LASIK eye surgery is performed routinely by the best eye surgeons in the world. Every day, thousands of people benefit from the procedure. Nonetheless, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with what’s involved with LASIK. These questions are some of the most common asked.
Questions about LASIK
Is LASIK safe?
LASIK eye treatment is one of the safest surgical procedures in the world. To ensure success we carry out a comprehensive screening programme. This screening programme tells us whether or not you are a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery. If you are suitable, then you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Should you be unsuitable for LASIK treatment we will do our best to find another effective treatment for your eye condition.
How soon will I be Able to See?
Normally, you will be seeing with clarity within a few days. Sometimes, this can be sooner. Most patients can achieve driving standard within 24-48 hours.
Does LASIK Eye Surgery Hurt?
Most patients report a pain free experience. Anaesthetic eye – drops are used as a precaution prior to LASIK being performed. During surgery, you will experience pressure on your eye. Some patients have reported a sensation similar to when an eyelash is stuck on your eye. In terms of discomfort this is as bad as it will get.
Are Complications from LASIK Surgery Common?
About 1 in 10,000 surgeries result in a complication. Of these complications, hazy vision, over or under compensation due to improper healing and surgical flap healing problems are the most common. Most complications however, are correctable.
How Likely am I to Have 20/20 Vision after Surgery?
The chances are you will have 20/20 vision after surgery, but this does vary from patient to patient. The US Navy recommends LASIK surgery to their marines. Of those that undergo the procedure 98% have 20/20 vision after surgery. This is a good statistic to judge success.
After undergoing LASIK laser eye surgery, the chances are high you will no longer need corrective lenses of any kind.
Questions to Help you Choose an Eye Surgeon
One of the big aspects of letting a person operate on your eyes is whether or not you feel they know what they are talking about. These questions can help you reach that conclusion.
How long have you been an Eye Surgeon
Experience is important, and peace of mind is often brought about when you know the surgeon has several years under his or her belt, rather than someone who qualified last week. Check out Advanced Vision Care’s surgeons qualifications and experience here
How many LASIK Surgeries have you Performed?
Surgeons with experience are a good choice, normally the higher the better. Ones with solid reviews and recommendations are arguably a better choice than high surgical numbers.
Should Complications Arise will you Provide Follow up Treatment for Free?
The answer here is yes. Surgeons that have been practicing for a significant amount of time will have both the knowledge and the expertise to deal with complications quickly and decisively. They should also have given you a list of possible complications prior to surgery and what the course of action will be should you experience a complication.
It is in their interests to ensure you are well looked after due to reputation damage.
We only use the finest surgeons in the world at our clinic. They are respected in the wider medical community.
Some of the high street clinics after care is provided by optometrists and not by the operating surgeons and hence there is a likelihood some complications can be missed or misdiagnosed.
Do you own your own Clinic?
Surgeons who own their own clinic are not only concerned about their own reputation, but that of their wider business. There is a lot of professional pride among surgeons and eye surgery is a competitive business. Practice owners are fully away of this.
Do you perform Other Types of Eye Surgery and Treatment?
A good experienced surgeon will be able to offer the best eye treatment for you. There are a lot of treatments available and all have their niche. They have been designed to treat the different eye conditions you may be experiencing.
If you have a question which is not on the list, please contact us. We will happy to answer your questions on Lasik or any of the other forms of vision treatments we provide.