Frequently Asked Questions
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You will have a consultation with Prof. Power who make sure your eyes are healthy and discuss your suitability for surgery and any risks with you. You will have a number of tests such as prescription testing, corneal topography, pachymetry, testing for dry eye and wavefront analysis by our ophthalmic technician.
You need to refrain from wearing soft contact lenses for 1 week and gas permeable contact lenses for 2 weeks prior to your assessment.
Most patients go back to work one or two days after surgery, but reading vision can remain difficult for 1-2 weeks. That being said most patients can function on a computer within a few days
Most patients feel no pain during the procedure but merely a pressure sensation around the eye.
No. The flap is created with a laser (the femtosecond laser) and the cornea is reshaped also with a laser (the excimer laser) making it an all laser procedure.
Most people find that their vision is good enough to drive on the day after surgery. We recommend wearing sunglasses for the first few days for daytime driving.
It is okay to jog and return to the gym a couple of days after surgery, and resume swimming with goggles after 3 weeks. Contact sports should be deferred for three months.
The vast majority of patients achieve an excellent result. Permanent reduction in vision is extremely rare. During your assessment Prof. Power will discuss all risks in detail with you and will be the first to tell you if you are not a suitable candidate.
No, only your eye doctor will be able to tell, and then, only by looking at your eye through a high power microscope.
Many patients find their night vision is improved after the wavefront CustomVue procedure. In fact, in the FDA clinical study, four times as many participants were very satisfied with their night vision after the procedure as compared to their night vision before with glasses or contacts.
The final vision outcome is very dependent on the individual healing process, and may result in under or over correction of refractive errors, and consequently you may still require glasses, contact lenses or need further laser surgery (called enhancement / re-treatment) in order to obtain the best vision possible. Recent evidence has shown that some higher prescriptions may slip many years after initial successful laser surgery. An Enhancement may be possible at that time.
Due to the natural process of ageing, many people eventually become presbyopic (need reading glasses) and this process still occurs even if they had laser surgery. In some patients we under treat one eye (monovision) and in this case the under treated eye continues to read for life.
You will only know this after being assessed but with modern laser machines, many high prescriptions can be treated nowadays. If you are not suitable for laser you may be a candidate for phakic implants (where an implant is placed in front of the pupil) or clear lens extraction with insertion of an artificial lens behind the pupil.
Candidates need only to be 21 years or older to undergo treatment. There is no upper age limit and in the past we have treated patients aged 21 – 70 years.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the clinic.