What are some good questions to ask about Laser Eye Surgery?
If you’re considering Laser Eye Surgery to correct your refractive error – whether that be long-sightedness, short-sightedness, Astigmatism, or presbyopia – it’s likely that you’ll have some questions about the procedure. Take a look at our list of frequently asked questions below for some helpful questions to ask your surgeon or ophthalmologist.
Is there an age limit for Laser Eye Surgery?
At London Vision Clinic, we are able to treat around 98% of patients who come to us. But there are a number of factors that can affect your suitability for Laser Eye Surgery. In some cases, your age may make you unsuitable for treatment.
Take a look at our article, ‘Is there an Age Limit for Laser Eye Surgery‘, for more information.
Am I a good candidate for LASIK based on my refractive error?
LASIK is the most commonly performed Laser Eye Surgery procedure in the UK and, as such, the majority of patients are suitable for this treatment. However, suitability for any Laser Eye treatment is determined on a patient-by-patient basis and can depend on a number of considerations, including age, pre-existing health conditions, eye health, and prescription.
Read our article. ‘Am I a good candidate for LASIK based on my refractive error?’ to find out more.
How many times have you performed LASIK, and what is your success rate?
When it comes to getting surgery on your eyes, you want to know that you are in the best hands. At London Vision Clinic, we have been performing top-of-class Laser Eye Surgery procedures for over two decades. During this time, we have become one of the most respected Laser Eye Surgery institutions in the world, thanks to our access to world-class surgeons and state-of-the-art technology.
To learn more about our results and success rate at London Vision Clinic, take a look at ‘What is Our Success Rate for LASIK Surgery?’
What are the potential risks and complications of the procedure?
Major developments in the field have helped to make Laser Eye surgery one of the safest elective procedures around. Modern treatments are now associated with faster recovery times, better results, and minimal side effects. However, all kinds of surgery come with some risk of complications.
To learn more, take a look at our article, ‘What are the Potential Risks and Complications of Laser Eye Surgery?‘
Will I still need to wear glasses/contact lenses after LASIK?
We’re proud of our results here at London Vision Clinic – and with good reason! Around 96% of our Laser Eye Surgery patients achieve 20/20 vision (that’s good enough to be a fighter pilot!), with half this many achieving even better! However, in some cases, glasses and/or contact lenses may still be required after surgery.
Read our article, ‘Will I Still Need to Wear Glasses or Contact Lenses after LASIK?’, for more information.
How long does the recovery process typically take, and what should I expect?
One factor that has made Laser Eye Surgery an increasingly popular solution to refractive errors is the favourable recovery times. The time needed for recovery has consistently improved over the years, thanks to advancements in technology; but the process can vary significantly between procedures and patients.
For more information on expected recovery times, read our article, ‘How Long Does Recovery Take After Laser Eye Surgery?‘
Are there any lifestyle changes I should make before and after the procedure?
As with any type of surgery, there are some guidelines that you should follow both in preparation for your procedure and for the duration of your recovery. The good news is that most of these restrictions are minor and short-lived.
Find out more in our ‘Guide to Preparing for Laser Eye Surgery: Before and After Treatment’.
Can I have LASIK if I have diabetes or glaucoma?
There are a number of factors that can affect your suitability for Laser Eye Surgery. These include the general health of your eyes, your prescription, and the presence of any other health conditions. It is important to understand how any pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes and glaucoma could affect your suitability for the procedure.
For more information, take a look at our articles: ‘Can I have Laser Eye Surgery if I have Diabetes?‘ and ‘Can I have Laser Eye Surgery if I have Glaucoma?‘
Will the procedure be performed using traditional LASIK or bladeless LASIK technology?
Preparing for surgery can be a daunting prospect, especially when it concerns something as important and sensitive as our eyes. For this reason, understanding the procedure in as much detail as possible can be useful to put your mind at ease. For example, you may wonder what kind of tools will be used on your eyes. At London Vision Clinic, we aim to give you all the information you need to prepare for a smooth journey to better vision.
Find out more about the technology used in LASIK surgery at ‘Is LASIK Laser Eye Surgery Performed with a Blade?’
What should I do if I experience any post-operative symptoms, such as dry eyes?
As with any type of surgery, Laser Eye Surgery is associated with some post-operative side effects. The good news is that these symptoms – including dry eyes – are minor and short-lived. What’s more, your surgeon will be on hand (you’ll even be given their phone number!) to answer any concerns you may have about your recovery.
For more information, read our ‘Guide to Post-Operative Symptoms After Laser Eye Surgery’.
At London Vision Clinic, our rigorous screening program is not only designed to give our surgeons all of the information they need to achieve the best possible outcome, but also to give every patient all the information they need to make an informed decision about their treatment.
If you have any further questions regarding Laser Eye Surgery at London Vision Clinic, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly clinic coordinators. Alternatively, Book a Consultation today to start your journey to clearer vision.