West Perth Ophthalmology    

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23, May 2024


How do I know if I am suitable?

You will need to have a consultation were we will check the general health of your eyes and your refraction.

How long does LASIK last? Is it permanent?

Yes, laser surgery permanently alters the shape and focus of your cornea. It takes 3 months or more for your vision to completely stabilize after the procedure but most of the change happens in the first month. After this you should not be aware of any change in distance vision.
The effect of LASIK surgery does not wear off but your eyes can continue to change with age.

How long does the surgery take?

The surgery itself takes about 10 minutes per eye but you will be with us for about 90 minutes.

What if I move my eye during the laser treatment?

The Excimer laser has an infra red eye tracking system which adjusts the laser for follow any slight eye movements. This ensures the laser treats only the correct area of your eye. The eye tracker stops laser treatment if your eye moves outside the treatment area.

How soon will I be able to see clearly after LASIK?

You will be able to see your surroundings immediately after the treatment. Within 6 hours your vision will become quite clear.

When can I drive?

You should wait until your visit the day after surgery to be advised when you can drive.

When can I go back to work?

Most people require two days off work: excluding the day of surgery. Some patients may require longer, and a medical certificate is provided.

It may take a few weeks to feel completely comfortable with prolonged reading or computer use. Excessive computer work or reading, especially in air-conditioning, may make your eyes more sensitive. You may find that you tire more quickly, or cannot concentrate for as long as usual, while you are getting used to the changes in vision.

Dusty or dirty environments should be avoided for at least one week to allow the eyes time to heal and reduce the risk of infection.