FAQs

Does laser eye surgery hurt?

During laser eye surgery, the patient will be given eye drops containing local anaesthetic. This makes the treatment painless. After the treatment, patients who have had LASIK laser eye surgery may experience a gritty feeling for the first day while the corneal flap recovers. Under these circumstances, patients may experience this discomfort for a few days, however painkillers are provided to minimise any irritation.

Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

Typically, your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon will not perform the lens replacement procedure on both eyes at the same time. Each eye will require a separate procedure, although they can both generally be done within a few weeks of each other.

How quickly will my vision be restored?

Your sight should return a few hours after the operation although it may be blurry for the first couple of days. Vision normally improves quickly over the next week or two, reaching its optimum at 4-6 weeks.

When can I go back to work?

Providing you do not work in a dusty or smoky environment (which we recommend avoiding for around two weeks after lens replacement surgery), you should be able to go back to work after three days, or whenever your eye feels comfortable again.

Will I be able to stop wearing glasses or contact lenses?

The lens used in the procedure can focus at different distances, which could give you clearer close up vision but not all patients will be able to stop wearing glasses or contact lenses for all tasks. 

Will I feel any discomfort during the procedure?

The lens replacement surgery procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and is painless. Afterwards, you may experience itching and mild discomfort; this is normal and should disappear in just one or two days.

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