Cork Independent Article by staff reporter.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Sick of seeing nothing when you wake up in the morning and scrambling around for your glasses or contacts? Sick of sitting down in the cinema or to watch a match and you realise you have forgotten your specs? Cork’s leading laser eye clinic, Optilase, is urging more Cork people to say goodbye to their glasses once and for all in 2011 and say hello to corrected vision.
Laser eye surgery is becoming an increasingly attractive option for people who want to be free from glasses or lenses.
Given the current economic situation, Optilase are finding that more and more Cork people are realising the benefits of laser eye surgery and investing in their vision. Thousands of Irish people open their eyes to this life-changing surgery every year with thirty million worldwide having opted for the treatment.
Apart from the financial burden of contact lenses and glasses, the inconvenience and the lack of self-confidence that some spectacle and contact lens wearers suffer are reason enough to want a change. The procedure itself only takes a few minutes and recovery is very quick with the majority of patients ready to return to everyday life after 48 hours. Clinical outcomes show that 100 per cent of patients achieved driving standard or better, with 95.6 per cent achieving 20/20 vision three months after the treatment.
Susan Nagle a patient of the Cork Optilase clinic stated;
“I had surgery on last September, things couldn’t have gone better. Better than 20/20 vision the day after surgery. Procedure was painless and staff were fantastic. Three months on and I can’t believe the difference. Everything is so clear. Aftercare is brilliant with Optilase. I should have got surgery a long time ago.”
The team at Optilase are amongst the most experienced and qualified in the world. Optilase’s Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons have treated in excess of 40,000 patients. The company invests heavily in training and ensures their staff are up to date with the latest industry developments. In order to deliver the best possible patient outcome, they use the latest VISX STAR S4 IR excimer laser, which is the most precise laser technology in the world according to FDA clinical outcome results. Optilase also offers the revolutionary ‘blade-free’ IntraLase technology, which has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients.
Unlike other clinics, Optilase schedule a pre-operative consultation with a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to ensure that a patient is 100 per cent suitable for the treatment before progressing. The clinic also offers a lifetime care guarantee so if a patient’s vision regresses and laser eye surgery is needed in the future, there is no extra cost.
Dr Crewe Brown, leading Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with the Optilase clinic said, “for many, the idea of laser eye surgery is a daunting prospect and at Optilase we are committed to the highest level of patient care and attention. We pride ourselves on using the most advanced technology for our patients. Our team is comprised of the world’s leading Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons and Laser Optometrists and the attention to pre-treatment and post-treatment care is second to none. Our treatments are so successful that the patient often wonders why they didn’t do it sooner!”
Keith Wilkinson, Managing Director of Optilase added:
“At Optilase our number one priority is patient care. We pride ourselves on offering the most advanced technology at extremely competitive prices. We are continuously developing our service and look forward to opening new clinics this year as the demand for laser eye surgery continues to grow”.
The cost of laser eye surgery varies depending on a patient’s prescription; however prices start from as little at €495 per eye. Optilase patients are eligible to claim 20 per cent tax back after their laser eye treatment. The Optilase clinic in Cork is situated on Opera Lane, off Patrick’s Street and is open seven days a week including late nights. For more information, or to find a clinic near you call 1890-301302 or visit www.optilase.com.