Eye Surgery Faqs

When opting for eye surgery you are bound to have a number of unanswered questions.  Why not read through some of the most common eye surgery FAQs to see if we can help to answer some of these:

Eye Surgery Faqs

Q. What sort of eye surgery is available?

A.There are many different types of eye surgery.  Surgery is available to correct eye health care issues ranging from glaucoma to cancer of the eye.  Surgery is also available in a cosmetic procedure to restore and improve vision of the eyes.  The most common known surgery is laser eye surgery.

Q. What is the difference between Lasik and Lasek?

A. Lasik is a treatment that combines PRK and ALK surface ablation procedures.   This means that the layers of the eyes are not removed, rather they are cut into flaps and pushed back, and are replaced after the treatment.  With Lasek, lasik and PKR are combined, meaning that only one flap is cut and replaced after the procedure.

Q. I often hear treatment is available from only £395 per eye, should I go for the cheaper option?

A. This is often a form of false advertising, so make sure you research the prices fully.  If you have a very low prescription, you could be able to have the surgery for £395 per eye, but generally, the costs are much higher than that, reflecting the intricacy of the procedure.
Q. Can I get laser eye surgery on the NHS?
A. It depends on what it is for.  Laser eye surgery will only be funded by the NHS if you can demonstrate that it is to prevent blindness.  If you are only looking at laser eye surgery so that you no longer have to wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, the NHS will not fund the procedure.
Q. Are there any risks involved with laser eye surgery?
A. Yes, laser eye surgery is a surgical procedure and there are always risks involved with this type of surgery.  However, overall the procedure has been deemed very safe.  This is reflected in the fact that most laser eye surgery is performed on both eyes at the same time.

Q. How long does it take to recover from eye surgery?

A. In general, laser eye surgery is a quick procedure and recovery is equally quick.  Usually, patients regain full use of their eyes within an hour and will return home as soon as the procedure is finished.  Other forms of eye surgery, in particular the more intrusive ones, can take slightly longer.  This also depends on the level of anaesthetic you receive during the procedure.

Q. Will I remain awake during the procedure?

A. In general, yes.  You will receive some anaesthetic eye drops so you will not have any feelings to your eyes.  Some clinics will also offer you a mild sedative such as Valium to help calm your nerves.  But overall, you will remain fully awake during the procedure.

Q. Can I wear make-up straight after surgery?
A. No.  Most consultants will advise you to not use any make-up for 48 hours after surgery and to not use eye make-up for at least one week after surgery.

Q. How long after the surgery will I be able to drive?

A. Generally, patients are advised to wait at least 24 hours before driving.  If your consultant has told you that it is ok, you will be allowed to have short drives (up to 15 minutes) before this.  This is mainly because your eyes might get tired.