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Will A Sneeze Wreck My Laser Eye Surgery?

by Professor Dan Z Reinstein

I try to make my patients feel relaxed before they have Laser Eye Surgery.

But over the years – and I’ve done more than 18,500 procedures – so many of my patients have harboured unfounded fears about the procedure that I wanted to set the record straight. Here are some myths and facts…

The Facts…

  • Laser Eye Surgery should cost at least £4,000 – this covers the right checks and the best technology. It takes the approximately three minutes to treat eye.
  • It does not matter if you move , blink, sneeze or cough during the procedure. A well-trained surgeon and technology ensure that movement do not affect the result.
  • One pulse of the laser removes a quarter of the hundredth of a width of a human hair.
    Anybody over the age of 18 can have Laser Eye Surgery.
  • It can correct reading vision in ageing eyes as well as long sight and astigmatism.
    Most patients will be able to see fairly well by the evening of the day of the procedure. Most patients can return to work the next day.
  • The main side effect is dry eyes. How long it takes to settle varies – a few weeks to a few months.
    There is about 0.1 per cent chance of a minor visual complication.
    Your surgeon should have carried out at least 100 procedures under supervision.
  • The practice should provide long-term post-operative care.

…And The Myths:

  • The laser is hot – the laser process is actually cold.
  • The smell during the procedure is your eye burning – the odour is carbon atoms generated by the laser.
  • It hurts – there is no pain.
  • It is not permanent – the changes made are permanent.

Click here to learn more myths about laser eye surgery.

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  1. Miss Susan Baines 28/04/2011 at 11:28

    I should like to have laser treatment at your clinic in London. Unfortunately, I live in Manchester and was wondering about the follow up appointments, or if any complications arose would there be a clinic up here that could deal with any issues.

    • London Vision Clinic 28/04/2011 at 12:18

      Hi Miss Baines,
      I appreciate the inconvenience this must cause. In fact, over half of the patients who come to the London Vision Clinic are from outside of London, so you’re not alone. I’m confident, however, that post-operative arrangements could be made for you in Manchester, as we can arrange this with trusted optometrists in various cities around the UK. Give us a call at 020 7224 1004, and we’ll be able to discuss this with you specifically. Good luck!