if they are soft contact lenses and for 4 weeks if they are rigid contact lenses. This is imperative for accurate assessment of the cornea prior to treatment and for correct planning of your surgery.


How soon after the consultation can treatment start?

Treatment can start no earlier than five days after consultation as it allows you to consider your decision to proceed as we feel it should not be rushed into.


Your LaserVision consultant surgeon can expertly guide you through the best treatments for you. Each treatment is personalised to achieve the best results.


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