Frequently asked Questions
How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK/IntraLASIK?
You could be if you are
- Over 18 years old
- Stable spectacle prescription of at least 6/12 (20/40)
- Not pregnant or nursing
Find out now by answering 10 Questions:
Best way is to come to a Surgeon led Consultation
A very thorough 2 to 3 hour consultation with loads of high tech machines checking your eyes from front to back followed by an examination by your surgeon.
Am I too young to have LASIK/IntraLASIK?
If you are 18 or over and your glasses prescription has not changed for at least a year, then you may well be fine. Also if you are in good health and have no serious medical problems.
How safe is LASIK/IntraLASIK?
Laser eye surgery has been around since 1987! Possibly before you were born!
It is approved by the USA's stringent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Getting a good and safe result really depends on your surgeon, where you have the procedure, the environment and the technology used.
Centre for Sight is a reference centre for the laser industry and advise on new developments. This means we are always at the cutting edge!
How long does it take to do LASIK/IntraLASIK?
The procedure is very quick and usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye.
Although quick, you will need to plan to be with us for half a day – to prepare you, perform the treatment, and allow you to recover and be discharged.
How accurate is LASIK?
Very accurate! Our own results - 98% get 20/20 (6/6) vision and 85% 20/25 (6/5) when treated for short-sightedness.
A very small number require a touch up. A centre is considered good if their touch up rate is 5% or less. Ours is 1%.
When will I be able to drive?
All going well - the next day. You do need to check to make sure you can read a car number plate at 25 yards.
Does Lasik/IntraLASIK cause night vision problems?
Not with customised treatments for each eye and more modern lasers that perform “Aspheric” treatments. Look at a good camera lens and it might say “Zeiss Aspheric or Leica Aspheric”. Aspheric technology provides good optics and we strive to give the cornea the best possible optics for each eye.
How long will the effect of LASIK last?
This is usually permanent. Some might change if their prescription was not stable at the time of the procedure. Although very uncommon, a retreatment can be performed many years later if needed as long as there are no changes in the crystalline lens of the eye and the prescription has remained stable.
What are the possible complications?
Centre for Sight surgeons have performed laser eye surgery since 1991 and Lasik since 1995, so very experienced and also successful! Safety is our top value and avoidance of complications is our main focus. So choosing patients well is vital which is why that first consultation is so important.
Like all operations, there is a remote possibility (1:10,000) of infection or severe inflammation following surgery. We prevent this by using strong medications before, during and after the procedure. Unlike other centres, we use a separate set of instruments for each eye.
Other possible complications include: Under or over correction, corneal flap healing problems, discomfort, dry eye, transient hazy vision, sensitivity to light, glare at night and loss of best corrected vision. Centre for Sight monitors these conditions as a quality standard and glad to state that these conditions have been rare in those who have been treated.
Our surgeons at Centre for Sight regularly see patients from other centres to treat complications. In the very rare event that any problems do occur, you can be reassured by the fact that you are in the hands of experts who are considered amongst UK's leaders in Laser vision correction.