I began researching laser eye surgery as I have been thinking of having it done for quite a while. I suffer from nearsightedness (myopia) and have found my eyesight worsen over the last few years, contacts irritate my eyes and I don’t like wearing glasses all day.I know a lot of people who have had laser eye surgery and highly recommend it. After researching I decided to book a consultation with Optilase. I was really impressed on my first visit as the Optician Marie was really informative. She put drops in my eyes to dilate the pupils and did a thorough check of the eye . These drops will make your eyes sensitive to light so bring sunglasses until their effects wear off and you won’t be able to drive so you will need someone to drive you to your appointment. Once Marie ensured I was a suitable candidate then she went through the procedures in detail…too much detail! They tell you exactly how it is done which if you are a little squeamish about the eyes then you are better holding off on eating before you appointment.There are two types of treatments Optilase offers for myopia: LASIK and PRK/LASEK. I’ll give you a quick recap so if you are squeamish scroll down quickly!
Both treatments reshape the cornea to correct your prescription and anaesthetic drops are put in the eyes before treatment which apparently sting a little.
LASIK is done by creating a small flap on the surface of the cornea (front surface of the eye) by using a blade-free laser. They then lift the flap and treat the cornea with the laser,once finished they place the flap back down for the eye to begin healing. This treatment has a recovery time of roughly 3 days.
PRK/LASEK is done by a portion of the eye surface called the epithelium is softened using an Ethanol solution and gently moved aside. The eye is then treated with the laser. A special contact lens is put in place over your cornea for roughly five days to comfort and protect the surface of the eye as it heals. This takes roughly 5 days to heal.
Luckily I am a suitable candidate for both treatments so I’ll be hoping for the LASIK treatment but it all depends on what the surgeon decides is best on the day. Overall I am finding Optilase really good, the staff are really friendly and helpful. They are always on hand to give information and put your mind at ease. They also have different payment plans which you can discuss with them once you have been found to be suitable for treatment. There is a lifetime guarantee with Optilase so if your eyesight does regress(return to old prescription) they will treat you again for free which is great. Unfortunately laser eye surgery is not covered here in Ireland on health insurance but they offer up to 15% off if you are with certain health insurance providers. If you don’t have health insurance cover then you can claim roughly 50% back on your tax at the end of the year.
There are a few things you can do to help prepare. For women, hold off on wearing heavy eye makeup for 3 days prior to surgery and you should take supplements like omega fish oils to help promote hydration in the eyes. I hope if you are considering laser eye surgery that this helps, I’ll also let you know how the actual surgery goes and about the after care in a later blog.
So until then, have a great day!x