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How Long Does Laser Eye Surgery Last?

is laser eye surgery good for all types of vision problems
As with all surgical procedures no one could ever give a 100% guarantee that something is going to last forever. The same can be said about laser eye surgery and any surgeon claiming otherwise is simply not telling the truth. However there are certain facts about how long laser eye surgery lasts that may help you make your decision: ... Read more

What Is The Laser Eye Surgery Recovery Like?

What is the laser eye surgery recovery like
Concerns about the laser eye surgery recovery is one of the biggest fears people have about the procedure. Like with more things in life, the actual thought of having something done is often not as bad as the reality. The typical things that people are concerned about with the recovery are as follows: ... Read more

Long term effects of laser eye surgery

is laser eye surgery good for all types of vision problems
People often worry about the potential long term implications of laser eye surgery and cite this as the main reason for not having the procedure. The most common issues are as follows:
  • Laser eye surgery has not been around very long.
  • Its hard to know the long term effects of laser eye surgery as people have not been having it done for very long.
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Laser Eye Surgery And The Army

Laser eye surgery and the army
If you are currently in the army or are considering joining, then you may have wondered what the regulations are regarding laser eye surgery. This is of course assuming you that you don't already have perfect vision. Up until quite recently the army have been very sceptical about laser eye surgery with those having had it done being rejected from applying. The army's attitude is slowly changing and although things aren’t exactly black and white, people are now being accepted into the army who have had laser eye surgery. ... Read more

Is Laser Eye Surgery Painful?

Are there any age restrictions for laser eye surgery?
For many people considering having laser eye surgery one of the first things they want to know is whether or not the procedure is painful. Surprisingly this is often more of an issue than the risks or costs involved with the surgery. People are often quite squeamish and are worried about all sorts of things such as the use of needles and the burning sensation of the laser. The aim of this blog post is to address some of the main concerns people have about the procedure. The first thing to mention is that laser eye surgery does not involve the use of any needles at all and the eyes are numbed using anaesthetic eye drops which cause mild stinging at worst. The vast majority of people undergoing laser eye surgery experience very little pain at all and most people report only a mild feeling of pressure during the procedure. The only part of the procedure that some people find uncomfortable is the use of the instrument to keep the eye lids open, to ensure you do not blink during the surgery. This is only uncomfortable if you ‘fight against it’ so the key thing to do is to try and remain relaxed – this is of course easier said than done for some people. The actual lasering of the eye is completely painless and you won’t even be aware that it is happening. Contrary to many people’s belief that the laser burns the surface of the eye, the laser itself is in fact actually cold. The actual lasering of the eye typically only takes around 30 - 40 seconds depending on the extent of your prescription. All other aspects of the surgery are completely painless as your eyes are completely anaesthetised. Although there is very little pain involved in the actual procedure there can be some discomfort during the recovery period. This is very much dependent on which type of laser eye surgery you are having. The two main types of laser eye surgery are Lasik and Lasek and you can read about how they differ in the following guide: what is the difference between Lasik and Lasek? Lasik is by far the most common procedure accounting for around 90% of all procedures performed. Lasek is generally only undertaken when you have been deemed unsuitable for Lasik with the most likely reason to be a thin cornea. During a laser eye surgery consultation all the appropriate measurements will be taken to see which procedure you are suitable for. Depending on which treatment you have the recovery period is described below: Lasik Recovery: Even after the anaesthetic eye drops have worn off there is generally very little discomfort associated with the Lasik recovery. Following Lasik surgery people generally experience a mild stinging, itching and dry sensation but this is the worst it gets for most people. The symptoms quickly wear off and most people can return to work and everyday activities 24 - 48 hours after the surgery. This quick and painless recovery period is the number one reason why Lasik is the procedure of choice. Lasek Recovery: The symptoms following Lasek are generally more pronounced and last for a longer period of time. Some people can be in quite moderate pain after Lasek and pain killers will generally be prescribed by your surgeon. Symptoms do improve over 24 – 48 hours but most people report discomfort up to 1 week post-surgery. In summary, laser eye surgery involves very little if any discomfort at all and should definitely not be a reason to put you off having the treatment. The vast majority of people experience only mild pressure during the actual procedure and the more relaxed you are the less discomfort you are likely to feel. The Lasik recovery is generally quicker and more comfortable than the Lasek recovery and this is why it is the most popular procedure. ... Read more

Can Diabetics Have Laser Eye Surgery?

Can Lasik eye surgery be repeated?
There is no quick and easy answer as to whether or not diabetics can have laser eye surgery as it really does depends on the individual circumstances. The aim of the article is to explain the different issues surrounding diabetes and laser eye surgery to give you a better understanding of where you stand. The 2 main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2 and their main features are as follows: ... Read more

Does Lasik Wear Off?

