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Common misconceptions about laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery itself is quick, and pain-free
Complications are common and serious
Laser eye surgery is very safe. Of course, no procedure is entirely without some level
of risk - the point is that the relative risk
of laser eye surgery is extremely low when compared to the relative benefits. In the hands of an expert surgeon using the best technology, the chances of even a small compromise to the vision is in the order of 0.1% for the majority of patients. For those with higher prescriptions, the risk may be higher, and this will be indicated at your screening appointment if it applies to you.
Laser eye surgery is painful
Laser eye surgery itself is quick, and pain- free. With LASIK and ReLEx SMILE, you may feel a moment’s pressure early in the procedure. You may also experience some mild discomfort or irritation for up to 24 hours after the surgery, but this is usually relieved with artificial tears and pain-relief eye drops (which any good clinic should provide free of charge).
Laser eye surgery is only for short- sighted people
With today’s technology, patients who are short or long-sighted, presbyopic or astigmatic can be treated.
Laser eye surgery cannot help people aged 40+ who need reading glasses
For over a decade, Laser Blended Vision laser eye surgery has been used to correct presbyopia (ageing eyes). No procedure
is able to fully restore the eye’s zooming mechanisms to enable perfect distance and perfect near vision in both eyes simultaneously. Laser Blended Vision is
a form of LASIK laser eye surgery, where one eye is corrected mainly for distance vision and a little up close, while the
other eye is corrected mainly for close vision and a little at distance. The brain learns to combine the two images, giving clear vision at near, intermediate and far distances. Laser Blended Vision is not to
be confused with monovision (which uses contact lenses or older laser systems to correct one eye for distance and the other for near, and which some patients find difficult to tolerate). Studies have shown that over 97% of presbyopic patients are suitable for Laser Blended Vision treatment. The aim of Laser Blended Vision is to maximise independence from glasses, but you may still need to use glasses in some situations.
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