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Laser Eye Surgery FAQs

Is laser eye surgery painful?

The procedure itself is not painful as local anaesthetic drops are used, therefore no injections are administered. The risk of significant pain after the operation is small, but scratchy, red, irritable eyes are common for a day or two after surgery. Painkillers may be required in the first 24 hours after Lasek/PRK.

How long will my eyes take to heal after the laser surgery?

The length of time will depend on the type of procedure; namely Lasek/PRK versus LASIK. Vision improves quickest with LASIK (one to two days) compared to PRK (five to six days). Most people can be back at work three days after their laser eye surgery. Healing time can also be wholly dependent on the amount of rest you have preceding the surgery.

What are the benefits?

A total change of lifestyle for one! Manage your day without spectacle dependence or contact lens hassles. Sporting and recreational activities take on a whole new meaning. Self-image and confidence are also boosted. Ditch your cumbersome and uncomfortable glasses and enjoy a life with no more visual restrictions. The surgical team is eager to provide you with an improved lifestyle. Contact us either by email or telephone if you need further explanation regarding any of the questions on this page.

Are there any risks?

Yes. The only way to avoid risk or complications completely is by not ever having any surgery. Laser refractive surgery is a safe and predictable procedure. Less than 1% of patients develop significant complications. All risk factors will be explained to you by your surgeon and a detailed informed consent form is applicable and must be understood prior to treatment. Throughout our site, you can read more regarding the surgeries in full detail.

Can I dispose of glasses and contact lenses forever?

The goal of refractive eye surgery is to achieve maximal visual clarity in the safest possible way and to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses dramatically and hence improve on your quality of life. Glasses for night driving, reading or fine visual tasks may still be required, depending on your specific situation. Contacts can be worn but are rarely needed. Very few patients will return to their standard lenses ever again.

Can anyone have excimer laser eye treatment?

No. Patients must be over 18 years of age. Certain ocular and general medical conditions must be excluded.

Which refractive errors can be treated?

At present, short-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism can be treated successfully.

Will my medical aid pay for costs?

Laser refractive surgery is an elective procedure. In general, medical aids differ significantly on the matter and each patient will be assessed on individual merit. It is the patient’s own responsibility to get approval from their Medical Aid. If a letter of motivation is required, please ask for one. Medical aid contributions vary from 0% to 80% and are subject to change at short notice.

Can both eyes be operated on at the same time?

If both eyes need require the eye surgery, they can be operated on the same day. In certain special circumstances it may be better to operate on one eye at a time. You specific surgical details for this eye treatment may vary.