FAQ about Laser Eye Surgery, Laser Vision Correction, Laser Sight, Lasik, Lasek, PRK and Eyes

Does Laser Eye Surgery hurt?

Before you are accompanied to the Laser Room – and a changed life, we will give you a mild oral sedative to help you relax. We shall also put anaesthetic drops in your eyes.

There’s no pain at all during a Laser Eye Surgery procedure, although at times you may feel a light touch or gentle pressure on your eye, which can be slightly uncomfortable for a matter of seconds.

During the first few days after your Laser Eye Surgery, usually there is only minor pain or some discomfort. We give you oral medications and anesthetic eye drops to make your Laser Eye Surgery as comfortable as possible. Most patients say that everything was much easier than they expected.

What are the odds of eliminating my glasses after Laser Eye Surgery?

Overall, more than 99.9% of patients will see well enough without glasses to pass a driving eye test after Laser Eye Surgery. 96% will have 6/7.5 or better vision without glasses and more than 90% will have 20/20 or better vision without glasses or contacts. The general rule is: more accurate results will be obtained in people who require less treatment.

These results are very impressive, but it is impossible to tell you exactly what your results will be. No guarantees can be made about the outcome of laser eye surgery in any individual case, because each person responds in a slightly different way. Avoid any Doctor or Clinic that promises you a specific result, because that simply is not possible.

The quality of vision after laser eye surgery vision correction is usually superior to vision with contact lenses or glasses. Patients generally have less glare than they had with contact lenses, and of course the inconvenience and discomfort of contact lenses is eliminated. Side vision isn’t blocked, as it is with glasses, and there is no longer the problem of dirty, wet or scratched glasses.

Want to know more? Click here to book online your Free no Obligation Laser Vision Assessment at Medownick now. You have got nothing to lose but your glasses or contact lenses.

How long will it take to see my final result after Laser Eye Surgery?

Usually by the time you come for your first post operative appointment you will have better than driving vision, although it could take a little longer in some cases. Every patient heals at a different rate. Visual acuity improves over a period of a few weeks, but you already can enjoy your natural vision.

Your vision will continue to improve with the final visual results being realized within a a few days to a few months.

What if I move during the Laser Eye Surgery?

Patients worry about this a great deal, and their fear is unnecessary. Everyone moves during the Laser Eye Surgery procedure. The ultra fast ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q eye tracker follows the fastest eye movements within only a few milliseconds. Also, we can instantly stop the laser eye surgery treatment whenever we want. There is virtually nothing you could do with your eyes during your Laser Eye Surgery to compromise your laser eye surgery, or put you at risk.

What if I blink during the Laser Eye Surgery?

Don’t worry about blinking or any other accidental movements. The eye is held open by a device known as a retractor, which doesn’t usually hurt. The laser tracks your eye many hundreds of times a second, following it and compensating for your eye movements. There is virtually nothing you could do with your eyes during the Laser Eye Surgery to compromise your laser eye surgery, or put you at risk.

Are all lasers for laser eye surgery the same?

Absolutely not! We use the AllegrettoWave Eye-Q Excimer Laser. We obtain very accurate results with this Laser. Whereas the Visx and LadarVision Lasers have enhancement rates around 10%, the enhancement rate with the AllegrettoWave Eye-Q is 2% to 5%. With a repetition rate of 400 Hz and a very small flying spot size of 0.8 mm, this Laser provides ideal conditions for highly precise treatments.

Our Laser System is the newest and the fastest Laser System in Victoria. It is also the fastest Laser system in USA. Please watch our illustration Laser Speed.

It customizes every treatment to the patient’s individual prescription and cornea while aiming to improve what nature originally designed. Wavefront Optimized™ treatment considers the unique curvature and biomechanics of the eye, preserving quality of vision and improving night vision. The ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q delivers outstanding results, with less risk of side effects. It utilises PerfectPulse Technology™ which ensures safe and precise work at high speed. Each ultra-thin laser pulse is used to sculpt the corneal surface of the eye with the utmost accuracy. The high-speed eye-tracker follows the eye’s fastest movements. It all makes the ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q one of the safest, most effective optical lasers currently available.

