Scared of Laser Eye Surgery?

02 Jan 2013

Many people are frightened by the idea of laser eye surgery-but the reality is that the procedure is incredibly quick and completely painless. You can book a completely free consultation at Optilase Eye Clinic to discover if you are a candidate for Laser Eye Surgery. If so, there is no reason to be nervous.
One of the most common things patients say after laser eye surgery is “I wish I’d had it done before now”.


Knowledge is Power

It helps to know what to expect, so you won’t have any lingering misgivings. The team at Optilase Eye Clinic will give you a list of information before your surgery, and take the time to answer all your questions.
On the day of surgery, you can ask your Ophthalmic Surgeon any other questions you have; he’s only too happy to put your mind at rest.

Before your Surgery


  • You’ll be requested to stop wearing your contact lenses for a while prior to your surgery; this allows the cornea of your eye to return to its normal shape.
  • Make sure that all eye make-up is removed the day before surgery; any lingering traces of mascara make cause a problem with infection.
  • Ensure you have informed the Optilase team about any medications you’re taking, or allergies you may have.
  • Wear comfortable clothing for your surgery, so you’re relaxed for the procedure.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgery, as well as the first follow-up appointment. Even if your vision isn’t blurry the day after surgery, it’s best to get a lift.

What Happens During Laser Eye Surgery

  • Numbing eye drops will be applied to your eyes before surgery; the surface of the eye will feel nothing during the procedure.
  • A speculum will be used to hold your eyelid open for the treatment; it feels a little odd at first but is not uncomfortable.
  • You’ll be awake throughout the entire procedure, which is actually very swift; only a few minutes.
  • The surgeon will use another piece of equipment called laser keratome, a clear plastic plate to flatten the corneas prior to application of the laser.
  • The laser is specifically programmed for your surgery; it is precision controlled and the computer makes adjustment if you look away or move your eye. There is nothing to worry about; the technology used in Laser Eye Surgery is extremely safe.
  • No stiches are required in Laser Eye Surgery; the cornea repairs itself very quickly
  • You must be gentle with your eyes for the first few days after surgery they will be light –sensitive and your vision may be a little blurry, which is why you must have somebody drive you to the clinic.
  • You will also likely be given what are called “artificial tears” and told how and when to apply the drops. This helps to avoid dry eyes.
Excellent Aftercare

The Optilase Team will give you a list of what to do after your surgery; avoiding strenuous exercise, make-up and bending down for the first 24 hours to avoid any undue pressure or risk of infection.
If you do have any unexpected side-effects or you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact your Optilase team immediately. They will either be able to reassure you or advise you to come and see them right away.
Remember, it is important to keep every single one of your post-operative eye appointments no matter how good you feel or how well you see.
There is nothing to fear about Laser Eye Surgery-why not book a free consultation at Optilase Eye Clinic and discover if you’re a candidate for the procedure. Just call +353 1 223 8821 for the Optilase Clinic nearest you.

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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

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August 25, 2023

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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!

damien mcandrew
August 9, 2023

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

Eve Murphy
August 9, 2023

Surgeon was great! Talked me through everything as the surgery was happening. Bit of discomfort during surgery and very painful for 2-3 hrs after but put more drops in and took a nap and then completely fine after. Colette for my consultation and post op was so friendly and helpful. Overall, great experience.

Josman Ibarra
August 3, 2023

I highly recommend Optilase for laser eye surgery. The process from the initial consultation to the post surgery check ups was quite smooth and professional. The staff working at the clinic was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. The surgery was over in minutes and I didn't feel any pain. The doctor kept an open communication with me during the surgery what made a big difference.

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