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Laser Eye Surgery: Start to Finish

4th June, 2014  

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This week at Laser Surgery Eyes, we thought we’d demystify the process of getting laser eye surgery with this simple explanation of what you can expect from start to finish.

Realising You Need Laser Eye Surgery

Remember all the times we’ve told you that laser eye surgery has helped 20 million people return to 20/20 vision? That’s where it all starts, as you need to know if you have problems with your sight if you’re ever going to get it fixed.

So how can you spot vision issues? Obviously, if the world looks really blurry, then you need to high tail it to your optician. However it’s not always as clear cut, and the problem isn’t always as obvious. In this case, try reading small text up close and far away. If you can’t read it close up, you’re long-sighted, if you can’t read it far away, you’re short-sighted. Either way, you’ve got an issue and you need to get it sorted.

Discussing Your Treatment Options

This is why you head to your opticians. You pay them a small charge (usually roughly £20) and you get a sight test, where the professional optician will diagnose and explain your eye issues. Then they discuss the treatment plans; glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery.

Usually they’ll focus on the former two, and you’ll need one or the other to deal with the problem in the short term. However, if you qualify (you’re over 18, have no prior health conditions that exclude you etc.) they will bring up laser eye surgery and discuss the basics with you.

It’s Your Job to Do the Legwork

They will tell you the basics; whether you qualify, what type of laser eye surgery you would probably need, rough costs etc. but it’s your job to do the heavy work. You need to find the ophthalmologist and surgery yourself, as well as the laser eye surgery cost, and decide which option is the most cost effective for the budget you have, as well as if you may qualify for help on the NHS.

That is why you need to come to Laser Surgery Eyes at this point. We provide a lead generation service that lets you know your options; which surgeries are nearest to you, what they offer etc. Then it’s your job to decide what’s right for your circumstances, get in touch and travel one step further on the road to 20/20 vision!

Laser Eye Surgery Consultation

From here it’s not just a case of making a call, booking an appointment and getting it done. You need a consultation first, so that the ophthalmologist can assess for themselves what needs to be done. They’ll conduct their own eye exam, then decide whether they are able to take you on as a patient.

The consultation doesn’t stop there though. Not only will they talk to you to make sure that it is the right thing for you, that you understand the risks and the payment responsibilities, as well as the benefits, but they will begin the process and set it into motion.

It’s All about Preparation

You may think the next step is surgery, but you’d be wrong. You need to be prepared. Between the course of your consultation and surgery, you need to make sure that payment is fully prepared and that you have a family member or friend to get you to and from the operation, as it would be dangerous to be out in public on your own in the immediate aftermath. If you don’t have someone willing to drive you, you need to take this time to arrange accommodation nearby for immediately afterward.

The day of the surgery itself, there are several preparatory steps you need to take. Obviously, don’t wear contact lenses, however surgeries also ask that you don’t wear perfumes, colognes or deodorants, that ladies refrain from wearing any form of eye makeup  and that you don’t wear any woollen clothing; so  you’ll need to keep all of this in mind as you prepare.

It’s Time for Laser Eye Surgery

Now the time has come, and the process is actually fairly straight forward. You’ll have a final talk to iron out the details and go over any last minute doubts, then you’ll be prepped for surgery and usually placed under a topical anaesthetic.

Then the ophthalmologist will perform the procedure, which takes 15 minutes per eye and is painless. They use a mechanical tool to create to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea, then the surgeon will lift the flap to access the underlying cornea, and remove the necessary corneal tissue with a laser. Then the flap is lowered and left in place to heal naturally.

What Comes After Laser Eye Surgery?

In the Immediate Aftermath, you need to protect yourself. It’s pretty common to feel as though you’ve got something in your eye; don’t rub it. It’s also expected for your vision to be somewhat hazy in the immediate aftermath.

You’ll feel a slight discomfort that will soon go away, and you’ll see the world get noticeably sharper. However, your eyes are sensitive after the treatment, and you need to make sure that someone either drives you home or you have a place to stay. Spend a few days recuperating and letting your eyes heal naturally.

In the long term, that’s pretty much it. You’ll have a follow up in the first 48 hours to ensure that no complications have developed, and may have more if your ophthalmologist deems it necessary. It’s usually a good idea to have follow ups regularly for six months after surgery.

This is the process you will go through when you decide to get laser eye surgery, and if you’ve learned anything, we want it to be that you have numerous check-ups and consultations you have throughout to ensure safety. That is why laser eye surgery is one of the safest types of surgical treatment in the modern era.

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