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Will I be able to see during Laser Eye Surgery?

During the Laser Eye Surgery procedure you will be able to see light, although your vision may be slightly blurred.
You will be able to see a blinking green light on which you will focus your eyes.

You do not see any manipulation or scary instruments near your eye during your Laser Eye Surgery.

Will there be any pressure to have Laser Eye Surgery while I attend the initial consultation?

No. We do not put pressure on anyone to have Laser Eye Surgery or any other refractive procedures. In fact, we have declined to treat patients who we feel are not ready for treatment, even after finding them medically suitable for Laser Eye Surgery.

Laser eye surgery is an elective procedure and there is no need to have it done sooner than later. The sooner one has the procedure, the sooner the benefits will be realised, but only the patient can make this decision. Our goal at the initial screening, and in fact throughout the entire patient process, is to give you as much information as required to make an informed decision about Laser Eye Surgery and your eyes.

Can I lose much vision from Excimer Laser Eye Surgery Treatment? Will I go blind?

This is the most important concern that patients have. Our thorough patient screening process minimises any risk, and following laser eye surgery, your eyes are carefully monitored and treated for as long as it takes for them to settle down. Fortunately, serious or long term complications are extremely rare. There is a greater chance of infection from your contact lenses than from Laser Eye Surgery. Over 40 countries are currently using Laser Eye Surgery. There have been more than 30 million laser eye surgery treatments performed worldwide. Results for all countries are similar and consistently positive. There is no single case of blindness reported in Australia. None of our patients have ever lost much of their vision from laser eye surgery. Even if it were to occur, the vision could usually be restored by an additional surgical treatment. Our state-of-the-art ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q Laser ensures you get the most possible precise outcome. Dr Medownick, who performs all Laser Eye Surgery treatments at our clinic, is a genuine pioneer of Laser Eye Surgery in Australia. Dr Medownick concentrates his practice exclusively on Laser Eye Surgery. He has perfomed more that 18,000 Laser Eye Surgery Corrections.

If I don’t get a full correction, will I be able to have a repeat Laser Eye Surgery to improve my vision?

Very small number of our patients return for an Enhancement Laser Eye Surgery procedure. These patients have had a dramatic improvement in their vision, but have not achieved a full correction. At your Free No Obligation Laser and Eye Assessment we will discuss chances of an Enhancement Laser Eye Surgery procedure in your particular case.

Our fee covers any Enhancement Laser Eye Surgery procedure that you might require in the first 2 years following your initial Laser Eye Surgery.

We provide a lifetime of aftercare. If you ever have any worries about your vision, we want you to get in touch – whether it’s a month after your laser eye surgery, a year, or 20 years. And you can come and see us as often as you need to, no matter how long ago you had your laser eye surgery. It could be ageing process of your eyes, your frustration with your reading or multi-focal glasses or development of cataracts. In most cases there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for your yearly eye exams.

What about the long-term results of my Laser Eye Surgery? Will my eyes deteriorate in the future?

Excimer laser eye surgery treatment was first performed in 1988. Extensive testing has been performed around the world by many different sources and it has been conclusively determined that there are no long-term health problems to the eye from these procedures. There is a very rare condition called keratectasia in which myopia can return. This can be accompanied by a reduction in visual quality. There can be a stretching of the cornea in the months following Laser Eye Surgery that results in a return of myopia and astigmatism, but this is when inappropriate surgery is performed upon inappropriate eyes. We do our best to ensure this never happens. Read on what will you experience at Medownick? One of the most rigorous screenings anywhere.

Can Astigmatism be treated with Laser Eye Surgery?

