Trying to understand the confusing world of laser eye surgery can feel like a daunting task. One of the most common misconceptions is huge amounts of pain, but rest assured this does not happen! Laser eye surgery is reliable, virtually painless and takes approximately 5 minutes.
It is only natural to be curious and have questions about any surgery. Here at Focus, we have asked the nation their most common fears, worries and questions about laser eye surgery and answered them for you:
How does laser eye surgery work?
In short, the procedure changes the shape of the cornea (the transparent window on the surface of your eye). When you suffer from a refractive error, light enters your eye at an incorrect angle and becomes ‘bent’ impairing your field of vision. With the surgery, the corneal tissue is removed and reshaped so light is now more focused helping you to see clearer. Any operation that corrects the focusing of the eye is called refractive surgery.
I’m scared about being awake, does it hurt?
For your own comfort anaesthetic eye drops are applied to the eye prior to surgery. This means you’ll feel very little during the actual procedure as your eye becomes numb. Patients have reported slight discomfort but extreme pain is very rare and mostly unheard of.
Can I go blind?
With any type of surgery, there are risks to consider. Millions of LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide with very high levels of safety and effectiveness. The chance of any complications occurring during the surgery are very low; between 0.3 and 5.7 percent and these are mostly temporary. The risk of major complications is less than 1 percent.
Why is it so expensive? Is it better to go abroad?
The main reason why patients search abroad is the price. And the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is definitely one to apply here. We believe your eyes are precious, would you really consider cut-price surgery for them?
Some things to consider when researching laser-eye surgeries include:
- Check the qualifications of the surgeon who will be performing your surgery.
- Make sure your aftercare is discussed prior to your treatment.
- Ensure you meet the surgeon on a separate day before the surgery to discuss your treatment plan.
- Make sure you can have easy access to your surgeon after treatment in case anything starts to feel wrong.
- If you start to feel ‘pressured’ bear in mind the surgeon may just be looking for a quick sale. An undercover study by Which? showed that a misleading sales pitch, questionable charges and lack of time (trying to get you to book the same day whilst in the consultation) were all situations when you should be wary.
At Focus Clinic, femtosecond LASIK prices start at £4400 for both eyes. Cataract surgery and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) start at £6000 for both eyes. We also offer interest-free finance, which can help make your treatment a bit more affordable and manageable.
We have a 100% success rate, are right on your doorstep and offer a lifetime care guarantee. Your Lifetime Care Guarantee means you can return at any time if you have additional questions on the quality of your vision. If you have distance vision correction for short-sight then any repeat laser eye treatments to correct a return of myopia in the first 10 years are included free of charge. (Terms and conditions apply, excludes any age-related changes and conditions unrelated to the primary treatment)
When can I go back to work?
Recovery time varies from person to person, generally, our LASIK patients begin recovery within 4 hours, and fully after 24. LASEK/PRK patients take longer, usually 4-7 days to completely recover.
We recommend a brief resting period, generally steering clear of screens and harsh lights for at least the first 24 hours after your surgery. Long periods of driving and sports should also be avoided straight after your surgery.
What if I sneeze?
What if I sneeze during surgery? This is a very common question and we get asked once or twice each week! Nothing untoward will happen if you sneeze during treatment. In fact, in 15,000 procedures Mr. David Allamby has performed, nobody has ever sneezed!
If you want to know if you are suitable for treatment, want to book a free consultation or have any other questions regarding laser eye surgery, feel free to ring us on 0207 307 8250 or visit our FAQ’s page.