Lorna McGinn Q&A for Optilase blog

23 Nov 2016


Irish Journalist and Opsh gal, Lorna McGinn, recently underwent life-changing laser eye surgery treatment with Optilase. We sat down with Lorna to chat with her all about her Optilase journey and how it feels to have 2020 vision.
As an in-demand top journalist, you’re pretty busy 24/7. What gave you the push to get Laser Eye Surgery?
I’ve always struggled with my eye sight and as I got older, I began feeling more and more reliant on my glasses. From driving in the dark to trips to the cinema, seeing blurry outlines was becoming all too frequent - which proved pretty scary for passengers in my car as you could imagine! I knew that getting laser eye surgery was a priority for me but I had never fully put enough research into what getting it would look like. After seeing how dramatically the lives of friends and family member’s changed when they got it really gave me that push to just go for it.

What was the main difference you noticed after getting Laser Eye Surgery at Optilase?

That I could see the menu above the counter in my coffee shop beside the office. Seriously! You don’t wake up the following morning feeling miraculously different. Your eyes are still quite blurry, you feel a tad bit groggy but it’s really when you get back to your day-to-day life (within 48 hours I might add), you start to notice things on your morning commute or your afternoon commute which makes you take a step back and say, wow!

Many people get a bit nervous about the treatment. Did you have any preconceptions about Laser Eye Surgery before getting it done? And how did the reality of that stack up to your expectations?

I had heard many rumours - as I’m sure others do - about how you can smell the burning of your eyes during the surgery. Believe me, this is absolutely not true - it’s a load of scare mongering. The process itself was quick, painless and easier than I could have ever expected. The staff were so friendly and the surgeon was completely reassuring. If eye surgery clinic’s had star ratings, Optilase would get 5 from me.

Did it hurt? Be honest!

Not in the slightest!

How did you find the aftercare process?

Immediately after, your eyes feel quite irritable but I did exactly as the staff told me to do. Use the eye drops and go straight to bed. The following morning the irritability was completely gone. I was strict with myself in using the eye drops (3 different types per day), which completely sped up the healing process.

Do you find that Laser Eye Surgery has made your life easier?

My life, the lives of others around me, the lives of passengers in my car - yes, yes, yes. It’s completely changed everything about my life! It’s amazing how quickly you get used to it too - having 2020 vision that is - but then you’ll come across something you used to have to squint to see and you’ll be amazed all over again.

And finally, now that you’ve tried it out yourself - would you recommend Optilase to our readers?
In a heartbeat. I can’t express enough how simple the procedure was, how brilliant, friendly and informative the staff were and how much it has changed my life.
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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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Great experience all tound from start to finish. Every step explained in great detail. Eyesight was better than 20/20 the next day. Would highly recommend using optilase for laser eye surgery

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