Yes. It is a common misconception that Astigmatism cannot be treated with Laser Eye Surgery.
This is not the case – most people with Astigmatism respond very well to Laser Eye Surgery. We have corrected with Refractive Eye Surgery up to 14 dioptres of Astigmatism (average 1-3). Our Laser has got a very good track record in treating Astigmatism. Most of our patients can see clearly without glassess or contact lenses after Laser Eye Surgery.

I am frustrated with my reading glasses. Can I have Laser Eye Surgery?

We have a few different ways to reduce or eliminate your need for reading glasses with our Excimer Laser. In just minutes you can turn back the clock, and free your eyes.

One of the options to treat Presbyopia is called Monovision. Monovision involves adjusting one eye for distance vision and one eye for near vision. Politicians commonly use Monovision with contact lenses. People over 40 years old can get Monovision with Laser Eye Surgery or with Low Stress Refractive Lensectomy .

During your Free Laser Eye and Vision Assessment we will discuss the various options available to reduce or eliminate the need for your reading glasses and we will help you to pick the best option for your eyes and your lifestyle.

To discuss any aspect of your Vision or Laser Eye Surgery to reduce or eliminate your need for reading glasses, call us on 1800 DR EYES
(1800 37 3937) to talk to one of our Patient Care Team now or Contact us Online.

Can I go away on holiday or travel by air immediately after Laser Eye Surgery?

We suggest that you wait at least 1 week before flying domestically and 2 weeks flying internationally after your Laser Eye Surgery.
The air conditioning used in aeroplanes can lead to dry and irritated eyes, causing discomfort.
When you do fly, use lubricating eye drops to retain moisture in the eyes.

In terms of holiday restrictions, the main thing to be aware of is avoiding the water. You must wait 2 weeks before going in the water. Any body contact sports should be avoided or anything which may cause you to rub your eyes.

You should avoid UV light exposure for a few months after Laser Eye Surgery to obtain optimal results. It means you should always wear protective sunglasses while outside and avoid skiing and surfing during this time.

Other than that, there is nothing to prevent you from enjoying a holiday and your natural Vision after Laser Eye Surgery.

Read on How Can I help my healing after Laser Eye Surgery .

Do I need to wear an eye patch after the Laser Eye Surgery?

No, but you will be asked to wear a clear protective eye shields for the first 4 nights after Laser Eye Surgery. Some patients may wear a protective contact lens for a few days to promote healing.

Will scars form from the Laser Eye Surgery?

Corneal Healing Haze occurs to some degree with all patients, particularly during weeks six to eight following Laser Eye Surgery. This is usually controlled by increasing the dosage of eye drops. It causes few, if any symptoms, and is becoming much less common with our more advanced laser surgery techniques. These extremely faint scars cannot be seen except with a microscope and usually have no effect on your vision.

Will the Laser Eye Surgery cause cataracts, or influence the treatment of cataracts?

Laser Eye Surgery does not cause cataracts and does not affect the removal of cataracts.

If I don’t get a full correction, will I be able to wear contacts after Laser Eye Surgery?

Very rarely, patients do not get a full correction after Laser Eye Surgery and will want to wear contact lenses. The general rule is: if you could wear contact lenses before Laser Eye Surgery, then you should be able to wear them afterwards.

Is it better to treat both eyes at the same time or each eye on different days?

This is entirely up to the patient, as it depends to a large degree upon your schedule and what makes you feel most comfortable. Most of our patients choose to have both eyes treated on the same day with Laser Eye Surgery.

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Am I a good candidate for Laser Eye Surgery?

You should wear glasses or contact lenses, be aged 18 or over and have healthy eyes. A free assessment will
determine if you will be suitable for Laser Eye Surgery.

