FAQ

Peace of mind is an important component of healing

What are the long term results like ?

Follow-up studies conducted over ten years indicate that once the healing process is complete your eyesight remains stable. However, laser vision correction cannot prevent the natural changes that occur with ageing, and as with all normal-sighted people, you may require reading glasses at some time.

When can I resume normal activities ?

Most normal activities, may be resumed after a few days. Your consultant will discuss this with you on the day after your treatment.

When can I wear eye make-up following treatment ?

Approximately two weeks.

Will my eye look different ?

No, only your eye doctor will be able to tell, and then, only by looking at your eye through a high power microscope.

Will I be able to dispense with my glasses or contact lenses?

One year after treatment, over 95% of people with low to moderate prescriptions are able to pass a driver's licence vision test without corrective lenses.

What happens at the assessment ?

At the assessment you will have a consultation with your chosen surgeon who will make sure that your eyes are healthy. Your surgeon will discuss your suitability for laser eye surgery and will talk you through any risks so that you can make an informed decision. You will have a very thorough assessment performed to assess your suitability such as prescription testing, corneal topography, testing for a dry eye and a wavefront analysis. 

Should I stop wearing my contact lenses before my assessment ?

You need to stop wearing your soft contact lenses for one week and gas permeable lenses for  two weeks prior to the assessment.

Is laser treatment painful?

Most patients feel no pain during the procedure, what you may experience is a mild pressure sensation around the eye.

How much time should I allow off work ?

Most patients are back at work one or two days following the procedure, however sometimes reading vision can remain difficult for up to two weeks post surgery. Most people report working on a computer poses no difficulties.

Is a blade used ?

No, the flap is created with a laser known as a femtosecond laser & the cornea is reshaped  with a laser called the excimer laser. The whole procedure is performed with lasers and not a blade in sight!

How soon can I return to exercise ?

Jogging and gym work can be resumed a couple of days following the procedure. Swimming activities can be resumed approximately three weeks after the procedure and goggles must be worn. Contact sports should be deferred for at least three months.  

Will my night vision be affected ?

Most patients find that their night vision is either unchanged or improved following the Wavefront Customvue procedure. The FDA clinical study reports that four times as many participants were more satisfied with their night vision following the procedure than the night vision they had prior to the treatment.

How soon can I drive after the procedure ?

Most people find their vision is good enough to drive on the day following laser treatment. We recommend that sunglasses are worn for driving for at least one week after the procedure as the eyes may be sensitive to bright light.   

How safe is the procedure ?

The vast majority of patients achieve an excellent result. Permanent reduction in vision is very rare. The surgeon at the assessment appointment will discuss all possible risks to enable you to make an informed decision.

Do you have to be a certain age for laser treatment?

You need to be 21 years or older to undergo laser treatment. There is no upper age limit. To date we have treated patients from 21 to 70 years of age. 

Following laser treatment can my vision deteriorate over the years?

With the natural process of ageing, many people eventually become presbyopic (need reading glasses). This process occurs even if you have had laser treatment. In some patients it is possible to intentionally under-correct one eye. The under-corrected eye continues to function optimally for near vision such as reading while the fully-corrected eye is used for distance vision. This is known as monovision.   

My prescription is really strong - can eye laser surgery help me ?

You will only know if eye laser surgery is for you after you have been thoroughly assessed by your surgeon.  However, with modern laser technology, many high prescriptions can be treated. If you are found to be an unsuitable candidate for laser treatment,  there may be other options suitable for you. You may be a candidate for a lens implant known as a Phakic Implant, or a clear lens extraction procedure, with insertion of an artificial lens behind the pupil.  

With laser treatment will my resulting vision be as good as it is with glasses and contact lenses ?

The final results are dependent on the healing process. The vast majority of patients are extremely satisfied with the end result. Sometimes there is slight over or under correction of refractive errors and therefore you could still require glasses, contact lenses or need a further laser treatment (known as an enhancement) in order to obtain the best result possible. Some patients with higher prescriptions may slip many years after initial, very successful, laser treatment. If this occurs, an enhancement or re-treat may still be possible.