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Should I have Laser Surgery?

    Laser Surgery could be the right choice for you if:

    • You suffer from near-sightedness, far-sightedness,
    • have astigmatism and
    • have a vision deficiency within the accepted range for treatment.
    • You dislike being dependent on spectacles or contact lenses.
    • You are restricted in sports, work and other activities because of spectacles or contact lenses.
    • You would be happy if your natural vision was improved, even if corrective lenses were occasionally necessary.

    • In Depth . . .

      Does the procedure hurt?

      One of the main advantages of Laser Surgery is that there is very little discomfort involved with the process. Local anesthetic is given as eye drops before surgery to numb the eye. Patients are awake and alert during the procedure. Most patients have both eye's treated the same day.

      What can I expect after the procedure?
      The day of your procedure your vision will seem out of focus. Generally, sharp visual acuity is achieved after a good night's sleep. Most patients return to their normal activities within the first couple of days after the procedure without the need for spectacles. For Patients with more than 6 sph diopters of myopia (near sighted) and for hyperopic (long sighted) patients, it may take a little longer for them to achieve sharp vision. All patients will probably feel a little more sensitive to light for about 40 hours after surgery and may need to wear sunglasses for a couple of days.
      If you are over 40, you may experience some trouble reading, this is generally corrected with spectacles for reading only.

      Why does the price vary so much?
      Like most major purchases, it is possible to pay too much for Laser Surgery. Laser Surgery should be a carefully considered decision, since this procedure will determine how well you see for the rest of your life.

      What are the risks?
      As with any medical procedure, the possibility of complications always exists, but problems associated with Laser Surgery tend to be relatively minor and temporary. Under correction and over correction are the most common complications and are easily treated, usually at no extra cost to the patient.

      Will it change the appearance of my eyes?
      No. it will not change the outward appearance of your eyes.

      How quickly will I be able to see after the operation?
      The change will be almost immediate however it generally takes about 2 weeks for the vision the settle down fully.

      How long will the operation take?
      About 30 minutes depending upon the actual procedure required but all operations are in general completed as quickly as possible. Will still need to wear spectacles after the operation? Laser Vision will correct the vision almost immediately and the general aim is to achieve best distance vision without the need for spectacles, however this is not always possible for many reasons and sometimes it is necessary for secondary corrective operations for adjustments. If you are over the age of 45 you may still need to wear reading glasses due to the normal ageing effects of presbyopia which can not be cured as this is a normal condition associated with ageing of the muscles which control the focusing ability of the eye.

      How do I keep my eyes open during the operation?
      The eye is anaesthetized and then immobilized for the period of the operation which is painless.

      Will I need time off work following the operation?
      Laser vision correction is usually considered to be a day care procedure and generally the vision returns sufficient to enable you to return to work within 48 hours.

      Is the operation permanent?
      Yes the results of the operation are permenant.

      Can you guarantee the results of the operation?
      It is not possible for anyone to guarantee the results of any eye operation as each individual case is different, and many complications can arise either during or post operative. The risks are no greater risks with eye surgery than with any other type of surgery. In the case of Cataract and laser operations, if it is considered by the surgeon that vision can be further improved post operative with another adjusting operation then this is normally done at no additional cost.

      Who is NOT suitable for surgery?
      In general terms people who have suffered significant eye disease, retinal detachments, Amblyopic (A lazy eye which is not improved by wearing spectacles with a visual acuity of 20/40), or those who suffer from General Health problems, poorly controlled diabetics and people under the age of 18.

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