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What is IOL surgery?

Lens implant surgery is a term used to describe procedures that involve operating within the eye (intra-ocular) rather than on the surface, to either place an artificial implant to correct vision or replace the existing lens of the eye and adjust the prescription at the same time. IOL's are a permanent vision correction solution and will prevent you from ever developing cataracts as you age.

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What is PRK?

PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) or Surface Treatment (PRK/EK) is a vision correction procedure in which the vision correction treatment is applied to the surface of the cornea. PRK is the procedure of choice for patients whose corneas are too thin to have LASIK.

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What is LASIK?

LASIK is the most frequently performed laser procedure in the world. Your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon prepares your eye for laser treatment by creating a small flap on the surface of the cornea (front surface of the eye) by using blade-free IntraLase technology. The laser is then applied to the underlying surface to reshape your cornea and correct for your prescription. Your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon then places the flap back down and your eye begins to heal. The key benefits of the LASIK procedure are a rapid recovery time, usually within 48 hours and little or no post operative discomfort.

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What is the difference between laser eye surgery and reading vision correction?

Laser Eye Surgery is performed in order to correct problems related to the cornea. Generally speaking, laser eye surgery is suitable for people between the ages of 18-65 and corrects the following conditions;In people over the age of 40 wearing reading glasses, the problem is usually related to the lens of the eye. As the eye ages, the lens becomes hard and loses its gel-like flexibility. The muscles surrounding the lens which in a young eye can help the lens to focus also become weaker and as a result the eye cannot focus on fine print. The condition is called presbyopia. Reading vision correction corrects presbyopia.Laser Eye Surgery is performed in order to correct problems related to the cornea. Generally speaking, laser eye surgery is suitable for people between the ages of 18-65 and corrects the following conditions;

- Long sightedness
- Short sightedness
- Astigmatism

In people over the age of 40 wearing reading glasses, the problem is usually related to the lens of the eye. As the eye ages, the lens becomes hard and loses its gel-like flexibility. The muscles surrounding the lens which in a young eye can help the lens to focus also become weaker and as a result the eye cannot focus on fine print. The condition is called presbyopia. Reading vision correction corrects presbyopia.

At Optilase, we are also proud to offer combination procedures whereby we can correct problems relating to the cornea and reading vision problems using a combination of laser eye surgery and reading vision correction treatments.

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I have an active Coldsore. Can I have surgery?

If you have an active coldsore, this must be resolved before surgery. If you get frequent coldsores, you will need a prescription.

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I have a history of Retinal Detachment. Can I have surgery?

Those who have a history of Retinal Detachment cannot have Laser Eye Surgery. You can however have a Lens Replacement Surgery if there is no history within the last 6 months. This will need to be reviewed and confirmed with a surgeon prior to surgery.

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I have an active eye infection/Inflammation. Can I have surgery?

must be resolved before surgery.

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I have moderate Dry Eye. Can I have surgery?

If you have dry eye, this must be resolved before proceeding with surgery.

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I have a Cataract. Can I have surgery?
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Those with a Cataract cannot have Laser Eye Surgery. You would be suitable for a Lens Replacement Surgery.

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I have depression/anxiety. Can I have surgery?

If you have a recent diagnosis of depression/anxiety (last 6 month) we would request that you wait until your condition has stabilised. After this time, please provide a GP letter in order to proceed with a surgery.

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I have a heart conditions. Can I have surgery?

Yes if you have a heart condition and are stable, you are still suitable for surgery. Please provide a GP letter.

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I am HIV Positive. Can I have surgery?

Yes if you are HIV positive and are stable, you are still suitable for surgery. Please provide a GP letter.

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I have cancer. Can I have surgery?

If you have cancer and are interested in a surgery, please send more details to our team. Your case will be reviewed by an Optometrist.

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I am pregnant or breasfteeding. Can I have surgery?

You cannot have surgery while pregnant and should wait for 6 months after stopping breastfeeding before proceeding with surgery.

