See the World in a New Light with Optilase

13 Apr 2012

Ireland’s Leading Laser Eye Clinic

Optilase has changed the lives and improved the vision of thousands of Cork people


If you’ve endured eyesight problems requiring you to wear glasses or contact lenses, Optilase, Ireland’s leading laser eye clinic, offers a pain-free solution in the form of laser eye surgery, that will have you seeing the world in a new light in as little as 24 hours.


Those who have undergone treatments at Optilase’s state-of-the-art premises at Opera Lane, Cork, often wonder why they waited so long to bid a final farewell to the headaches and expense associated with eyeglasses and contact lenses.


Life-changing is a term often used by those who have undergone treatment at Optilase, which is staffed by a leading, experienced medical team.


After treatment at Optilase, patients will have a whole new lease of life, free of the worries and headaches associated with eyewear. You’ll no longer have to worry about getting prescription sunglasses for holidays, or worry about contact lenses for playing sport, and those concerns about ‘dry eye’ arising from wearing contact lenses throughout your working day and after-work socialising, will be a thing of the past.


Against a backdrop of spiralling prices for glasses and contacts, Optilase estimates that people with eyesight problems will spend £25,000 on glasses and contact lenses over their life­time.
In comparison, laser treatment starts from just €495 per eye, with further savings to be made from to the 20% tax relief that is available for laser eye surgery.


It’s reliable too, with all treatments carrying a Lifetime Care Guarantee that, in the unlikely event of a patient’s eyesight regressing after surgery, provides free aftercare and remedial treatment. For complete peace of mind, Optilase also operates a 24-7 aftercare advice line for patients.


The medical team at Optilase Cork is headed by resident consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Dr Conall Hurley, from Cork; and includes laser optometrists Marie O’Keeffe FAOI and Dan O’Brien FAOI; clinic manager, Louise Carty, also from Cork; and a dedicated medical team.


Dr Hurley, fully registered on the Specialist Registers of the Irish Medical Council, qualified from University College Cork School of Medicine in 1984 and started his career in Ophthalmology in 1988. He is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading surgeons.


Treatments available at Optilase include Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), the most common procedure, commonly known as IK. Laser-Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy (LASEK) is available for patients for whom IK is not suitable. EK has a faster recovery time, with little or no post-operative discomfort enabling clients to resume normal activities within 48 hours.


Both involve the use of an advanced VISX Star S41R laser, the most precise laser technology in the world.


The actual procedure takes just a few minutes per eye. Laser eye surgery uses a cool beam “Excimer” laser to gently reshape the cornea. The laser is entirely painless, with one patient likening to an eye test! P atients are usually required to rest for half an hour or so in the clinic afterwards, before going home to sleep for a few hours. Upon waking, the patient’s eyesight will be sharper and improve with each day and of course the benefits are life long!


Optilase not only offers a convenient solution, but also does so in a manner that could not be more accessible.


Optilase Cork is within easy access of all major transport links, while its opening hours (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; and Sunday, 11am-6pm) mean that consultations, surgeries and after-care can be provided around clients’ commitments.


Visit or call +353 1 223 8821 for information.

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Patient Reviews

Holli Burgon
September 18, 2023

I could not rate high enough, consultation was extremely informative and the staff were amazing, very friendly and answered all my questions with ease.

Roisin Byrne
September 15, 2023

I had a wonderful experience in Optilase in Ely Place, the staff were so kind and helpful and made me feel really comfortable. Would absolutely recommend

PAULA Moriarty
September 7, 2023

Couldn't rate Optilase high enough. I had Lens Replacement Surgery. My experience from the first phone call to the procedure itself and the aftercare was fantastic. All of the staff from the call centre to the staff in Carrickmines and the theatre were so helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend .

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

Rebekah Lowry
August 25, 2023

Got LASIK in Ely Place only yesterday and officially had 20/20 vision just 24 hours later! Cannot recommend Optilase enough from my initial consultation with Aisling in Athlone to my trips to Carrickmines and Ely Place. The staff really look after you from the moment you walk in the door and make you feel so at ease from start to finish - 10 out of 10 experience!

Kate Oto
August 21, 2023

I highly recommend this place, reliable information and care, full professionalism.

Lisa Simcox
August 21, 2023

LASIK was so easy and pain free. It’s one week post surgery and my eye sight is wonderful. I couldn’t recommend enough.

Declan Wynne
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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