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The Top 10 Laser Eye Surgery Questions We Hear from Our Patients

We polled our staff to find the most common questions they get about Laser Eye Surgery and the London Vision Clinic.

Laser Eye Surgery team member answering a call from a patient

Does Laser Eye Surgery hurt?

To put it plainly: No, Laser Eye Surgery is a quick and painless procedure.

The vast majority of Laser Eye Surgery treatments are LASIK and ReLEx SMILE procedures. While patients may feel a slight pressure in their eye during the short procedure, this is not painful. It is common to also experience some mild discomfort or irritation during the 24 hours following treatment, but this is usually relieved with the help of lubricating eye drops (which we provide, free of charge).

Could I go blind from Laser Eye Surgery?

The risk of experiencing any vision loss as a result of Laser Eye Surgery is extremely low.

Technically, Laser Eye Surgery does carry an exceedingly small risk of blindness; however, this is lower than the risk associated with wearing monthly contact lenses for one year. Despite such an event being extremely unlikely, it is important to be aware of all the risks and side effects associated with Laser Eye Surgery. Find out more in our guide to Laser Eye Surgery Risks.

When can I get back to work after Laser Eye Surgery?

Most patients who have LASIK or ReLEx SMILE treatment are able to return to work just 24 hours after surgery.

Your eyes are conveniently fast healers. This means, that in the majority of cases, patients are able to get back to their normal routine just one day after Laser Eye Surgery. This includes going back to work and performing daily tasks and light exercise. However, on your return to work, it is important to make sure your eyes stay well-lubricated. This can be achieved easily with the help of the artificial tears (eye drops) that you will be provided with following your surgery. This is especially important if you’re using a computer, as looking at a screen can dry your eyes.

For LASEK/PRK patients, it may be a little longer before you can effectively return to work. In these cases, we generally recommend allowing seven days of recovery time before heading back to work.

How much does Laser Eye Surgery cost?

Laser Eye Surgery has become increasingly flexible in recent years, thanks to advancements in technology and expertise. The exact price of Laser Eye Surgery treatment can depend on a number of factors; however, you can find more details about our cost of surgery here.

We also offer interest-free finance, which can help make your treatment a lot more flexible and manageable. Find out more about the cost of Laser Eye Surgery.

Why are you more expensive than other Laser Eye Surgery clinics?

Laser Eye Surgery clinics have popped up all over the UK in the last couple of decades – including on the high street. As a result, people looking into Laser Eye Surgery will undoubtedly find themselves bombarded with offers and “special prices”. But do you really want to take the chance with cut-price surgery at a high street clinic when it comes to something as important as your vision?

Here at London Vision Clinic, our fees are transparent and straightforward. They cover every aspect of your treatment, from your pre-surgery consultations to post-treatment check-ups, eye drops and aftercare for one year. There are simply no hidden extras.

How long does the procedure take?

Laser Eye Surgery procedures can be carried out in a matter of minutes.

Depending on the type of treatment you receive, Laser Eye Surgery can be completed in between 5 and 15 minutes. In fact, the laser itself is only active for a few seconds! The majority of your treatment time will be used in preparation for your surgery. This usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Almost certainly. We can treat around 98% of the patients we see.

Thanks to modern innovations, Laser Eye Surgery is now an option for more people than ever before. With the introduction of ReLEx SMILE – an innovative, minimally invasive procedure – many patients who would once have been unsuitable for treatment can now benefit from Laser Eye Surgery.

Your suitability will depend on a number of factors, including your age, health, and prescription. Find out more about what makes you suitable for Laser Eye Surgery, here. Alternatively, you can book a no-obligation initial screening for a personal assessment of your suitability.

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; in fact, 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.

Our screening process involves taking a large number of measurements that help us to ensure your treatment is as safe and effective as possible. It also gives our clinicians and surgeons the opportunity to talk you through the process from start to finish. It is the perfect time to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your treatment so you can head into surgery feeling informed, confident, and relaxed.

When can I drive after surgery?

You will more than likely be safe to drive short distances 24 hours after LASIK surgery.

The vision of many patients is usually good enough to permit short journeys just 24 hours after surgery; however, the exact time needed to get you back behind the wheel will depend on the treatment you have and your personal recovery experience.

Importantly, you must not drive until your Laser Eye Surgeon has given you the all-clear to do so. This will usually be done at your first post-operative check-up (the morning after surgery). Still, you should only begin to drive again once you feel fully confident with your new and improved vision.

When can I wear makeup?

You can begin applying some makeup 48 hours after surgery.

During the early stages of your recovery, you should avoid exposing your eyes to anything that may cause irritation. Therefore, you should avoid wearing eye makeup, such as mascara and eyeliner, for at least seven days following your surgery. However, it is generally fine to begin applying makeup to other areas of the face (e.g. foundation and blush) after 48 hours.

Your surgeon will provide you with more information during your post-op check-up.

Have any other questions? Just ask

While these are the most common questions we are asked here at London Vision Clinic, we know that you likely have many more. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly clinic coordinators – they’re always happy to help!

If you’re ready to find out how Laser Eye Surgery could be your ticket to clear vision, Book a Consultation today.