The A-Z of Eye Surgery from Optilase, Ireland’s top Private Eye Clinic

12 Mar 2021

Ah good vision, just more proof that youth really is wasted on the young! If you’ve been suffering with bad eyesight, or are interested in looking after your sight as you get older then it’s a good idea to find out a little more about what’s available to you when you decide to take the next step.

Open throughout Lockdown as an essential service, Optilase are Ireland’s No. 1 Private Eye Clinic, with Clinics throughout Ireland they are renowned for their expertise and care, and boast a team of Ophthalmic medical staff who are experienced and highly trained in bringing you and your vision, the best of results.

So let’s get started, whatever you need in terms of eyecare, Optilase can help. Here’s a quick run through the A-Z of what a trip to Ireland’s No.1 Eye Surgery Provider can bring to your life today.

Need Eye Surgery? Optilase, Ireland’s No.1 Private Eye Surgery provider has all the answers

Laser Eye Surgery
If the amount of time reading, working, studying or just catching up on Netflix during the pandemic is reinforcing the fact that you’d like to learn more about Laser Eye Surgery, or it’s something that you’ve thought about for a while then and there really is no time like the present. Laser Eye Surgery really is life changing, and waking up to the best vision you’ve ever had is something you can’t put a price on.

Hesitant about the surgery? Don’t be, with more than 20,000 people in Ireland and the UK opting for Laser Eye Surgery each year and 30 million people around the world successfully treated, it’s one of the most common elective medical procedures.

So just what is the procedure, and when might you need it? Laser Eye Surgery can be used to correct reading impairments in ageing eyes – a condition known as presbyopia. It can also be used to treat long-sightedness, short-sightedness, and astigmatism. Anybody over the age of 18 is a potential candidate for treatment and there is no upper age limit. In fact, there have been patients in their 90s who have been successfully treated.

It really is a very effective surgery as 20/20 vision is attainable after your procedure - so is there a catch? Well the answer is no, but you do need to be a suitable candidate. But don’t fret - while it’s true that not everybody is suitable for Laser Eye Surgery, around 80% of consultations for the surgery are successful, which is very encouraging. Now’s the time to find out more!

Having a cataract can be frustrating and debilitating, in fact many people suffer greatly for some time before deciding that the next step is to have surgery to regain normal, clear vision. Is now the time for you to think a little more about the advantages of Cataract surgery? If your thought process is still unsure then maybe it’s time to get some facts on the popular surgery before you go any further.

So just what are cataracts? Essentially they are cloudy patches in the lens, which is the transparent structure at the front of your eye. They can make your vision blurred or misty and can develop in one or both eyes, and often one eye can often be more affected than the other.

They can appear when you are in your 40’s or 50’s, and usually start to affect your sight when you are in your 60’s, in fact Cataracts are generally age-related. But they can also appear if you’ve had radiation treatments, diabetes, corticosteroid medications or any type of eye trauma.

Think you might be suffering from Cataract? There are many simple signs and signals to tell you that you may have a Cataract. To start with you might be experiencing subtle changes to your vision, such as loss of contrast sensitivity or a loss of colour perception. This basically means that you may notice that colours are beginning to look faded and dull, and also that you have trouble seeing in low-contrast situations, for example at night.

As with any change in your vision the best way to find out for sure is to visit your Optician or local Optilase Clinic who will examine your eyes and give you a full breakdown of your sight.

Reading Vision Correction
Having problems with your eyesight lately? Struggling with your near vision or find yourself squinting or having problems with fine print? As we get older we can lose the sharpness of our near vision, causing problems with clarity of fine print up close which can be very troublesome and debilitating. These symptoms might mean that everyday tasks like reading the newspaper or a text might become a little more difficult. If this is the case for you, then you might agree that life is too short to not find solutions to problems like these.

So what’s the solution? Well the good news is that if you do suffer with near vision problems, Reading Vision Correction might just be the answer.

If you are over the age of 40 wearing reading glasses, the problem is usually related to the lens of the eye. As the eye ages, the lens becomes hard and loses its gel-like flexibility. The muscles surrounding the lens also become weaker and as a result the eye cannot focus on fine print. If this is the case with your sight, then Reading Vision Correction is the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Some patients are not sure if they need Laser Eye Surgery or Reading Vision Correction, and that’s ok too. The team at Optilase will bring you through a free consultation to assess your sight, and this will determine the type of treatment or surgery your sight needs. Optilase also offers combination procedures whereby they can correct problems relating to the cornea and reading vision problems using a combination of Laser Eye Surgery and Reading Vision Correction treatments, if your individual sight problem needs this treatment.

Aftercare with Optilase
Having Eye surgery can be truly life changing, and in the aftermath there’s so much to look forward to - great vision, no more of the inconveniences that glasses and contacts can sometimes bring either as well as a new found confidence. But what about your post surgery aftercare? This topic often weighs heavy on patients, but don’t worry Optilase has got you covered.

Once you’ve had your surgery, it’s time to relax and let the Optilase medical team
explain everything about the aftercare programme. Believe us when we say that at Optilase, you’re in the best hands possible. The team will give you a post-operative information pack containing eye drops and a schedule of when to take them. This will also include our 24 hour patient helpline number should you need any more information.

Optilase offers a free Lifetime Care Guarantee as part of their ongoing commitment to patients and will provide you with a thorough aftercare programme for the 12 months following your procedure. Depending on individual cases, this may contain an average of four post-operative appointments to attend throughout the year.

After the first year of check-ups, you’ll be discharged from our aftercare programme, but don’t be a stranger – Optilase’s doors are always open if you’re ever unsure of anything or have any questions regarding your treatment.

Call Optilase today
Optilase is Ireland’s favourite Private Eye Surgery provider for good reason. Open during lockdown, its opening hours are flexible, and their experienced medical team are only on the other end of the phone to chat to you about any vision concerns you may have.

Once you express an interest in a service you’ll be given a free eye assessment with a Laser Optometrist who will thoroughly examine and test your eyes. And, from there you will meet with your Surgeon to discuss the next steps of your journey to better vision. Optilase pride themselves on providing a thorough, one to one experience for every patient.

Location, location! The good news is that with Clinics all over the Island of Ireland, you’re never far away from Optilase. Call us today for more information and to book your free consultation on +353 1 223 8821 now, and we promise - better vision and a whole new exciting world is only around the corner!

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Patient Reviews

Thelma Scanlon
September 23, 2023

Great experience and great after care. Had 2020 vision within 24 hours with very minimal pain.

Amanda Mulligan
September 23, 2023

Amazing experience , amazing staff, amazing eye sight . I had lens replacement 3 months ago and would highly recommend.

Mr. O’Flynn Education
September 23, 2023

I got my laser eye surgery done on April 20th and couldn’t be happier. I had one hard day of recovery, followed by dry eyes for a small while. Sleeping with the protective goggles is the hardest part, but you’re helped throughout the process by experts. I couldn’t recommend this enough and Optilase were a dream to deal with. Even if you can’t afford the treatment now, you can always talk about a payment plan and get the vision you’ve always wanted.

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!

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