Is the procedure painful?
No. Prior to the procedure eye drops are placed in the eyes to anaesthetise them. A slight pressure is felt from the device placed on the eye whilst the femtosecond laser creates the flap, taking approximately 15 seconds. Femtosecond LASIK is not labelled a painful procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
The laser treatment itself on average, takes 15 seconds, whereas the entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes for both eyes.
How long before I can go back to work?
You may resume work the following day after surgery depending on the field of work you are in, the procedure you have and how comfortable your eyes feel. If you work in a dusty or dirty environment it is recommended you take a further 2-3 days off work.
How long before I can drive?
You are not to drive until the doctor has advised you to do so. At your first post-operative visit your vision will be assessed, at this appointment you will be advised as to whether it is safe for you to start driving again. Typically, patients can drive the following day after surgery.
When can I start playing sports?
It is recommended that you avoid contact sports for 4 weeks after surgery. Non-contact sports such as golf and tennis can be resumed after one week. Swimming can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery.
When can I start washing my hair?
You can wash your hair after surgery, although it is not recommended you put your face under water for at least one week and do not rub your eyes.
When can I start wearing makeup?
You can wear eye makeup one week after surgery.
When can I fly after surgery?
It is recommended you avoid flying for one week after surgery.
Will, I have dry eyes after surgery?
You may experience dry eyes after surgery, which is usually alleviated with drops and generally disappears over time. However, if dry eyes are persistent you may require long term use of drops or other forms of treatment, such as insertion of plugs into the drainage system of the eye.
Will my night time driving be affected?
Some patients may experience problems with driving at night, such as starbursts or haloes around lights in the initial months after surgery. However, with the advanced technology used today, these issues are minimal and usually subside over time as the eyes heal.
Will the surgery be permanent?
Yes. Usually 3 months after your surgery the eye will have completely healed, the vision stabilised giving permanent results. The surgery will permanently modify the shape of the cornea to reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses.