A comprehensive study carried out last year by Bayer found that 56% of Irish people wear glasses, while a further 8% chose to wear contact lenses, meaning that almost two thirds of the population has an eye condition that requires corrective lenses.
The compiled data also discovered that 32% of glasses wearers have being doing so for over ten years.
Glasses and contact lenses are used to treat the most common eyesight problems in Ireland, which are also known as refractive errors.
Refractive errors relate to how light bends in the eye and if the natural shape of the eye causes light to bend inaccurately, a refractive error is present and vision appears blurred.
At Optilase, Laser Eye Surgery is Ireland’s most popular alternative to glasses or contact lenses as the procedure offers those with refractive errors, life without lenses.
Short sightedness or myopia is one of the world’s most common eyesight problems that is can be corrected with Laser Eye Surgery at Optilase.
Short sightedness affects distance vision so that objects far away appear out of focus.
The cornea which is a clear, transparent layer at the front of the eye is often too curved in those with short sightedness.
When light enters the eye, the cornea bends light too sharply causing is to land in front of the retina at the back of the eye.
Long sightedness or hyperopia affects near vision making it difficult to read or focus on fine detail at close range.
Usually present at birth, the condition worsens after the age of 40 when the lens loses its ability to change shape.
Long sightedness can be caused by a cornea that is too flat which results in light landing behind the retina.
Laser Eye Surgery increases the gradient of the cornea so that light lands directly on the retina and clear near vision is established.
Astigmatism is a condition that is often present alongside short or long sightedness, but it can also be effectively treated with Laser Eye Surgery.
The natural shape of the cornea should be spherical, resembling a football, but in some instances it can develop in an oval shape, like a rugby ball.
In this instance, astigmatism is present and incoming light rays are dispersed in the eye causing them to land on various focal points at the back of the eye.
I could not rate high enough, consultation was extremely informative and the staff were amazing, very friendly and answered all my questions with ease.
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
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 .
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
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!
I highly recommend this place, reliable information and care, full professionalism.
LASIK was so easy and pain free. It’s one week post surgery and my eye sight is wonderful. I couldn’t recommend enough.
I no longer need glasses,absolutely life changing.Great aftercare,lovely staff.
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!
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
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.
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.