Is refractive surgery painful?
No. Both laser surgery and surgery with insertion of the phakic intraocular lens are completely painless procedures that are performed under local anesthesia. You may experience discomfort or eye irritation following surgical procedures that implement methods of corneal surface smoothing. This is prevented with eye drops or pain medication.
Is there any information about the long-term results of laser refractive vision correction?
Laser surgeries for refractive vision correction have been performed throughout the world in various forms for over three decades. This procedure is therefore very well researched and long-term results are documented in detail. Many studies have proven that laser refractive vision correction is a safe method that ensures stable long-term visual acuity.
How long does the new vision acuity last?
All studies done to date indicate that your new vision will probably last for the rest of your life. Clinical studies have shown that surgically altered corneal curvature following surgery with the Excimer laser remains unchanged.
What if something goes wrong?
Patients are afraid that something will go wrong during the surgery. But this fear can only be overcome by trusting in the devices we use during surgery and in the surgeon’s work. Reading about the experiences of others who have undergone the same procedure is also helpful.
What if my dioptre won’t be zero after surgery?
Most people who don’t wear glasses don’t have a dioptre of zero. The purpose of laser surgery is to achieve a dioptre that is close to zero, so that the patient does not require glasses. We achieve this in more than 99.9 percent of our cases. If there remains some refractive error after the surgery and this bothers the patient, it is possible to correct it with additional laser therapy, provided that examinations indicate this is safe from a medical point of view.
How long does laser refractive surgery take?
Laser refractive vision correction is a short procedure that takes 10 to 15 minutes. However, you should plan on being at our clinic for approximately two hours on your day of surgery.
How soon after surgery will I be able to see clearly?
The restoration of visual acuity after laser surgery varies from patient to patient. It depends on the type of surgery performed, the time it takes for the cornea to heal as well as on the degree of refractive error. In corrections with the SBK method, most patients can already see clearly on the first day after surgery. Visual acuity following the LASEK procedure takes a little longer, with most patients seeing clearly in three to four days after surgery. Visual acuity completely stabilizes in three months following surgery.
Is it possible to undergo surgery for both eyes at the same time?
In refractive vision correction laser surgery, we normally perform surgery on both eyes at the same time. This allows us to equip you with perfect eyesight faster and also requires fewer visits to the clinic. In the case of surgery with intraocular lens implantation, the patient discusses the possibility of performing surgery on both eyes at the same time with the doctor. With the patient’s cooperation, it is often also possible to carry out the procedure simultaneously on both eyes.
Does health insurance reimburse the cost of refractive vision correction surgery?
No. Refractive vision correction surgery is surgery that is performed on a healthy eye, so it is not covered by health insurance and is entirely self paid.