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The 10 most frequently asked questions about Laser Eye Surgery

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1.   When can I return to work after laser eye surgery?

Most LASIK patients return to work within 48 hours of the procedure being performed, while LASEK patients may take around 4 days before returning to work.

 


2.   Is laser eye surgery safe?

Laser eye surgery is a medical procedure and, as such, carries a small risk of complication. Less than 1% of patients will develop a complication and the majority of these are easily overcome with simple management methods such as use of eye drops. Optical Express uses the most advanced technology in all its clinics and our eye surgeons are amongst the most experienced. Our clinical specialists are trained to manage any complication that occurs.


3.   How quickly will I see the results of laser eye surgery?

Some patients will note a significant improvement immediately but due to healing variables the majority will notice a significant improvement within 24 hours of their procedure.

 


4.   How long does the laser eye surgery procedure take?

Less than 10 minutes for both eyes. To create the corneal flap with today’s laser technology takes less than 10 seconds and to correct an eye prescription typically takes less than one minute. The eye is anaesthetised during the procedure.

 


5.   How much does laser eye surgery cost?

As everyone’s individual prescription and requirements is different, we are unfortunately unable to confirm your suitability or give a cost for the procedure without examining your eyes.
By attending a free consultation at your local eye clinic, we can confirm your suitability and total cost for your specific procedure.


6.   Will I be suitable for laser eye surgery?

Whilst the majority of patients who attend a FREE consultation are suitable candidates, not all will be. We treat eye prescriptions of up to four and a half dioptres of long sightedness, up to twelve dioptres of short sightedness or up to six dioptres of astigmatism. For some there may be a health or eye condition which means laser eye surgery is not the best optical solution for them. Other eye surgery procedures are available for those who are either not suitable for laser eye surgery or would benefit from an alternative solution as a result of their clinical evaluation.


7.   What aftercare does Optical Express laser eye surgery offer?

Our extensive aftercare programme is very important and is part of every patient’s package of care. We see patients the day following, at one week, one month, three months and at one year following eye surgery. All patients have access to a 24/7 hotline number to a clinician and can often be seen within an hour if required.
Optical Express have a clinical team solely dedicated to patient aftercare.


8.   How long after a consultation can you have laser eye surgery?

We recommend seven days between your surgeon discussion and your treatment.
Contact lenses should be removed at least one day prior to your consultation and one to four weeks prior to treatment day, depending on soft or hard lenses. As they can temporarily change the shape of your cornea. It is important to allow time for your eye to return to its normal curvature before assessment and treatment.


9.   Do you offer patient financing for laser eye surgery?

Yes. At Optical Express we endeavour to make laser eye surgery affordable for every patient. We offer interest free and interest bearing payment plans, which can be fully explained at a free consultation. We are unable to provide a finance option in ROI.

 


10.   Is the consultation for laser eye surgery the same as an everyday eye test?

No, it is more thorough. Following a detailed discussion on your visual requirements and current health status a detailed eye examination will take place. This includes all of the tests completed during a general eye examination plus a detailed analysis of the shape and thickness of the outer layer of the eye known as the cornea and a dilated examination of the inner eye to include the retina.


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