Why Should I Have Laser Eye Surgery?
People who have to wear glasses or use contact lenses usually find it a bit troublesome; losing the glasses; forgetting lens solution; having to be slave to corrective eyewear in order to see properly. Scrabbling around for glasses or lenses first thing in the morning and being a bit helpless if you can’t find the is what usually spurs people to seek Laser Eye Surgery.
If you’ve ever found yourself getting compete strangers to read out the texts on your mobile phone or not being able to check your child’s homework without the whole house undertaking a major search for your specs, you’d probably benefit from saying goodbye to corrective eyewear.
Perhaps you’ve experienced vision problems for a while, and are too stubborn, too vain or too busy to have done anything about it. Depending on the condition of your eyes, you too may benefit from Laser Eye Surgery.
If you do wear glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision, or are experiencing noticeable vision problems, chances are that you have a problem with the shape of your cornea. The cornea is the transparent covering at the front of the eye, and as light rays enter it, they are focused on the retina at the back of the eye to form an image.
When the cornea is misshaped, due to any number of eye conditions, the image you see will be blurry. Depending on the eye condition you have, you experience difficult seeing objects up close (long-sightedness); far away (shot-sightedness) or in some cases, both.
Problems with the shape of the cornea belong to a group of eye conditions known as refractive errors. Laser Eye Surgery can fix these, using a precision controlled medical laser to reshape the cornea, giving you clear vision again, without the need for corrective eyewear.
How do I know Laser Eye Surgery will work for me?
When you go for your initial Free consultation at Optilase, you’ll meet with a Laser Optometrist who carries out a range of eye scans and a full assessment to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Laser Eye Surgery.
People with a very high or very low prescription for their corrective eyewear may not benefit, or those with certain eye conditions that make them poor candidates for the procedure. This would all be determined in a detailed eye exam with the Laser Optometrist. If they don’t think you’d benefit, they won’t put you forward for surgery! It’s that simple.
This usually takes about an hour, and will determine if you are a suitable candidate who would benefit from Laser Eye Surgery, and the reasons why, so you’ll know for sure.
The Optometrist will explain the procedure and answer any questions for you, so you’ll be completely informed and comfortable with your decision.
Does Laser Eye Surgery Hurt?
Not at all. It’s completely pain-free. Depending on the specific procedure, your eyes might feel a bit gritty afterwards. You’ll be awake during the procedure, but very effective anaesthetic eye drops are used. There are no needles!
Recovery time will depend on what kind of surgery is performed, but you’ll know all of the details beforehand and can plan for them as required. The whole procedure only takes a few minutes for each eye. All of the details are very well explained beforehand and your Ophthalmic Surgeon will tell you exactly what to expect.