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Can I Fly After Laser Eye Surgery?

Can I fly after laser eye surgery
If you are considering having laser eye surgery and have already booked a holiday, it is important to know when it is safe to fly after your procedure. Lasik and Lasek are both types of laser eye surgery and the following applies for both these procedures when it comes to flying. It is generally agreed that there are no real risks related to flying after ... Read more

Does Laser Eye Surgery Cause Cataracts?

What is Intralase
Whether or not laser eye surgery can cause cataracts is a commonly asked question and the following helps explain how the 2 are related: Laser eye surgery is carried out on the cornea which is the clear outer part of your eye, whereas a cataract forms within the lens which is deeper inside your eye. ... Read more

Can I Swim After Laser Eye Surgery?

Can I swim after laser eye surgery
Following laser eye surgery people want to know when they can return to the same activities they were doing prior to their treatment and swimming is one that people often ask about. Lasek and Lasik are both types of laser eye surgery and it is extremely important that following both procedures you allow your eyes to heal without poking or rubbing them in anyway. ... Read more

Can Laser Eye Surgery Blind You?

What is the laser eye surgery recovery like
Laser eye surgery is an extremely common procedure with around 100,000 people in the UK each year deciding to have it done. As with all surgical procedures there are potential risks and you should make sure you fully research these prior to undergoing the treatment. The most important thing when it comes to a safe and successful laser eye surgery procedure is choosing a competent and experienced surgeon who has the knowledge and skill to rectify any complications should they occur. People often want to know what the worse case scenario is and this includes knowing what the chances are of going blind following laser eye surgery. The complication rate of laser eye surgery is only about 1 in 1000 treatments (0.1%) and in most of these instances, the surgeon will be able to successfully treat the problem without the loss of any vision. Only about 1 in 30,000 of these complications cannot be rectified by the surgeon which is an incredibly small number. This complication rate will vary slightly between different surgeons and it is worth checking with your surgeon what their audited complication rate currently stands at. As to whether or not laser eye surgery can blind you, well theoretically the answer to this is yes but the chances are estimated to be less than 1 in 5 million procedures. To date there have been no reported cases of laser eye surgery causing blindness and this is even taking into account the very first laser eye surgery procedures which were carried out over 20 years ago today. Laser eye surgery risks are slightly higher for Lasik compared with Lasek so this may be something to consider. Spending more money on your surgery will not necessarily ensure that the procedure is safer, although it is generally agreed that Intralase is the safest type of Lasik surgery. In summary, whilst there are risks associated with laser eye surgery the chances of something serious going wrong during the procedure is extremely low. The fear of going blind should not be a reason to put you off having the surgery owing to the fact that there have been no reported incidences to date. ... Read more

Can Laser Eye Surgery Cause Floaters?

What is Lasik
People sometimes complain that following laser eye surgery they are more aware of floaters but is there really a connection between the two? It is probably best to first explain what floaters are before we address this question: ... Read more

Can I Have Laser Eye Surgery If Pregnant?

Laser eye surgery Pregnancy
If you are pregnant, considering getting pregnant or are still breast feeding, it is important that you know the answer to the following questions:
  • Can I have laser eye surgery if I am pregnant?
  • Can I have laser eye surgery if I am planning on getting pregnant in the near future?
  • Can I have laser eye surgery (Lasik or Lasek) if I am breast feeding?
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Laser Eye Surgery And The RAF

Laser eye surgery - RAF
If you are considering joining the RAF and currently wear glasses or contact lenses you are likely to have a number of questions relating to your application. The following lists the most commonly asked questions:
  • What are the visual requirements to join the RAF?
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Laser Eye Surgery And Sport

Laser eye surgery and sport
People considering laser eye surgery are often keen to know how long it will be before they can play sport again following the procedure. This will depend on a few factors including the type of laser eye surgery you are having and also the sport that you are involved in. The time period you can play sport following Lasik is different to  that following Lasek surgery. ... Read more

Can Laser Eye Surgery Correct High Prescriptions?

