Laser Surgery FAQs

Have questions?

At the Binetter Eye Centre our aim is to help you make an informed decision about laser vision surgery and your eyes. Our objective is to ensure that you know as much about the procedure as possible.

Our surgeon is very careful in deciding which potential patients are good candidates for laser vision correction and he will discuss with you your expectations from the procedure.

Our surgeon and staff have changed the lives of thousands of patients since introducing the LASIK procedure.

You may be a perfect candidate for LASIK. However, you also may be one of the ten percent of our potential patients who is not suitable.

Laser Surgery FAQ

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Why should I choose you?

We are highly experienced having performed over 22,000 procedures and have changed the lives of thousands of patients so you are in good hands.

Will I have 20/20 vision?

Most of our patients achieve 20/20 vision or even better than 20/20. However if the patient has a complex prescription, the use of corrective lenses will be dramatically reduced. Mild reading glasses may still be required for reading, night driving or working at a computer.

What conditions can be treated?

Shortsightedness, longsightedness and astigmatism are all able to be treated.

Will the results last forever?

Leading LASIK surgeons around the world now regard LASIK as a permanent correction to the cornea. 25 years of investigative trials have demonstrated that vision remains stable after LASIK. However, over the age of 45, all people will start to have difficulty with close up vision due to the natural ageing process which occurs in the lens of the eye. This usually results in the need for reading glasses. Occasionally some people may experience very late regression years after the procedure.

Are there any extra costs?

• There is an initial consultation fee of $250
• Eye drops will also need to be purchsed on the day of the procedure at a cost of $50

Will my surgery be covered by private health insurance?

You are unable to claim the costs from most private health funds or Medicare. However some Healthfunds such as Medibank, Bupa & Defence Health have ultimate cover, We recommend you check with your Healthfund to see if you qualify. You may also be able to claim some of the costs back through personal income tax. You would need to discuss this with your accountant.

Is Laser Surgery painful?

The laser treatment itself is painless. There are no needles. Instead, anaesthetic eye drops are used to numb the surface of the eye both before and during surgery. Some people may feel discomfort from the lid speculum used to keep the eyelids open. Sometimes, prior to the laser re-shaping of your cornea, a moderate feeling of pressure may cause brief discomfort. After the procedure your eyes may feel gritty or irritable for several hours. This usually resolves with sleep. 1% to 2% of patients require a mild analgesic such as Panadol to relieve more prolonged discomfort.

What is the Excimer Laser?

The Excimer Laser is an ultra-violet laser which utilises Argon and Fluorine gas to create a non-thermal or cool beam of laser light which can break molecular bonds.

How long does the surgery take?

LASIK surgery requires approximately 20-30 minutes for both eyes to be treated, although the actual laser re-shaping of your cornea often takes less than 20 seconds depending on your prescription. You will be at the clinic for about 2-3 hours in total.

How soon can I return to my normal routine?

Most people can return to work the next day as 90% of visual recovery will occur within the first 24 hours. Minor fluctuations in vision can persist for several weeks.

When will I be able to drive?

Most patients are able to drive the following day.

Are there any risks?

There are risks with having laser vision correction. The chances of having a complication is about 1-2% and usually minor, such as having dry eyes and needing to use lubricating drops. The risk of a potentially serious risk such as getting an infection are approx 1:10,000

Will I ever have to wear glasses again?

Presbyopia is a natural ageing process which affects the lens of the eye in everyone in the mid 40’s – 50’s. This results in most people in this age group requiring reading glasses. It’s possible that some people might need to wear a small prescription for certain activities after the surgery.

If I only wear glasses for reading, can laser surgery still help me?

Yes, laser surgery may help you. Monovision is an alternative to reading glasses.

Do I have the surgery on both eyes at the same time?

Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation, but the vast majority of patients can have both eyes treated on the same day.

How long before I can see normally after the surgery?

Results vary from patient to patient. Most patients have functional vision the next day. Full visual results are realised for most within 4-6 weeks. While SmartSurface achieves the same results as LASIK, the process is longer, therefore the visual recovery can be longer, vision is often not stabilised for up to 6 weeks

What if I am pregnant or trying to conceive?

We do not perform laser eye surgery on women who are pregnant as vision is often not stable during pregnancy and the medications used during laser eye surgery may cross the placenta.

If you have any more questions,

Get in touch with our friendly team today.

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