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Top 10 Questions about Laser Eye Surgery

27th January 2016

Our eyes are precious and it’s only when our sight is compromised, do we realise the extent to which we take our clear vision for granted. This is why, when researching for permanent solutions such as laser vision correction, it’s only natural for us to want to gather as many facts and information as possible to make an informed decision. Here we’ve collated the top 10 questions our Consultant Surgeons are asked by the many patients we see on a daily basis to help our readers on their quest for information.

Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

Not sure if you’re suitable for permanent vision correction? Are you the right age; is your prescription too high to treat? Find the answers to all these questions and more here in our dedicated suitability blog post.

What should I look for in a Laser Eye Surgery Clinic and Surgeon?

Choosing your clinic and surgeon is one of the biggest decisions you will make when looking for vision correction. Full trust in the clinic and surgeon you choose is essential and there are a number of factors to consider. First of all, cut price discounts and offers on the cost of treatment should not sway your decision. This is a once in a lifetime treatment on your eyes, your sight should not be compromised with cut price treatment. We also believe offers could have the ability to sway a patient when they may not be ready. In regards to the surgeon you choose, there are many questions you can ask your surgeon to determine his ability and reputation, find out the right questions to ask.

Which type of laser eye surgery is best for me?

There are various types of laser vision correction, and the right procedure is always determined based on a number of factors including your age, refractive error prescription and lifestyle. View our brief overview of the different procedures and recovery time.

I have been refused laser eye surgery in the past owing to the strength of my prescription. Have techniques moved on?

Yes they have. Our consultation includes a number of tests which will determine both your suitability for treatment and help you decide on which is best suited to your personal needs and expectations.

What happens in a consultation for laser eye surgery?

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 give you the time to discuss the benefits, affordability and all the facts before making your decision. Read more about consultations.

What results can I expect after laser eye surgery?

The vast majority of our patients obtain at least 20/20 vision, and every one obtains legal driving vision. This depends on a host of varying factors including the severity of refractive error, age, lifestyle and more.

What are the risks of laser eye surgery?

As with any surgery, there are always risks which should be well considered before deciding to go forward with treatment. For more information on the various risks, click here.

Is laser eye surgery painful?

The procedure itself is painless. However, the eyes may feel a bit gritty after LASIK for a few hours, but there is no pain. Find out more information on the laser eye surgery procedure itself, including what happens in surgery.

Are the results immediate after laser eye surgery?

Yes. Most people start noticing an improvement in vision almost immediately. After LASIK you will normally be able to see without glasses or contact lenses within twenty four hours. With LASEK the visual recovery is slower but by day 5 most patients are seeing well.

Are there other treatments available if I’m not a laser surgery candidate?

There are many other options available if laser surgery is found not to be suitable by your Consultant Surgeon. You may be suitable for Phakic ICL (Implantable contact lens) surgery or Refractive Lens Exchange surgery. Patients looking to correct their near vision may also be suitable for KAMRA™ Inlay surgery.

To book a consultation with LaserVision, simply use our online enquiry form HERE and select your nearest clinic. Alternatively, request a FREE brochure to help you consider your options further.

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