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I have Diabetes. Can I have surgery?

If you have diabetes, once it is well controlled with a stable hba1c level and you have a letter form your GP, you are suitable for a surgery.

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I have Glaucoma. Can I have surgery?

Those with Glaucoma cannot have Laser Eye Surgery. You may however, be suitable for a Lens Replacement Surgery which can be determined at consultation.

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I have scarring on my cornea. Can I have surgery?

Yes if you have scarring on your cornea, you are still suitable for surgery. Please book for your consultation.

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I have an autoimmune condition. Can I have surgery?

Yes if you have an automimmune condition, you are still suitable for surgery. Please book for your consultation.

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I am on roaccutane. Can I have surgery?

If you are on this medication, you must stop taking it 6 months prior to Laser Eye Surgery or 4 weeks prior to IOL surgery.

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I have a Pacemaker. Can I have surgery?

Those with a pacemaker cannot have Laser Eye Surgery. You can however have a Lens Surgery.

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I have Epilepsy. Can I have surgery?

If you have epilepsy, once it is not light triggered and you are seizure free for 2 years you are suitable for a surgery.

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I am on Eltroxin. Can I have surgery?

Yes if you are on this medication, you are still suitable for surgery. Please book for your consultation.

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I am on HRT. Can I have surgery?

Yes if you are on this medication, you are still suitable for surgery. Please book for your consultation.

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I have Kerrataconnus. Can I have surgery?

Those with a Kerrataconnus cannot have Laser Eye Surgery. You may however, be suitable for a Monofocal Lens Replacement Surgery.

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Will I need reading glasses?

Lens Replacement Surgery is a treatment option for those with reading glasses, if suitable.

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Are there complications of having an Eye Surgery?

As with any elective surgery, there are risks involved. You will be made aware of these risks during your initial free consultation as well as your pre-operative consultation.

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Is Laser Eye Surgery covered by health insurance?

Laser Eye Surgery is considered an elective procedure and is not covered by health insurance. We have already given you a 15% goodwill discount for being a health insurance member.

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How does the Refer a Friend offer work?

We pride ourselves on our 5 star experience and word of mouth hugely helps our patients. We reward our patients for each referall.

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When will I recieve my Refer a Friend voucher?

Once the person you referred has surgery, you will get your voucher within 10-12 weeks.

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I had IOL surgery recently my vision is still blurry... is this normal?
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Please get in touch with the clinic to provide us with further details.

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Is Laser Eyer Surgery permanent?
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Yes, long term follow up studies indicate that after the healing process is complete, eyesight remains stable. Some patients may develop the need for reading glasses as they age but this happens to most adults regardless of whether they get laser vision correction.

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How long will it take my eyes to heal?
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For most of our patients, it takes one or two days for their improved vision to settle. However, we do advise that patients rest their eyes properly for the month following their surgery.

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Do I need to attend my recommended aftercare appointments?
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We strongly advise our patients to attend all of their aftercare appointments. Your aftercare appointments allow us to track the progress of your eyes and to ensure they are healing properly.

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What does the Optilase Laser Lifetime Care Guarantee include?
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At Optilase, we are proud to offer a Laser Lifetime Care Guarantee to all of our patients. In the unlikely event that your eyesight should regress (your old prescription starts to return), we offer the corrective laser treatment, known as an enhancement, for free. This comes as standard with all of our Laser Eye Surgery treatments. If the vision deterioration occurs due to the natural aging of the eye, you would not be suitable for a correction.

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I am in a lot of pain after my PRK surgery. Is this normal?
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After PRK, some pain is normal and this can happen on day 2/3 or day 4/5. Please use painkillers, drops and get as much sleep as you can in a dark room. You can call the clinic at any time if you are concerned.

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I had an accident and hurt my eye. Do I need to be seen?
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If you have hurt your eye(s) within 1 month of surgery please get in touch with the clinic as soon as possible.

