Laser Eye Surgery - where to start and what you need to know...

26 Feb 2021

Procrastination is something that many of us suffer from - whether it’s something you do before going to the dentist, having a minor procedure looked after or suffer from before taking the final steps to start something life changing like Laser Eye Surgery, you’re in good company. But when it comes to your sight, there really is no excuse to suffer with glasses, contacts and bad sight - what if now was the time to stop thinking, research more and finally make up your mind one way or the other? Optilase are Ireland’s No.1 Private Eye Clinic, and for the past 20 years they have been the most trusted eye surgery provider in Ireland.

Has Lockdown made you notice just how bad your sight is, or yearn more for a lifestyle free of glasses, contacts and constant care that comes with bad vision? The team at Optilase have unsurprisingly seen a surge in the number of potential patients calling to find out more about Laser Eye Surgery during Lockdown as people might have a little more time on their hands to think about essential services like Laser Eye Surgery. So if you’re interested in booking a free consultation with their team, or have thought about having the treatment soon, there really is no time like the present. Call the team at Optilase today!

And as the most trusted private clinic network in Ireland, it’s fair to say that they know a thing or two about how Laser Eye Surgery could really change your life.

So, if you’re ready to learn more about the popular procedure and find out if you might be ready for the positive change that Laser Eye Surgery will have on your sight and on your life in general, then read on. Optilase has all the info you need on where to start and on what you need to know.

Start at the start - what you need to know about Laser Eye Surgery
More than a little hesitant about the surgery? Don’t be, with more than 20,000 people in Ireland and the UK opting for Laser Eye Surgery each year and 30 million people around the world successfully treated, it’s one of the most common elective medical procedures.

So just what is the procedure, and when might you need it? Well, Laser Eye Surgery can be used to correct reading impairments in ageing eyes – a condition known as presbyopia. It can also be used to treat long-sightedness, short-sightedness, and astigmatism. Anybody over the age of 18 is a potential candidate for treatment and there is no upper age limit. In fact, there have been patients in their 90s who have been successfully treated. It really is a very effective surgery as 20/20 vision is attainable after your procedure - so is there a catch? Well the answer is no, but you do need to be a suitable candidate. But don’t fret - while it’s true that not everybody is suitable for Laser Eye Surgery, around 80% of consultations for the surgery are successful, which is very encouraging. So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to find out more!

Before and after your surgery
It’s only natural to have some concerns going into any type of surgery, but let us reassure you that you are in the best hands possible when you have your Laser Eye Surgery with Optilase.

A good way to alleviate any pre-surgery jitters is always to determine what part of the journey makes you feel the most anxious, something that you can discuss when you come to Optilase for your free consultation.

But what exactly happens at your free consultation? Well first of all it’s a chance for you to address any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure, but also a great chance for you to get to know the team who will be looking after you and get a little more comfortable as you learn more about the process. A Laser Optometrist will carry out a series of eye examinations to determine your suitability, and then will explain in detail the processes involved, answering any questions you may have. The whole assessment takes about one hour to complete.

The team at Optilase want every patient to feel prepared and knowledgeable about their procedure after the consultation, but don’t worry if you have any further questions you can have a chat with your surgeon at the next meeting which is the pre-operative consultation.

After meeting with your Surgeon - you are ready to go. Worried about a long and complicated surgery? Don’t be. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out that it usually takes an Ophthalmic surgeon about three to five minutes to treat each eye, depending on the treatment method selected. Optilase’s highly trained surgeons use the industry's leading technology, ensuring a fast procedure in the hands of some of the World’s best eyecare teams.

But just what can you expect after surgery? Phillip McGlade, CEO of Optilase tells us, first of all not to worry about the appearance of your eyes after surgery, ‘It’s a common known myth that the appearance of your eyes can be different after surgery. This isn’t the case. The day after surgery your eyes should be white and clear and overall the healing process can take 4-5 days - during this time your eye may appear slightly red at times, but don't let that alarm you it’s perfectly normal and is only temporary.’

But what can you expect next - and just what can you do to help your sight in terms of aftercare? Phillip says that it’s important to let your eyes settle for up to a month after surgery, ‘For most of our patients, it takes one or two days for their new improved vision to settle. However, we do advise you to rest your eyes properly for the month following surgery. Good aftercare is vital but don’t worry, our medical team will explain everything about our aftercare programme. ‘

Believe us when we say that at Optilase, you’re in the best hands possible. The team will give you a post-operative information pack containing eye drops and a schedule of when to take them. This will also include our 24 hour patient helpline number should you need any more information.

The Optilase Lifetime Care Guarantee
Lifetime Care Guarantee is something that money can’t buy. It’s peace of mind, and continuous care all rolled into one. Optilase offers a free Lifetime Care Guarantee as part of their ongoing commitment to patients and will provide you with a thorough aftercare programme for the 12 months following your Laser Eye Surgery procedure. Depending on individual cases, this may contain an average of four post-operative appointments to attend throughout the year.

After the first year of check-ups, you’ll be discharged from our aftercare programme, but don’t be a stranger – Optilase’s doors are always open if you’re ever unsure of anything or have any questions regarding your treatment.

Learn more at Ireland’s No.1 Eye Clinic today
If you’re looking for eye surgery but don’t know where’s the best place to get it, look no further. With years of experience, treating thousands of patients across Ireland, we’re certain that you won’t find a better eye surgery provider than Optilase across the Island of Ireland.

Since 2003 Optilase has been well known as Ireland’s most trusted Private Eye Surgery Clinic, performing over 40,000 eye surgeries since its inception in the market - making it a household name that’s not only well known, but is also well thought of and trusted.

Optilase are a proud, family-owned Irish business and are privileged to have some of the world’s leading Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons, Laser Optometrists and Medical Staff working on the Optilase team, all of whom are focused on providing the very best laser eye treatment available, using the latest and most sophisticated technology.

And as the leading Laser Eye Surgery providers in Ireland, they will have all of the answers to the questions you may have.

Get in touch with the team in Optilase today
Optilase has Clinics, all over the Island of Ireland, including four Clinics in Northern Ireland.
For more information on Optilase and to book your free consultation +353 1 223 8821 now, and we promise - it will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make!

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