Some people should definitely not have Excimer Laser Eye Surgery. These include:

  • People who are very happy wearing glasses or contact lenses. They have no need for the procedure.
  • People under 18 years old. Their nearsightedness is probably still increasing.
  • People whose refraction is significantly changing. Refractions often continue to change through the teenage years into the early twenties. At least two years should pass without a significant change. (A significant change is one-half diopter or more.)
  • People who insist upon a perfect correction. A perfect correction is possible but cannot be guaranteed.
  • Women who are pregnant or who are breast-feeding. Hormonal changes will often cause temporary changes in your nearsightedness.

So, should you consider Laser Eye Surgery? First of all, only if you are not in any of the above categories. Second, you must have Nearsightedness (Myopia), Farsightedness (Hypermetropia), Astigmatism (Blurred Vision) or their combination. You may have Presbyopia as well. Presbyopia can be corrected through a Laser technique known as Monovision or by a Multi-Focal procedure called ReFocus Vision Correction. Third and last, you must want to be free of your glasses or contact lenses enough that you are willing to invest the time, energy and money to understand and undergo the Laser Eye Surgery procedure.

The results of Laser Eye Surgery are very impressive and many of our patients are enjoying better than 20/20 vision, but it is impossible to tell you exactly what your results will be. No guarantees can be made about the outcome of Laser Eye Surgery in any individual case, because each person responds in a slightly different way. If you will only be satisfied with “perfect” vision without glasses after laser treatment, then please do not have the eye surgery. Avoid any doctor or clinic that promises you a specific result, because that simply is not possible.

Your suitability for Laser Eye Surgery, and the best technique for your individual case, can best be determined through a personal consultation. We provide an extensive Free No Obligation Consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery, and to discuss the pros and cons of each technique in terms of your individual situation. Want to know more? Call Medownick Laser Clinic now on 1800 DR EYES (1800 37 3937) or book your Free no Obligation Laser Vision Assessmen online today. You have got nothing to lose but your glasses or contact lenses.

How safe is Laser Eye Surgery?

When performed by an experienced surgeon, Laser Eye Surgery treatments are safe. Like any laser or surgical procedure, these treatments are subject to complications, but serious or long term complications are extremely rare. You have much greater chance to have a car accident on your way to work than to have a serious complication from Laser Eye Surgery. The complication rate is much lower when your Eye Doctor is very experienced and is specialising exclusively in Laser Eye Surgery, like Dr. Medownick. Most complications can be corrected through eye drops or a repeat procedure.

In order to decrease the risk of complication, we at the Medownick Laser Clinic take many steps to ensure the most accurate results. We monitor and control the temperature and humidity in our laser room, which improves the accuracy of our results. We employ state of the art equipment. Our Laser has PerfectPulse Technology to give you most precise results. Our ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q laser is capable of treating very large optical zones to ensure your good results and improved night vision.

One of the more important steps to avoid complication is in the rigorous testing of our patients. We will perform a most thorough evaluation; some important measurements will be performed two or more times, and will be further repeated if necessary.

At the Medownick Laser Clinic, we will only perform Laser Eye Surgery on you if we believe that we can obtain an excellent result. More than 30% of the patients that come to us for Laser Eye Surgery are advised not to have the procedure, because we believe they are less than ideal candidates for Laser Eye Surgery.

Our thorough patient screening process minimizes any risk, and following laser eye surgery, your eyes are carefully monitored and treated for as long as it takes for them to settle down.

We will discuss risks and benefits of Laser Eye Surgery in great detail in your particular case during your Free No Obligation Consultation. Knowing your eyes in fine detail means lower risk and better results. So we never rush the Screening Process.

By far the most common complication is under-response or over-response. In the case of an under-response or over-response, the vision will be dramatically better, but a small amount of focusing error still remains. Further laser treatment, known as an “enhancement” or a “touch-up”, can then be used to improve the vision further by decreasing the remaining nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. There is no additional fee for “enhancement” procedures if performed during the first 2 years after your initial treatment. Enhancements are performed on a very small percentage of our patients. We will discuss your chances of an enhancement procedure at your Free Assessment.

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What are some potential risks of Laser Eye Surgery?