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I am in a lot of pain after my IOL or LASIK surgery. Is this normal?
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You should not be in any considerable pain after your Laser Eye Surgery or IOL surgery though some discomfort is normal. If you find that you are in pain, you can contact our team.

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I feel my vision is worsening?
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If you feel your vision is worsening, we would request that you get a sight test done and pass results to our clinic. Our Optometrist can then book you in for a review.

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When can I wear eye make up again?
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You can wear eye make up 2 weeks after your surgery. This is best practice to avoid infection.

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I think my contact lense came out after surgery?
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Please check if you can see the lense in your eye, and then call the clinic immediately. If it has been less than 7 day since your surgery and it is after hours, you may use the emergency phone number provided.

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Can I go home alone after surgery?
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You will be very light sensitive and it may be difficult to fully open your eyes, so it is not safe to travel alone the day of your surgery.

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When do I start my drops I was given?
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Please start using your drops on the day of surgery. Begin using your drops 3 hours after IOL.

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When can I fly after surgery?
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It is recommened that you wait for 1 week after your surgery before flying.

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When can I return to my day to day activities?
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Please follow the post op guidelines sheet which you are given after your surgery.

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Is Laser Eye surgery painful?
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The laser vision correction process itself is painless as we use anaesthetic drops to numb your eyes. Depending on your treatment type. there can be some discomfort in the days following treatment, but this is generally temporary.

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Is Laser Eye Surgery safe?
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At Optilase, your safety is our No. 1 priority. We use the most advanced and safest laser technology and all of our Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons, Laser Optometrists, Laser Technicians and surgery nurses are highly experienced and fully accredited.

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Will I feel the IOL lense in my eye?

No. There are no reports of patients ever being able to feel the lense.

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Can I get more drops if I run out?
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Yes, of course. Your drops are inlcuded for up to 3 months after surgery. If you have run out, please call the clinic for more.

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One eye is sorer than the other is this normal?
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Yes, just after surgery, this is completely normal. Howver if you have any major drop in vision or discharge coming from the eyes, please get in touch with us immediately.

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Can I drive after my Laser Eye Surgery preop?
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If you are having treatment in the North, your preop is done ahead of surgery, and you will be allowed to drive after this appointment. If you are being treated in the Republic of Ireland, your Laser Eye Surgery preop is done on the day of surgery, in which case you will be unable to drive.

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Can I drive after my IOL preop?
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Usually your eyes will be dilated on the day, in which case you will be unable to drive.

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When do I need to pay my balance for surgery?

Your balance for surgery has to be paid a minimum of 14 days before your surgery.

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Can I get a work cert for being off work?
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We can provide you with a letter to give to your employer. In order to obtain a medical cert for sick pay, you would need to see your GP.

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Can I tint my lashes before surgery?
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Yes absolutely. But please allow 48 hours between tinting and surgery.

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How many post ops will I have?
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You will have a minimum of 4 post ops included in your surgery. If required, more post op appointments may be arranged.

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Do I have to be seen exactly 24 hours and 5 days after my surgery?
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Yes, we would like to see you at these times to ensure that healing is on track, and so it is important that you attend these appointments as scheduled.

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Will my eyes be bruised after Laser Eye Surgery?
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Everyone is different, but it can be completely normal to have bruising on one or both eyes after LASIK Laser Eye Sugery.

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Will my eyes look different after Laser Eye Surgery?
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No, there is no permanent change in the appearance of your eyes. The day after LASIK surgery your eyes should be white and clear. The healing process can take 4-5 days with LASEK and during this time the eye may appear slightly red.

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Can I eat/drink before surgery?
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Yes, you can eat eat drink before your surgery but we would request that you avoid caffeine.

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Will I be put to sleep during surgery?
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No, you will not be put to sleep during surgery as you will need to be able to follow instructions during the procedure.

