FAQ – Vision Correction

WHY SHOULD I USE MELBOURNE EYE CENTRE ?

We don’t say that we are the best as there are many excellent centres in Melbourne to have vision correction. We do however believe that we are equal to the best.

We are not corporate owned and we don’t have a big budget television and radio marketing campaign. We don’t pressure you to do anything but instead tell you the facts and let you decide what to do.

We are more concerned with being safe and having happy patients who will tell their friends about us.

We have been around for over 13 years and can point you to many of our happy patients if you need reassurance.

WHAT DOES IT COST ?

The cost of vision correction procedures depends on which procedure you have and varies considerably. To get an exact quote please call us and ask.

WHY DO YOU WEAR GLASSES?

This the most common question I get when people meet me. The simple answer is that not everyone is suitable for vision correction and I am one of those.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRK AND LASIK?

This is covered in the section on Lasik but in a nut shell, Lasik involves creating a corneal flap with an intralase laser, performing the correction and then putting the flap back. PRK on the other hand does not involve creating any flap but instead the correction is applied directly to the cornea.

One is not better than the other and each have their place. Once we assess you, we will advise you which is better for you.

Lasik gives you more immediate gratification with good vision almost straight away and with much greater comfort. PRK on the other hand takes longer to get good vision and can be uncomfortable for some days.

WHAT IS INTRALASE ?

Laser vision correction is a two step procedure. Firstly a flap is created and then the laser vision correction is performed. The flap can be created with a blade and many centres still do this but Intralase has largely replaced the blade instead creating the flap with another laser. As a laser is far more precise than a blade, the flaps are superior. This is usually refereed to as ‘bladeless’ surgery

WHAT IS iLASIK AND DO YO OFFER IT ?

iLasik is NOT a new or different technique. It is simply the combination of conventional Intralase with a particular brand of lasik laser called Customview. Thus it is it a bit of an advertising gimmick.

The Lasik procedure with iLasik is NO different to Lasik with any other brand of laser.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A CANDIDATE ?

The section on Lasik covers this in more detail but briefly the ideal candidate for laser vision correction is an individual at  least 21 years of age or older and with otherwise healthy eyes. Your vision should also be relatively unchanged over the last year.

People  who are highly short sighted or far sighted may not be suitable for LASIK but may be suitable for other vision correction methods.

People with certain medical conditions are not candidates for laser vision correction.

CAN I HAVE BOTH EYES DONE ON THE SAME DAY ?

With the LASIK procedure, both eyes are typically done the same day.

PRK heals more slowly and therefore you will have the option to have  the second eye treated a few weeks later or that same day.

IS LASER VISION CORRECTION SAFE ? WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED ?

LASIK has now been performed for over thirty years and is known to be  safe. Millions of patients around the word have had LASIK or PRK performed.

Seldom does a complication result in poor vision but as with every medical procedure, there are risks involved with Laser Vision Correction.

You will receive a thorough explanation of all the risks and benefits involved with these procedures when you have your assessment and you can read more in the page on vision correction

HOW SUCCESSFUL IS LASER VISION CORRECTION ?

The vast majority of our patients are completely happy with the  results from their initial surgery. As the eye is living and breathing tissue, it can change over time.

This means that vision may need re-treatment with further laser either shortly after the initial procedure or years later.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE ?

Many patients can read the clock on the wall in the laser room  immediately after LASIK. However, your vision will appear to be somewhat ‘steamy’ for several hours following surgery.

Your sight may fluctuate for a few weeks following your procedure, but will improve during that time. It’s important that patients have realistic  expectations.

While not all patients undergoing LASIK gain 6/6 (20/20)  vision, most see at least 6/12 (20/40) or better the day after the procedure.

That qualifies an individual to pass a driver’s license exam without wearing glasses or contact lenses.

WILL I NEED TO TAKE TIME OF WORK ?

You should be able to return to work the next day, so there’s little  downtime. We may recommend that you take it easy for a few days depending on the work environment or type of life you lead, and will advise you during your consultation.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS AFTER SURGERY ?

Most patients can drive to work the next day. You should not wear eye makeup, or expose yourself to dusty or dirty environments for two days following surgery. You should not rub your eyes nor should you swim or use a hot tub for two weeks after surgery. Protective eyewear will be provided for you at night when you sleep to ensure you do not rub or scratch your eyes.

CAN I HAVE LASIK IF I HAVE ASTIGMATISM ?

Yes. Astigmatism can be corrected whether you are nearsighted or  farsighted.

WHAT IS  ASTIGMATISM ?

The front surface of an eye is called the cornea. In a “perfect” eye it would be round like a soccer ball. In an eye with astigmatism it is shaped like a football or like an egg , with one meridian being steeper than the other. This produces distorted and blurred images both up close and far away and is usually corrected with glasses.

WHAT STOPS ME FROM BLINKING OR MOVING MY EYE DURING THE LASER TREATMENT ?

There is an instrument that holds your lids apart to prevent blinking.  You will be looking at target light during the procedure. The laser   itself has an eye tracker which checks the the position of your eye  about 4,000 times  per second, much faster than you can move it.

I AM OVER 45 CAN LASER VISION CORRECTION ELIMINATE MY READING GLASSES ?

It is important not to confuse being short or long sighted, which is what Laser surgery is for, with the normal loss of ability to read with age which is called presbyopia. This loss of ability to read usually commences at about age 45 and is  “superimposed” on top of your short or long sight.

After laser surgery, this presbyopia is still present and cannot be  corrected by any known means. There are ways of dealing with it such  as “monovision” which is a technique where one eye is adjusted for  near and the other for distance. This very important point needs to be carefully discussed prior to  your procedure. If you are purely in need of reading glasses and do not have longsight, shortsight or astigmatism then Laser vision correction is not for you.

IS LASER VISION CORRECTION PERMANENT?

The results seem to be stable over time. Most patients do not  experience any significant changes in their vision once the postoperative results have stabilised. As you age however your script may change as it would even if you had not had Lasik. Again remember that if you are under the age of 45, you will develop presbyopia as you age.

DOES MEDICARE COVER LASIK?

Medicare does not cover Laser vision correction and it is not covered by private health insurance but you may be able to claim the cost as a tax deduction.

HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR AN ASSESSMENT?

Read the section on vision correction and If you think that you may be suitable, you can arrange to have a  eye assessment to determine if you are a good candidate. Call 9650 0210 and speak to our secretary to arrange it.