10 facts that will help you overcome your laser eye surgery anxiety

12 Mar 2017


First off, let’s clarify one thing: undergoing laser eye surgery is a very big deal for everyone. So whether you’re still considering it or are already booked in and waiting for the big day to arrive, please remember that feeling a range of different emotions is perfectly normal:

You’re human after all and feeling anxious, nervous, worried, and excited all at the same time ahead of any life changing procedure is only to be expected.

But of course everyone is different and as a result, every individual reacts differently and experiences very differing emotions when it comes to undergoing something like laser eye surgery: where some people will bound in the door on the day feeling excited and delighted, others will be apprehensive, anxious, and even a little fearful at the thoughts of what lies ahead.

But whatever way you feel, that’s perfectly fine and furthermore, it’s 100% normal. We should know: having already performed over 40,000 successful laser eye surgery procedures here at Optilase Clinic, we’ve seen it all.

And that’s why we feel we’re well placed to know that these 10 facts that follow will help you overcome your laser eye surgery anxiety:

  1. Over 30,000,000 people worldwide have already successfully undergone laser eye surgery.
  2. The chance of something going wrong is approximately 1000/1!
  3. 96% of patients who undergo Lasik surgery achieve 20/20 vision or better.
    (* American society of cataract and refractive surgery)
  4. Optilase Clinic is Ireland’s leading laser eye surgery clinic:
    We are fortunate to have some of the world’s best Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons, Laser Optometrists and Medical Staff working on the Optilase team.
  5. Optilase is the only laser eye clinic in Ireland to offer a lifetime care guarantee:
    This means we are proud to stand over all our work and honour our commitment to giving the best possible patient care 100% of the time.
  6. The procedure is incredibly quick, takes approximately just 7 minutes per eye:
    That means that in less than 15 minutes of your life you will have 20/20 vision or better and will be glasses free forever!
  7. It’s a painless procedure:
    Your eyes are completely numbed, using anaesthetic drops, and you are offered diazepam to reduce anxiety and relax muscle tension. Post-surgery you may experience some level of discomfort but please be assured that it is discomfort rather than pain, and will last no more than a few days.
  8. You don’t need to worry about blinking, or more precisely, not blinking:
    We put a small eyelid holder under the eyelids to allow the laser to perform the procedure on the eyes without the interference of your natural blink!
  9. The Optilase laser eye journey is incredibly professional and thorough:
    This means that your eyes are our concern right the way through the 4 step journey
    which is as follows:

    • initial free consultation
    • pre-operative consultation
    • surgery day checks and re-checks
    • post operative aftercare checks and full lifetime care guarantee
  10. Optilase clinics are state of the art, complete with world-leading laser technology:
    Our state of the art clinics are designed to put you at your ease and help you relax both before and after your surgery.

In addition, we use the world’s most advanced technology, from the world’s leading eye care providers, because our aim is always to give you the best treatment experience possible.

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Thelma Scanlon
September 23, 2023

Great experience and great after care. Had 2020 vision within 24 hours with very minimal pain.

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September 23, 2023

Amazing experience , amazing staff, amazing eye sight . I had lens replacement 3 months ago and would highly recommend.

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September 23, 2023

I got my laser eye surgery done on April 20th and couldn’t be happier. I had one hard day of recovery, followed by dry eyes for a small while. Sleeping with the protective goggles is the hardest part, but you’re helped throughout the process by experts. I couldn’t recommend this enough and Optilase were a dream to deal with. Even if you can’t afford the treatment now, you can always talk about a payment plan and get the vision you’ve always wanted.

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September 7, 2023

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September 5, 2023

I had my PRK done on both eyes , and im happy with the result. The post operation pain was extreme but it settled down after 4 days. Now i feel great after 2 weeks post operation no complications what so ever , other than blurry vision now and then, but its improving every day

Rebekah Lowry
August 25, 2023

Got LASIK in Ely Place only yesterday and officially had 20/20 vision just 24 hours later! Cannot recommend Optilase enough from my initial consultation with Aisling in Athlone to my trips to Carrickmines and Ely Place. The staff really look after you from the moment you walk in the door and make you feel so at ease from start to finish - 10 out of 10 experience!

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August 21, 2023

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Lisa Simcox
August 21, 2023

LASIK was so easy and pain free. It’s one week post surgery and my eye sight is wonderful. I couldn’t recommend enough.

Declan Wynne
August 21, 2023

I no longer need glasses,absolutely life changing.Great aftercare,lovely staff.

Poliana Oliveira
August 9, 2023

I have been wearing glasses for over 20 years. I always hated wearing contact lenses and I got to a time in my life that I needed a change. A friend recommended optilase, I went for the free consultation and the person that did all the exams was really nice and I felt safe and confident enough to go ahead, I was recommended the PRK. I Put on a piece of paper how much I spent and would still spend on glasses for the next 10 years, and the surgery was for sure cheaper than that. My prescription was very high, both eyes, myopia and astigmatism Optilase provided all the information I needed, in clear manner. And they always made clear that there was nothing wrong with my eyes, it was my own choice to go for the surgery. The day of the surgery I was a bit nervous, who wouldn't? But then, from the reception to the surgeon, they were all so nice and welcoming. Hernandez performed the procedure, lovely surgeon, again all information was provided the way it should. I was instructed in what I should and should not do. The actual procedure took less than 15min, I felt nothing, no discomfort or anything. The whole process is very well done by the team, if I remember well around 3 people supporting the surgery plus one other girl providing pos surgery instructions. Right after the procedure I could already see much better than before without glasses! I couldn't believe it, I cried, thanked everyone and left the clinic knowing that I made the best choice. The recovery for PRK is a bit longer, I stayed for 2 full days no phones, or any screens. In the dark. If you have a little one, I would recommend to have someone minding them, as you are very limited in what you can do for the day of and day after surgery. It is hard to open the eyes, the second day after surgery was the toughest, I thought all went wrong as the vision got worst, but again I was advised it could happen. Note that this was my experience and could be different for other people. The 3rd day I felt nothing and could see much better already. Light sensitivity was very high, and still, 6 days after surgery, but nothing that a sun glasses would not help. My vision still blurred, but I need no glasses to see, my eyes feel dry sometimes, but the eye drops provided helps with it and and am very happy with the results already, even knowing it takes a bit longer to fully recover the vision. I'm back to work (screen at 200% to make sure I dont force my eyes too much) and I have had no headaches or anything, which I would have all the time looking at screens for most of my day. I cannot recommend Optilase enough, they are amazing! If you want to do something for your self and want a place you can trust, go for it, choose Optilase. Thanks to the whole team for one of the best things I did for my self!

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