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Will I be in pain during the surgery?
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Don't panic! You will have no pain during surgery as you will have anaesthetic drops placed in the eyes, which will completely numb your eyes.

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Why are IOL's only done in Carrickmines?
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We have a brand new state of the art theatre specifically designed for IOL surgery in carrickmines.

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Can I call the clinic directly?
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We have a large number of clinics and patients, and so our call centre is our main hub to communicate with patients. Our team will be able to direct your query to you individual clinic.

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Do I need to buy the drops for after surgery or are they provided?

We provide full aftercare including all drops and protective goggles for you on the day of your surgery.

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When do I need to stop wearing my contacts before surgery?
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If you wear contacts, we would request that you stop wearing them 7 days prior to surgery (for daily disposables), or 1 month prior to surgery (for hard lenses.)

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Why am I only suitable for PRK?
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Your suitability for surgery is based on the outcome of your scans, your prescription and lifestlye.

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Do you provide me with Valium for surgery?
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We do not provide valium. If you are getting your own prescription, please inform the surgery team and do not take it on the day until you have spoken to the surgeon as it can affect your surgery.

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Im suitable for Lasik and PRK. Which is better to have?
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Both procedures have the same outcome/results. The only difference is the the actual procedure and aftercare. There is a slightly longer recovery in a PRK surgery.

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I feel unwell and I am due to have surgery. Do I need to postpone?
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If you are unwell, please get details of all symptoms and contact the clinic in order to dicuss.

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My eyes are still dilated hours after my consultation and even the next day? Is this normal?
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Yes, please do not panic. Dilation can last longer in some people. We recommened that you drink plenty of fluids. Walking or light excercise will also help to metabolise it out of your system quicker.

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What is the code for the Health Insurance? How do I claim?

Laser Eye Surgery is considered an elective procedure and is not covered by health insurance. We have already given you a 15% goodwill discount for being a health insurance member.

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Do I need a MED1 form for my tax back?

Med1 forms no longer exist. You need to fill in your details of payment on your online revenue account which is a very quick and straightforward process.

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I am on medication and due to have surgery. Is that okay?
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If you are on medication, we would request that you get details of the name, start date and dosage of each medication and provide this to the clinic.

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Can both eyes be treated on the same day?
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Due to advancements in Eye Surgery, it is perfectly safe to treat both eyes on the same day. In total, it takes approximately 10-15 minutes to have both eyes treated. If for any reason you would prefer to have your eyes treated separately, we can arrange this for you at no extra charge.

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Am I suitable for Laser Eye Surgery?
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There are a number of factors that may make you unsuitable for Laser Eye Surgery. These include prescriptions stronger than -10 or +5. Having a squint or a lazy eye can also rule you out (Note that laser vision correction can be carried out on some patients with a lazy eye, depending on its severity). For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is necessary to wait until 6 months after finishing. You also need to be over the age of 18.

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What happens at my intial assessment?

Your journey with Optilase begins when you attend your initial assessment. One of our Laser Optometrists will meet with you and spend the next hour thoroughly examining and testing your eyes. You will find out if you are a suitable candidate for laser vision correction, what treatment will be best for your eyes, and how much exactly it will cost. You will not be able to drive after your assessment for at least 6-8 hours.

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How long does the surgery take?
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During your surgery, you will be in theatre for around 20 minutes, though the actual treamtent is much quicker than this. We usually allow roughly 2 hours for repeat scans or preoperative consultation, but you will not be in the clinic for the whole day.

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Why do I have to have a seperate appointment with the surgeon before my IOL surgery?
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You will have a pre-operative consultation with your Surgeon a minumum of 7 days before surgery in order to have any questions answered and your lense type confirmed by the Surgeon.

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How long is my consultation valid for?

Your scans from your initial consultation are valid for up to 3 months.

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Why do I need an eye test before my consultation?

We need to ensure that your prescription is stable in order to proceed with a surgery. Any history of previous exams will be compared to our results on the day of your consultation.