At Medownick Laser Clinic, we won’t take unnecessary risks with your eyesight. We will only perform your treatment if we are confident that we can improve your vision.

The majority of our patients find that they have recovered significantly by the day they see us for their first post operative appointment.

However, there is a possibility that you may experience some side effects such as dry eye, glare, haloes, or reduced night visual quality.
Most patients will find that these side effects will subside within 3 months after Laser Eye Surgery, although it may take longer in some cases.

By far the most common complication of Laser Eye Surgery is Under-Correction or Over-Correction.

For more information on this see Possible Side Effects after Laser Eye Surgery.

Will my vision be corrected forever? Is Laser Eye Surgery permanent?

In the vast majority of cases, once the cornea has been changed it remains permanently modified after Laser Eye Surgery. There can be rare occurrences of regression in the first three months, which can be corrected with an enhancement laser eye surgery procedure. Near vision will, however, deteriorate in all people during their forties. This deterioration is called presbyopia and occurs in all people regardless of whether they were short-, or long-sighted, had astigmatism or started with normal vision. A Laser Eye Surgery cannot protect you from unrelated eye conditions such as cataract or unexpected refractive error change that would have occurred without the Laser Eye Surgery Procedure.

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Can Laser Eye Surgery be used following Cataract Surgery or Multi-Focal Vision Correction?

It may emerge that you also have a high or difficult refractive error with your eyesight, that may respond to Excimer Laser Vision Correction.

We use Excimer Laser Vision Correction if you do not wish to use glasses for distance vision (you will most likely still require glasses for reading unless you have ReFocus Multi-Focal procedure).

If this occurs, a diagnosis and specific laser treatment will be discussed in detail with you, but understand, we shall only recommend a combined treatment if we feel that the predictability of outcome can reasonably match your own expectations. Usually, Laser Vision Correction is performed 3 to 4 weeks after Low Stress Cataract Surgery or ReFocus Vision Correction.

Want to know more? Click here to book online your Free no Obligation Laser Vision Assessment at Medownick now. You have got nothing to lose but your glasses or contact lenses.

Is Laser Eye Surgery tax deductible? What is the cost of Laser Eye Surgery?

A tax rebate was available to any taxpayer whose net medical expenses (for themselves or their dependants) in the year of income exceed $2,000. The amount of rebate was  20% of the excess over $2,000 and was paid by the Australian Tax Office as part of the taxpayer’s income tax return assessment.

Medical Expenses include payments made to registered medical practitioners, dentists, orthodontists and opticians. Also included are payments made to public or private hospitals in relation to an operation or illness.

The Net Medical Expenses Tax Offset is repealed from 1 July 2019.

For 2014-15 income year Taxpayers will be eligible to claim Tax offset only if they have received an amount of the Net Medical Expenses Tax Offset in both 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 income years. The Tax offset is subject to income testing.

There is no claim in this category for 2015-2016 and beyond

Please consult your accountant for exact details in your particular situation and what will the cost of Laser Eye Surgery in your case.

To discuss how we can improve your Vision with Laser Eye Surgery or to find what will be the cost of Laser Vision correction in your particular case, call us FREE on 1800 DR EYES (1800 37 3937) to talk to one of our Patient Care Team now or Contact us Online for your free laser eye surgery assessment today.
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Is Laser Eye Surgery Cost Covered by Major Health Funds?

Major Health Funds now cover part or full cost of your Laser Eye Surgery Procedure if you have top cover.

BUPA,  MediBank Private, Defense Force and some other funds cover the cost of Laser Eye Surgery.

To discuss how we can improve your Vision with Laser Eye Surgery or to find what will be the cost of Laser Vision correction in your particular case, call us FREE on 1800 DR EYES (1800 37 3937) to talk to one of our Patient Care Team  now or Contact us Online for your free laser eye surgery assessment today.
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Which Procedure Gives Better Results: Lasik, IntraLasik or “Lasik without a flap”?

