LASIK FAQs

A: If you are over 20 years of age, have had a stable prescription for over 12 months and have good general and eye health, then you are most probably suitable for laser eye surgery. Of course, you will need a thorough assessment with our team to confirm your suitability.

A: Once you have had your initial examination with our laser technician, we will be able to confirm the cost of the laser eye surgery best suited for you. Remember that laser eye surgery is more affordable than you may think. Ask us about our interest free finance terms to make things even easier.

A: The LASIK procedure typically takes only 15 minutes per eye. The actual time that the laser is applied is only 60-90 seconds per eye. You will need to have someone drive you to the practice on the treatment day and take you home afterwards. You and your driver should plan to spend about an hour to an hour and a half at Auckland Eye from start to finish.

A: No, the laser procedure itself does not hurt. Anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eye and a sedative tablet is offered to help you relax. If you are having LASIK, slight pressure may be felt during the procedure. For three or four hours after surgery, most people’s eyes will feel scratchy, watery and uncomfortable. If you have had PRK, this feeling may last for a few days. Your surgeon will give you medicated drops and lubricants to ease the discomfort and help the cornea heal.

A: After LASIK, prescribed eye drops are used for 1 week. Artificial tears are usually required for a month or so following LASIK. After PRK, drops are used for a longer period.

A: Most people are able to legally drive on the day after LASIK surgery. Occasionally, glare or residual blurring may make a person feel unsure about driving so soon after LASIK. Sometimes, night driving may be more difficult for a few weeks due to glare. If you had PRK, your vision will take longer to settle so check with your surgeon.

A: Most people will be completely pain free and have good vision on the day after LASIK. Because you will need a check with your surgeon, this should be a planned day off. Most people will be able to return to normal work on the second day after LASIK surgery. Occasionally people may need a longer period off work (fewer than 5%), mainly those having PRK.

A: We recommend you avoid swimming for 2 weeks and contact sports for a month following LASIK surgery.

A: Not when pregnant. The hormonal changes in the body can lead to fluid retention that can cause swelling of the cornea and affect how your eye responds to treatment. We recommend that you wait until you have stopped breastfeeding to have laser eye surgery due to the medications you will need to use post laser.

A: No, we cannot guarantee perfect results from the surgery because each eye responds slightly differently. However, experience from previously treated people allows us to estimate the probability of your achieving perfect vision. With low amounts of myopia and astigmatism, 98% of people will achieve perfect or near perfect vision.

With moderate amounts of myopia 85% of people will achieve perfect or near perfect vision. People with higher amounts of myopia and astigmatism also have a very good probability of achieving good vision but with a significant chance that glasses or contact lenses will be needed at times, or that further (enhancement) surgery may be required to achieve a full correction.

A: Yes, surgery is safe, but as with any surgery, laser eye surgery has potential risks that you must be aware of. Though complications can arise, they are rare and will be discussed with you well before committing to surgery.

A: Results have shown that after the completion of the healing process the results gained will be permanent. There are rare cases where blurring of vision may recur. In most cases, this happens after many years and is a result of progression of the process of myopia, which can occur naturally in any person. This could be expected in around 1-2% of treated people.

A: Yes, this is essential to achieve an accurate result. The use of contact lenses may alter the natural shape of soft lenses should be left out for seven days and hard (rigid gas permeable) lenses should be left out for one month per decade of use prior to the initial assessment.

A: No, as long as the eye and in particular, the cornea is healthy. After the age of 45 the eye’s ability to do the extra focusing work needed to see for reading or close work gradually diminishes. Many people start to need reading glasses at this age and this requirement for reading glasses is not prevented or fixed by laser eye surgery.

This means that even if you have surgery, you will probably still need reading glasses from age 50. Our experienced team will take this into account and will be able to advise you about the best refractive option for your situation and vision requirements, whether this is LASIK or possibly something else such as a lens replacement procedure.

A: Auckland Eye doctors are often asked if they would have laser eye surgery themselves. There was an interesting study done in United States of America. It was carried out to find out how many eye surgeons who perform laser vision correction (refractive surgeons) would actually get it done themselves and recommend it to their immediate family members.

This survey was based on 250 surgeons with a 99.2% response rate (248 out of 250 responded) and here’s what it found: Refractive surgeons know more about refractive surgery than anybody and are very critical when it comes to risks and benefits; 107 surgeons from this group were suitable for laser vision correction and 96% of them had actually had the procedure done; 95% were completely or mostly satisfied with their outcomes; Overall more than 90% had recommended laser eye surgery to adult members of their immediate family. So this study showed that refractive surgeons were significantly more likely to have the procedure in their own eyes than the general public. So, if laser eye surgery is good enough for eye surgeons, it’s good enough for you, right?

A: Yes, we have ample free parking available at both our Remuera and Takapuna clinics, including dedicated mobility car parks.

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