How long does it take to recover from laser eye surgery?
Recovery time from laser eye surgery varies depending on the individual and the type of laser eye surgery procedure performed. Recovery after LASIK is quicker than after LASEK. People generally experience improved vision immediately after laser eye surgery, but it may take a few days for the full effects to stabilize. During the first 24 to 48 hours, some discomfort, and light sensitivity are common. Most people can resume normal daily activities within a few days of laser eye surgery, and the majority achieve their final visual outcome within 1 to 3 months. It’s essential to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by Mark Wevill and the team to ensure a smooth recovery and the quickest return to good vision as possible.
What are the disadvantages of laser eye surgery?
While laser eye surgery is generally safe and effective, there are some potential disadvantages to consider. Not everyone is a suitable for laser eye surgery, and certain conditions like high refractive (eye focus) errors, unstable prescriptions, or thin corneas may increase the risk of complications. There are other vision correction solutions besides laser eye surgery such as lens replacement and ICL’s (intraocular contact lenses) which are better suited to some people such as those with high refractive (focus) errors or older eyes. Some people may experience temporary side effects such as uncomfortable or dry eyes, glare, halos, or light sensitivity, which usually resolve over time. In rare cases, more severe complications like infection, corneal haze, or vision loss can occur, though these are exceedingly uncommon when performed by experienced surgeons on suitable candidates and if you carefully follow the advice you will receive after your laser eye surgery.
What happens if you need to blink during laser eye surgery?
During laser eye surgery, it’s important to remain as still as possible. If you need to blink, don’t worry—modern laser systems have eye-tracking technology that can track your eye’s movements and adjust the laser accordingly to compensate for small movements or blinks. This ensures that the laser is precisely directed and focused on the correct areas of the eye during your laser eye surgery. Mark Wevill and the teams are also experienced in dealing with patient movements and will guide you throughout the laser eye surgery procedure to minimize any potential issues.
What is the best age for laser eye surgery?
The best age for laser eye surgery depends on individual factors. Generally, it is recommended for people over the age of 18, as the eyes tend to stabilize in their prescription by this age. There is also no definite upper age limit for laser eye surgery. However, the older you get over the age of 55, the more likely you will be better suited to lens replacement surgery. So, the ideal age for laser eye surgery can vary based on factors like overall eye health, stability of the refractive error, and the absence of any contraindications. You will have a thorough evaluation by Mark Wevill and the team to determine your eligibility and Mark will discuss the potential benefits and risks of laser eye surgery with you. Age is just one of many factors considered during the process of assessment for laser eye surgery.
If you have further questions about LASIK, LASEK or laser eye surgery, please book an appointment at our Birmingham clinic and come and talk to us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and design a personalised treatment plan unique to you, your eyes, your age and your lifestyle.