Often when people first think of laser eye surgery, they cringe and think of people sticking needles in your eyes and nothing but sheer pain. Well, we can confidently tell you that this isn’t the case. There are no needles involved for starters.
Don’t believe us? Let’s explore this further.
- The Laser Eye Surgery Procedure
- The Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery
The Laser Eye Surgery Procedure
Before the treatment, your surgeon will put anaesthetic drops into your eyes. This is to numb the eye area so that you don’t feel anything during the surgery and is always comfortable.
Once the drops have taken effect and the area has become numb, the surgeon will then clamp the eyelids to keep them open during the procedure. This sounds severe but the anaesthetic will often relax the eye, meaning that it’s more likely to creep shut during the surgery. That’s why a clamp is needed.
You’ll feel no pain at all during this stage of the procedure. The anaesthetic gel will have set in and will have numbed the area appropriately, so it’s not just pain that you won’t feel – you’ll generally feel nothing at all.
Some people get very anxious about having a clamp on their eyelid, but the best thing to do is just relax. If necessary, the surgeon can give you a stronger anaesthetic, but you shouldn’t need it.
So, now, we can start the procedure in earnest.
During the Surgery
Taking a laser to your eye doesn’t sound great, we know. But, the surgery is actually completely painless so there’s nothing to worry about.
Rather than pain, some people have reported to feel mild discomfort – usually firm pressure – when the laser is being applied. However this is minimal as the laser part only lasts for approximately 30-40 seconds, so any kind of discomfort will be relatively short lived.
And, remember, a few moments of discomfort is worth the years of improved vision afterwards.
After your Lasik treatment, you’ll be given eye drops to keep your eye nice and hydrated, plus something protective to place over it whilst it heals. The part of the eye affected by the Lasik treatment will, more or less, instantly heal within the cornea, which means the healing process isn’t too long. It must be protected, though, as it will still be very tender at this point.
This is the stage where patients have reported the most discomfort (note, not “pain”).
It’s nothing you can’t deal with – trust us. After all, your vision is going to be massively improved. Patients have reported mild stinging and dryness before the cornea recovers. This only lasts a matter of moments as the recovery period on Lasik surgery is rapid.
Now, that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Especially when you consider the benefits of the treatment.
The Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery
After having to previously rely on contacts or glasses, patients have described being able to fully depend on their eyes alone after surgery as “life-changing” and feeling “a great sense of freedom.”
You can now wake up, open your eyes and see the world in perfect clarity – without having to find your glasses or insert lenses.Activities such as driving, reading and watching TV become a lot easier. You can also exercise without your glasses steaming up or slipping down your face due to sweating, or even falling off and breaking.
Laser eye surgery is often thought as being too expensive. However, the cost of buying new glasses when the old ones go out of style, long-term contact lenses subscriptions and prescription sunglasses can all add up.
Plus, like Focus Clinic, many providers offer a range of finance options to suit everybody, including 0% finance options. As Brits, we know discussing the price of things can be a bit awkward, so that’s why we’re always up front with our total treatment price. We don’t want you to be hit with any unexpected costs further down the line.
Your treatment will last for around an hour and a half, and it only takes approximately nine minutes to work on each eye. It’s a very quick procedure with no overnight hospital stay required.
Recovery is also very quick. Most patients have improved vision immediately after surgery and within four hours, many benefit from 20/20 vision. This means the surgery causes minimum disruption to your busy schedule.
Be Sure to Choose the Right Specialist and Clinic
You should always look for and choose a qualified and experienced Lasik surgeon for your vision correction. Having your arguably most valued sense worked on is no mean feat, so you need to be confident in a surgeon you can trust.
At Focus Clinic, we’re the only clinic in the country with a 100 percent success rate and have a 9.9 out of 10 rating. This is why we’re the UK’s most trusted laser eye surgery clinic, as supported by our excellent reviews. We also offer a comprehensive aftercare package to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly.
Find out more about Focus Clinic’s treatment offering and our superior service by downloading our free information pack. If you want to find out more about the ins-and-outs of laser eye surgery before speaking to a clinician, it’s perfect.