Can laser eye surgery correct high prescriptions
How long Lasik lasts is a common concern amongst people considering having laser eye surgery. Lasik eye surgery is an expensive procedure and people need to feel reassured that their vision will remain clear for an extended period of time and ideally forever. Like with most things in life there ... Read more

Can Laser Eye Surgery Be Repeated?

Can Lasik eye surgery be repeated?
Can Laser eye surgery be repeated is one of the most commonly asked questions about the procedure and it is relevant for people who are considering having the treatment and also for those who have already had it done. People who are considering having laser eye surgery want to know if the procedure can be repeated should the results not be as good as expected. The answer to the question is yes, in most cases ... Read more

Laser Eye Surgery And The Police

Laser eye surgery and the Police
If you are considering joining the police and currently wear glasses or contact lenses you are likely to have a number of questions relating to your application. Let’s first take a brief look at the visual standards to see whether or not you already meet them. Police visual requirements: You can view the full police visual requirements on the following website: From this you will notice that they talk about the visual requirements in terms of aided and unaided vision. Aided vision relates to what you can see with your glasses/contact lenses on and unaided vision refers to what you can see without your glasses (or contact lenses off). Unless you have a lazy eye, then the chances are you will pass the aided vision requirements without any problems. However, if you wear glasses or contact lenses then it is likely to be your unaided vision that results in you failing the standards. I am not going to list all the requirements as they vary depending on which position within the police you intend on applying for. The most stringent requirements of unaided vision are 6/18 for Air observers and the most lenient category being 6/60 unaided for Police Community Support staff. What exactly do these numbers relate to in terms of the opticians eye test chart?
  • Unaided vision of 6/18: This relates to roughly half way down the eye test chart.
  • Unaided vision of 6/60: This relates to the top letter (biggest) on most eye test charts.
How does this relate to the prescription in my glasses? It is difficult to accurately explain this as it depends on whether you are long sighted, short sighted or have astigmatism. Most people who require glasses for distance tasks are likely to be either short sighted or have astigmatism. The following shows a typical prescription that you are likely to get from your opticians: SPH     CYL    AXIS -2.00 This example relates to someone who is short sighted as the prescription is a minus number. Plus prescriptions relate to long sightedness. The column that it titled CYL is blank which means you have no astigmatism. CYL relates to astigmatism as does the axis. The axis only relates to the direction (type) of astigmatism, whereas the CYL column relates to the amount of astigmatism. See below: SPH     CYL    AXIS 0.00   -2.00    90. This example suggests you only have astigmatism and the amount you have is 2 dioptres. The direction/axis is 90 and it is probably best to ignore this as it will only cause confusion and is not relevant to your application. In terms of what amount of prescription relates to a certain unaided vision, the following gives a rough estimation. This is only an estimation as it is difficult to predict accurately: Unaided vision  --- Amount short sightedness     -------- Amount of astigmatism 6/18 approx             -1.25 or more  (short sightedness)        Approx -2.00 or more (Astigmatism) 6/60 approx             -2.00 or more (short sightedness)        Approx -3.00 or more (Astigmatism) These are only guidelines as there are many combinations of prescriptions. Most people have a combination of short-sightedness and astigmatism and it is impossible to list every combination! Furthermore the axis of the astigmatism does make a difference as well. For example if your axis is 180 or 90 (or close to either) than your vision is generally not as affected as much. If your axis is 45 or 135 (or close to either) your vision is likely to be considerably worse. Can I join the police if I have laser eye surgery? Getting back to the original question, the simple answer is yes. This has changed in recent years as laser eye surgery has become far less invasive than it was in the early days. The 2 most common types of laser eye surgery are Lasik and Lasek and both are accepted by the police force. If you had laser eye surgery about 10 years ago, then you may have had one of the more invasive types of surgery such as Radial Keratotomy (RK). If this is the case, you will need to check with the individual police force to see whether or not they will accept you. This type of treatment is considered to weaken your cornea (surface of your eye), so they are concerned about the risk of trauma to your eye during your duty as a police officer. How long will I need to wait after surgery before I can apply/return to work? This is likely to vary depending on which police department you are joining/currently working for. The time period is likely to be between 4 – 8 weeks and could be more for some departments. If you currently work for the police you will have your vision assessed on your return. Summary: In summary both Lasik and Lasek are now accepted by the police and if you fail to meet the unaided vision requirements then laser eye surgery may be your only option. Only those who have had laser eye surgery over 10 years ago are likely to have any issues with applying for the police. The final say will always come down to the individual police department and if you have any doubts you should discuss these with them. ... Read more

Laser Eye Surgery Aftercare – Whats Involved?

What is Intralase
If you are thinking about having laser eye surgery then it is important to know what your commitments are to after-care appointments following the procedure. Aftercare appointments will vary slightly depending on whether you have had Lasik or Lasek eye surgery but the typical appointments you will have are as follows: 1 day post op, 1 week post op ... Read more