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Laser Correction Surgery by Maple Eye and Laser Center

Laser Correction Surgery

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Whether you have been wearing glasses or contacts for a long time, or if you have only just started, having less than perfect vision can be extremely expensive and inconvenient. However, there is now another option. Laser correction surgery is one of the most commonly performed elective treatments in the world today, and it is estimated that there have been more than 32 million procedures performed worldwide.

​​​​​​​What is laser correction surgery?

Laser correction surgery aims to reduce the dependency on glasses or contact lenses by correcting vision using laser technology. The process uses a cold, high-precision beam that has been pre-programmed to reshape the cornea. It does this by removing a microscopic layer of it, thus altering its curvature. This changes the focussing power of the cornea, which in turn shifts the focus of the incoming light to the retina, correcting the vision of the patient. The whole process should take no more than 15 minutes per eye.

Risks of laser correction surgery

One of the biggest concerns that patients have regarding laser correction surgery is whether or not it poses any risk to their sight. However, the procedure is now safer than ever before and the risks are extremely low. However, all medical procedure have some risk of complication and these can include mild complications such as hazy vision, dry eye and problems with night vision, to more serious complications like corneal bulging or epithelial growth. The likelihood of severe complications is very rare.

Is laser correction surgery painful?

Another worry for many potential laser correction patients is whether or not the surgery is painful. In short, no, the procedure itself is painless, but your eyes may feel uncomfortable and gritty for a few hours after the surgery while they adjust. Your eyes should feel back to normal within 24 hours of your procedure.

Your consultation

Before you can have laser correction surgery you will need to have a consultation. This is a very important meeting as it will help to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the surgery, and help to you find out more about the benefits, risks and cost involved, before you push ahead with the procedure.

Your consultation usually takes around two hours, and will involve administering eye drops which can make your vision blurry and light-sensitive. We recommend you bring sunglasses with you, and possibly arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home or back to work after your consultation.

After your surgery

Your surgery can take around two hours including post-treatment time, and you will not be able to return to work the same day. Depending on the extent of your treatment and your reaction to it, you may be able to return to work the following day, but you should ask for a recommendation based on your personal circumstances. You should also ask for specific guidance with regards to resuming driving, swimming and sporting pursuits.

Depending on the extent of your treatment, our specialist will probably recommend between 5 and 6 follow-up appointments. These will normally take place over the course of around 4 months after your surgery, and once these have been completed you will be discharged. Contact us for more details about laser correction surgery.