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Am I suitable for surgery if I play sports?
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Yes absolutely. We have many refractive solutions for those who play sports.

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I had Laser Eye Surgery years ago elsewhere and now I need glasses again.
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If you are over 40 and requiring reading and/or distance glasses you can attend Optilase for an IOL Consultation.

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Do you do surgery every day?
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We have surgery frequently, up to 3-4 days a week.

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Do I need to answer many question's in order to book in for a consultation?
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There are quite a number of questions will will ask you at the time of your booking. We do so in order to asses your suitabillity. The consultation takes appoximately 1 hour and we do not want to waste your time if you are likely not a suitable candidate.

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How do I find the Carrickmines clinic?
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We will send you directions ahead of your appointment. You can also find the directions here.

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What technology do you use for the Laser Eye Surgery?
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We use Advanced Wavefront IDesign technology for Laser Eye Surgery in the Republic of Ireland and Schwind Amaris technology in the North of Ireland.

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Will I have to wear glasses after my IOL surgery?
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Lens Replacement Surgery is the closest surgical option available to being glasses free. The majority of our patients after this procedure are glasses free.

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I know someone who had Laser Eye Surgery in their 50's. Can I do this?
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We want to provide you with the most beneficial refractive solution for you based on your scans and lifestyle. We will not recommend a surgery that will not be worthwhile for you.

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Can I give my credit card details online instead of over the phone?

Yes. If you are more comfortable doing so, we can send you an invoice link from stripe in order for you to add your credit card details.

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What is the cost of Eye Surgery?

Laser Eye Surgery is €3,995/£3,695. Lens Replacement Surgery is €7,995/£5,995.

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What is the highest prescription you can treat?
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We can treat up to -10 for Laser Eye Surgery. We treat prescriptions of up to + 15 and - 30 for our IOL Lens Replacement Surgeries.

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What is the age limit for surgery?
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You must be over 18 in order to avail of our surgeries

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Am I suitable for surgery if I have an astigmatism?
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Yes, we can treat patients who have an astigmatism.

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Can I still have surgery if I had a squintor patch as a child?
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We need to determine the level of your squint. We do so by covering the stronger eye and we will then determine if you can see with the weaker eye. If you can't manage then you are more likely an unsuitable candidate for a surgery.

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Can I wear contact lenses before my consultation?

We request that you do not wear your contact lenses for 5 days prior to your consultation.

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Do I need to have an eye test done before my consultation?

Yes, we require an eye test within the last 2 years before your consultation. This is to check if your prescription is stable.

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Do I need to meet my Surgeon ahead of having surgery?

Meeting with your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon allows him the proper time to review your assessment file and determine the specific treatment most suitable for your eyes. This is laid down in the guidelines from the Royal College of Ophthalmology in the UK, which Optilase voluntarily adheres to. It also allows you to ask any more detailed questions regarding your treatment and your surgeon will give final approval for your laser treatment.

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Who performs the Surgery?
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A Consultant Opthalmic Surgeon performs your surgery. You can check the bios of all our Surgeons at this link.

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Can I drive after the consultation?

We advise that you do not drive for 6-8 hours after your consultation. You can walk or take public transport.

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Who performs the consultation?

A Senior Refractive Optometrist perfoms your consultation.

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How long does the consultation take?

It takes approximately 1 hour for a Laser Eye Surgery consultation or 1hour 15 mins for an IOL consultation.

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Is there a charge for the consultation?

There is no charge for your consultation but we do take your card details in the case you do not show up or cancel your appointment with 48 hours notice.

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How many surgeries have Optilase Surgeons completed?

Our experienced surgeons have decades of experience between them, many having completed up to 30,000 surgeries or more during their careers.

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How many Surgeons do you have?

We have many surgeons working for Optilase , you can view their bio's and pictures on our website.

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I am on Eltroxin. Can I have surgery?

Yes if you are on this medication, you are still suitable for surgery. Please book for your consultation.

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