The top 10 Laser Eye Surgery questions we hear from patients
We polled our staff to find the most common questions they hear about Laser Eye Surgery and the London Vision Clinic.
Will the treatment hurt?
To get to the point: No, 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 have some mild discomfort or irritation for up to 24 hours after the surgery, but this is usually relieved with artificial tears (which we provide, free of charge).
Could I go blind from Laser Eye Surgery?
Technically there is an exceedingly small risk of blindness with laser eye surgery. Still, it is lower than the risk of wearing monthly contact lenses for one year, so a risk that everyone seems to accept as perfectly reasonable.
When can I get back to work after the surgery?
If you have LASIK or ReLEx SMILE, you can usually return to work 24 hours after surgery.
But on returning to work make sure to keep your eyes well lubricated with artificial tears (this is especially important if you’re using a computer, as looking at a screen can dry your eyes).
If you have LASEK/PRK treatment, the recovery time is a little longer: You should plan to return to work after seven days.
How much does Laser Eye Surgery cost?
You can find out more about our cost of surgery here.
We also offer interest-free finance, which can help make your treatment a lot more affordable and manageable.
Why are you more expensive than other Laser Eye Surgery clinics?
If you’re considering Laser Eye Surgery, you’ll no doubt find yourself bombarded with offers. Plenty of companies will claim to offer high treatment standards at low prices. But do you really want cut-price Laser Eye Surgery?
Our fees are transparent and straightforward. They cover every aspect of your treatment, including drops and aftercare for one year–there are simply no hidden extras.
How long does the procedure take?
Depending on the type of treatment, the procedure will take anything from 5–15 minutes, with the laser being active for only a few seconds. Getting ready for surgery on the day takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Almost certainly. There’s a 98% chance we can help you.
How long is the screening process?
A combined Initial Screening and Ophthalmic Exam will take up to three and a half hours.
We know that’s a long time; it’s two or three times longer than some other clinics. But that’s because we believe your eyes deserve nothing less than the most thorough, accurate assessment.
We take an enormous number of measurements to make sure your treatment is as safe and successful as it can be. And we take as much time as needed to talk through any questions or concerns you have, so you’re completely confident and relaxed about having the surgery.
When can I drive after surgery?
You will more than likely be safe to drive short distances 24 hours after LASIK surgery.
However, you must wait until your laser eye surgeon has given you the all-clear to do so at your first post-op check-up (this will be the morning after your surgery). Even after being given clearance, you must only drive once you feel fully confident in doing so.
When can I wear makeup?
You can apply make-up to your face 48 hours after surgery.
However, you should avoid any eye-makeup for seven days–unless your surgeon tells you otherwise at your first post-op check-up.