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.
Absolutely amazing from the consultation with Aisling in at Athlone to everyone in Ely Place and my surgeon Tom!! Delighted to have my 20/20 free and to be glasses and contacts free!!! Thank you all so much again!!!
Amazing treatment, such friendly and bubbly staff helped take any nerves out of the day, highly recommend 😁
From start to finish, from consultation to surgery and now post surgery, Optilase have been fantastic! Surgery has been life changing! Recommending to everyone!
So happy with my results! There was a very quick turnaround between my consultation and the surgery and they were so flexible with appointment times. There is a lot of waiting around on the day of surgery but once started it’s a very quick process! Would highly recommend to anyone considering!
Very happy so far, was a thoroughly professional experience from the consultation to the surgery to post op checks. Was slightly delayed on day of surgery but all worth it in the end. Would definitely recommend to anyone choosing to go down the laser eye surgery route.
I had laser eye surgery one week ago. It was by far the best decision I’ve ever made. I was extremely nervous about getting the procedure done, so I did get a second opinion on it. The service optilase offers was by far superior than anything else offered by other places. They were always happy to answer questions, and even got my optometrist, Michaela, to call me back to answer questions I had. On the day of surgery, I was in and out within an hour - super quick and efficient. The surgeon was very reassuring as were the whole team. By that evening there was a noticeable improvement in my vision, and by the next morning I had better than 20/20 vision. The precision of my vision now is indescribable: everything is so much clearer and life is just better! By far the best decision I’ve ever made. Thank you Michaela & Team Optilase for all of your help. I would highly recommend to anyone.
The staff were so friendly and helpful and made the whole process very easy. I got emails and phonecalls with all the information I needed and more from when I booked my first consultation until after the surgery. I had LASIK, which was quick and comfortable. My surgeon was kind and thorough and he took the time to chat before and after the procedure. It was all just generally easier and more pleasant than I expected and I’m so glad to have had LASIK here
Absolutely delighted with result, the staff were very friendly and accommodating. They keep you very calm before and after procedure
Best decision I’ve ever made! The clinic in Ely place was incredible- from start to finish you are so well looked after and all the staff are so incredibly nice! Anyone wondering whether they should do it , go for it!! I can’t believe I waited so long!!
The support from the stuff is incredible. They are always willing to help and answer any questions you may have, both pre and post procedure. I had the PRK procedure and although I am only just at the 2 week mark I can say that my recovery will take longer than I expected so that was slightly disappointing. Though I am aware recovery times differ, I was surprised because I was consistently told 2 weeks recovery time.
Amazing staff, couldn’t recommend enough.
Had a brilliant experience at Optilase, 2 weeks from my consultation I was in to get my LASIK surgery after being told I was not eligible in other clinics. The staff were so friendly and reassuring I really felt in safe hands.