One of the most commonly asked question regarding laser eye surgery is whether or not it can correct high prescriptions. The simple answer to this question is yes it can. Over the past ten years the treatable range for laser eye surgery has increased dramatically and the procedure can now treat very high prescriptions. Very few people ... Read more

What Does Laser Eye Surgery Feel Like?

Are there any age restrictions for laser eye surgery?
One of the most commonly asked questions about laser eye surgery is what exactly should I expect during the procedure and what does it feel like? The following are the typical things that people worry about laser eye surgery:
  • The idea of someone poking around in their eye.
  • The thought of a needle in their eye.
  • The thought of a laser burning their eye. The smell of the eye burning.
  • The fact that they think laser eye surgery is painful.
  • The thought of someone cutting their eye open.
Well to be honest if any of the above were true then it would be understandable if people were put of having the procedure: Let’s try and put a few things straight and see if any of the above are actually justifiable.
  • Cutting eye open: Firstly there is no poking around inside your eye and your eye is not opened up at all. A very thin corneal layer is separated from the surface of your eye for a few minutes and then gently replaced back. The layer that is separated from the surface of your eye is far smaller than a millimetre. Imagine removing an incredibly thin layer of skin from your arm. It’s not the same as actually cutting into and opening up your arm.
  • Are there needles involved in the laser eye surgery procedure? Absolutely NOT! Your eyes are numbed using eye drops which at the very worst sting for about 10-20 seconds. The eye drops feel no worse than getting a little bit of shampoo in your eye.
  • The thought of the laser burning my eye: One of the common myths about laser eye surgery is that there is a smell of burning flesh during the procedure. Well the first thing to mention is that the laser does not burn anything. Contrary to what most people believe, the laser beam is actually cold. Occasionally there is a smell resembling burning during surgery but this is a smell that is given off by the actual laser machine. It is NOT the burning of the surface of your eye. The actual lasering of the eye is completely painless and you wont even be aware it is being done. It is just like having a light shone in your eye for a short period of time. The higher your prescription the longer the laser is applied for. For every 1 dioptre of prescription the laser is applied for 10 seconds. So if your prescription is  -3.00 then the laser is only applied for 30 seconds.
  • The fact that laser eye surgery hurts: The laser eye surgery procedure does not hurt at all. Some people report mild pressure on their eye but that really is it.
  • The thought of a blade being used during surgery: People often wrongly envisage their surgeon coming towards their eye with a knife and no wonder they get nervous. Nothing could be further from the truth – You won’t even see a blade. The surgical blade (also called microkeratome) is incorporated within the equipment. As the machine is so close to your eye it will just look like a black blur. You wouldn't even know a blade was being used if you weren't told! If the idea of a blade really does put you off then you should consider Intralase which is a blade-less procedure.
  In reality the laser eye surgery procedure is quick and generally pain free. It is carried out under a local anaesthetic and the following is what you can expect:
  • The whole procedure normally only takes around 15 minutes to perform and that is to treat both eyes.
  • Your eyes will be anaesthetised using special eye drops which will cause a stinging sensation in your eyes for around 20 seconds. This is no worse than getting a small amount of soap in your eye.
  • Once the eyes have been numbed the surgeon then has to ensure that you will be unable to blink during the procedure. A special instrument is used to ensure that your eyes are kept open. Some people find this a little uncomfortable (not painful) and the more you can relax the easier it will be.
  • The Lasik procedure and Lasek procedure are carried out slightly differently but both procedures feel exactly the same.
  • The inner layers of the cornea have to be accessed so the laser can be applied. Most people report a mild feeling of pressure during this part of the procedure but no pain.
  • The laser then has to be applied which typically lasts for about one minute, depending on how high your prescription is. You will not feeling anything during the lasering of your eye.
  • Once the lasering has been completed your eyes will then be cleaned up and more eye drops will be applied.
  • The Lasik recovery and Lasek recovery will both have differing amounts of discomfort but the actual procedures are pain-free.
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