Risks and Rewards

Free Initial Consultation

Your initial consultation consists of an hour long appointment where you will be assessed for your eligibility and suitability for the surgery.

  • Please bring your current glasses (reading and distance).
  • Please leave out your contact lenses for 2-3 days prior so we can get accurate readings.
  • We ask you bring a pair of sunglasses as your eyes will be light sensitive following your consult as a result of special drops being used to allow your eyes to be examined more closely.
  • It is not recommend you drive for 3-4 hours after the consult.

The consultation is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you have. In the meantime here are some common questions about the Risks and Rewards of Laser Eye Surgery.

How do I know if I’m suitable for laser surgery?

The only way we can be certain that you will be suitable for laser surgery is to have an initial assessment consultation. To be suitable for laser eye surgery you should:

  • Be aged over 20 years
  • Have a stable glasses script for the past year (or three months after cataract surgery)
  • Be free of eye disease such as cataract, glaucoma, keratoconus etc
  • Not pregnant or breast feeding

Do I need a referral?

You do not need to have a referral for eye laser surgery. However a referral may allow you to claim a Medicare rebate for your surgery in some circumstances. These include, but are not limited to:

  • high astigmatism following cataract surgery
  • imbalance between the eyes following cataract surgery
  • high astigmatism after corneal grafting.

Is laser surgery safe?

Yes. As with any surgery there is a risk involved but with laser surgery the risk of serious complications is very low (approximately 1:10,000).

What are the potential side effects?

Some patients experience discomfort in the first 24 to 48 hours after LASIK eye surgery. Other side effects, although rare, may include glare, seeing halos around images, difficulty driving at night, fluctuating vision or dry eyes.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure itself only takes less than half an hour but your overall stay will be a couple of hours for pre and post operative care.

How long until I see freely after the procedure?

Within a few days following the procedure most people are able to drive and return to their normal lives, with a new found freedom.

How long until I can drive after laser surgery?

We recommend that you don’t drive until your vision is clear. On average most people can drive a couple of days after they have had LASIK surgery.

How long until I can go back to work?

This depends on which procedure you have. We recommend you take at least two days off work after LASIK surgery, longer for PRK.

Is there any pain involved during the surgery?

No. You will be administered anesthetic eye drops to numb your eye to make sure there is little to no pain during the surgery.

Do you have a payment plan?

Yes we do. If you would like to find out more about our payment plan or prices on surgery you’re more than welcome to call us or book an appointment.