Over the past 15 – 20 years, huge advances in technology have allowed millions of people around the world to have laser treatment for their vision problems.
Laser vision correction involves reshaping the cornea, the front surface of the eye. Most people have vision issues and are dependent on corrective eyewear because there is something wrong with the shape of their corneas.
If a cornea is not as close to a prefect sphere, the light entering the eye doesn’t get bent (refracted) evenly and doesn’t end up focusing nice and neatly on the retina the wall at the back of the eye.
Instead, the light gets bent in a few directions, and the image projected onto the retina is a blurry one. Problems with the shape of the cornea, whatever they may be, are called refractive errors – problems with the bending of the light to form a clear image.
Laser eye surgery essentially shaves minute pieces off the cornea to improve its shape; this helps to focus the light rays all together on the retina. The concept is a relatively simple one, but your eyes are as individual as fingerprints.
There are limits to the degree of each condition that can be treated with the laser. If your prescription falls outside the “treatable” range for laser surgery, alternative surgeries may be suitable.
Fundamentally, the cutting of a flap or not.
In LASIK: a thin layer of the cornea is lifted back after being cut with. At Optilase, we use a high-energy laser to cut this flap, called a ‘femtosecond’ laser.
Then, another type of laser, called a ‘cool-beam excimer’ laser is used to reshape the internal cornea. After the tissue has been reshaped, the flap is replaced in its original position and heals quickly.
LASEK surgery is used when someone has quite thin corneas and it’s too difficult to cut the little flap. Instead, a thin superficial layer of corneal cells is removed, using a specialised alcohol solution. Unlike in LASIK, there is no “flap” created.
The cornea is then reshaped with the ‘cool beam’ excimer laser. After laser treatment, the eye covered with a bandage contact lens to allow it to heal.
The methods used and the degree of reshaping depends entirely on the patient – every eye is utterly unique. Your Optilase Optometrist and Ophthalmic Surgeon will review you very carefully, mapping out the eye and programming all of its tiny details into a computer.
The information they glean will help them to determine the best surgery for you to ensure optimal results.
To book a free consultation at Optilase and discover if you are a candidate for laser eye surgery, call +353 1 223 8821.
Great experience and great after care. Had 2020 vision within 24 hours with very minimal pain.
Amazing experience , amazing staff, amazing eye sight . I had lens replacement 3 months ago and would highly recommend.
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.
I could not rate high enough, consultation was extremely informative and the staff were amazing, very friendly and answered all my questions with ease.
I had a wonderful experience in Optilase in Ely Place, the staff were so kind and helpful and made me feel really comfortable. Would absolutely recommend
Couldn't rate Optilase high enough. I had Lens Replacement Surgery. My experience from the first phone call to the procedure itself and the aftercare was fantastic. All of the staff from the call centre to the staff in Carrickmines and the theatre were so helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend .
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
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!
I highly recommend this place, reliable information and care, full professionalism.
LASIK was so easy and pain free. It’s one week post surgery and my eye sight is wonderful. I couldn’t recommend enough.
I no longer need glasses,absolutely life changing.Great aftercare,lovely staff.
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!