1. What are the costs of the various refractive procedures?
The cost varies depending upon the type of treatment. Financing options are available that make refractive surgery quite affordable.
2. What are the potential benefits of refractive surgery?
There are numerous potential benefits for patients who undergo either LASIK, LASEK or PRK. Almost all of these advantages are associated with reduced dependence on eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. While the use of eyeglasses and/or contact lenses can be an effective method of correcting refractive error, it is also a method than can place restrictions on normal, everyday activities.
Reduced dependence on corrective lenses can result in considerably more freedom for patients with active lifestyles. Many recreational activities, such as water sports or contact sports, tend to be much more enjoyable when the necessity of wearing glasses or contacts is removed. In some cases, patients choose laser eye surgery for professional purposes, rather than recreational ones. Corrective lenses are not permitted in all fields of employment.
For contact lens wearers, laser eye surgery can also eliminate the time and effort involved in cleaning, removing and replacing lenses. In addition, over time, the costs associated with maintaining and replacing corrective lenses can be prohibitive. Some eyeglass wearers also cite cosmetic or aesthetic reasons for wanting to undergo the procedure.
The reasons for contemplating laser vision correction will be different for every individual. For those who have required corrective lenses throughout most of their lives, the simple prospect of being able to drive without wearing glasses or contacts, or of being able to wake up and see without putting on glasses or contacts, may be sufficient reason in itself. The potential benefits, like the potential complications, can vary, and should be considered carefully. The patient is the only person who can decide whether the benefits of laser eye surgery outweigh the risks.
3. Why is refractive surgery so expensive?
The treatment and measurement devices used at the Emmetropia Mediterranean Eye Clinic incorporate the very latest technology. The Emmetropia Mediterranean Eye Clinic places the utmost importance on maintaining its diagnostic and surgical equipment on the cutting edge of technology. In addition, surgeons utilize a separate sterile set of disposable equipment for every eye having surgery. This includes two separate sets of sterile surgical instruments, blades, and ancillary equipment for every patient having surgery on both eyes. This double sterile technique affords the very highest level of patient safety available, a critical issue in the refractive surgical setting.
4. Am I suitable for refractive surgery?
In order to be suitable for refractive surgery there are certain requirements: You must be at least 18 years old and the degree of your refractive error must be steady for at least a year. There should be no chronic disorders of the retina or cornea or other ophthalmological illnesses or inflammation. If you are a woman, refractive surgery is to be avoided during pregnancy or nursing. The pre-operative check will determine whether you can be subjected to laser treatment in the event that you fulfill all anatomical and optical conditions.
5. How long does the procedure take?
The laser treatment itself usually takes less than a minute, while the entire procedure takes around 15 minutes.
6. During surgery what type of anesthesia is used?
Anesthesia is in local form. Drops of local anesthetic are applied to each eye at the beginning of the procedure.
7. Will a person´s vision remain stable long after the procedure?
The result of laser surgery lasts a lifetime. In some cases, there may be a slight relapse* resulting to slightly vision. In these cases, the patient undergoes a corrective procedure. Nevertheless, most patients undergo a single operation.
* Also, at the age of 40, presbyopia appears, which is a normal wear on the lens of the eye, which reduces our ability to adapt to near-distances. In this case, eyeglasses are given for close vision or the possibiliy of surgery for presbyopia is explored.
8. Are both eyes operated at the same time?
Some patients may prefer to have each eye done on different days. In most cases, however, both eyes are done on the same day. This avoids the period of imbalance that occurs if one eye still needs correction while the other one doesn´t.