In the hands of an experienced Eye Surgeon the final vision is pretty much the same with each of these variations of Laser Eye Surgery. While there is a difference in the recovery times, our main concern is which technique will be the safest technique for your particular situation. We believe “Lasik without a flap” or Advanced Laser Surface Ablation (ALSA) gives patients better quality of vision. With ALSA there is much less reported cases of Dry eye syndrome and there is no flap complications. It has been performed since the early 90’s, and very significant improvements have taken place over the years. Advanced Laser Surface Treatment is becoming more popular each year, as doctors understand that for certain groups of people it is the safest choice.

We are here to answer your questions. We want to ease your concerns and to help you make an informed decision about Laser Eye Surgery and your eyes

Every body is unique and different. We invite you for a free no obligation assessment, so we can test your eyes and tell you whether your eyes are suitable for Laser Eye Surgery, what procedure they are suitable for and what exactly we hope to achieve in your case and how much it will cost. Book your Free Laser Vision Assessment at Medownick online now. You have got nothing to lose but your glasses or contact lenses.

Do I need to bring old prescriptions to my screening for Laser Eye Surgery?

Many patients have asked if they need to bring past prescriptions to the initial screening for Laser Eye Surgery. While past prescriptions are helpful, we do not rely on these to plan your treatment, and will always perform our own tests based on our screening protocol.

Browse How we can help your eyes to gain more insight into the treatments offered at Medownick Laser Clinic or contact one of our Patient Care Team online now for more information.

What are the differences between screenings at Medownick Laser Eye Surgery Clinic and at other Eye Surgery Clinics?

We perform one of the most thorough and rigorous screenings for Laser Eye Surgery anywhere in the world. The following are some factors we have deemed important to usually include in your initial FREE assessment.

  • Discovering your uniquely personal needs – our Patient Care Team is responsible for gathering the necessary information that makes you unique, in terms of your most important priorities, and your life and work style as they relate to laser eye surgery.
  • Measuring the uncorrected vision you may have, and your vision as corrected by prescription glasses or contact lenses.
  • Measuring the size of visual error in each of your eyes in order to determine the amount of correction required.
  • Measuring your pupil size with certainty in dim and room light. Night vision will be discussed with you.
  • Analysing your eyes with a wavefront aberrometer.
  • Imaging your corneal topography and thickness using the most up to date methods – this is one of the most important safety factors in laser eye surgery (along with front and back surface topography). We obtain two parameters to optimise the safety of surgery: The thickness at the thinnest point in the cornea and the shape of the 3D thickness profile of the cornea. We obtain multiple measurements of the central corneal zone, and record the thinnest measurement.
    The Pentacam provides a thickness map of the cornea, which is essential for determining that the thickness profile of the cornea is normal.
  • Measuring your eyes with the IOL Master.
  • Measuring the ability of your muscles to align your eyes.
  • Examining your eyelids and associated membranes to see if they interfere with your cornea, and whether or not they properly regulate tear flow.
  • Measuring your tear flow to find out whether your eyes have enough tears.
  • Measuring intra-ocular pressure.
  • Testing how you may benefit from Laser Vision. If you are over 40, our optometrist will perform a Laser MonoVision simulation in order to provide you with this option as a potential treatment plan.
  • Dilating your eyes to optimise treatment – Manifest and Cycloplegic measurements are used to base calculations for treatment. We obtain both measurements of every eye for optimal treatment planning.
  • Examining the lenses in your eyes to check for clouding (cataracts), and other abnormalities.
  • Examining the back of your eye, including the retina, optic nerve and blood vessels, in order to check for any eye or systemic disorders.

Book your Free Laser Vision and Eye Assessment at Medownick online now. You have got nothing to lose but your glasses or contact lenses.

Find out if you are suitable for Laser Eye Surgery at the Medownick Laser Eye Surgery Clinic today.

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