Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of Laser Vision Correction (LASIK or PRK)?
- Customised: PRK or LASIK is able to correct most levels myopia (near sightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
- Fast: the procedure usually lasts 5 to 10 minutes and is painless
- Accurate: Because the laser is guided by a computer, it is very precise and results are very accurate
- Single treatment: in most cases, a single treatment will achieve the desired outcome; however, enhancements are possible if needed, even many years after the initial surgery
What are the disadvantages of Laser Vision Correction (LASIK)?
Everybody heals slightly differently to the next, therefore results may vary from person to person. Most people will see better after laser eye surgery, but there's no guarantee you'll no longer need glasses or contact lenses. People with acute short- or long-sightedness can still benefit from eye laser surgery however it is important to maintain realistic expectations. No surgery can gunarantee you can throw away your glasses
Am I a suitable candidate for Laser Vision Correction?
To find out if you’re suitable for LASIK or PRK you’ll need to book in for a consultation with one of our Specialists. At this appointment we will check the general health and condition of your eyes, evaluate the shape and thickness of your cornea; pupil size; refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism), discuss the procedure and what you can expect from the results
Do I need a referral?
Yes but it's not vital, however information such as current & previous prescriptions, history of any eye problems or medical conditions will be helpful. You will have thorough eye assessment to determine your eye health and whether you are a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction Surgery.
How much does the procedure cost and is it covered under health insurance or medicare?
If you bring along a referral from a GP or an Optometrist, your initial consultation is covered by Medicare only since it includes a full check of your health to your eyes. If you choose not to obtain a referral, there is a cost for the assessment. The procedure itself costs $2,800 per eye and $5,600 for both eyes and includes all medications as well as post operative appointments. This fee is payable on the day of the treatment. Private Health insurance does not generally cover LVC, however it is best to check with your provider. A tax rebate may be available for some medical expenses so it’s worth checking with your accountant.
Are follow up appointments covered by the initial fees?
If I have to have further treatment do I have to pay?
Any supplementary refractive procedures (enhancements) that may be required for the duration of five years following the initial procedure are included, provided post operative instructions are followed.
Do you offer payment plans?
Payment plans are available for all forms of refractive surgery. For further information regarding this service, please contact Mediplan on 1300 130 012. Alternatively you can visit the website www.mediplan.com.au
What are the potential risks?
Your Ashford Advanced Eye Care Specialist will explain the possible risks and complications at the time of your assessment. Complications that may occur include:
Over or under-correction:
This is the most common problem after surgery. In the few patients where this occurs, under correction tends to be more common. This may be fixed with further laser eye surgery known as an ‘enhancement’. Enhancements are usually carried once the healing response to the initial procedure has stabilised.
A sensation of dryness is common but transient following laser vision correction, particularly in the mornings. In fact the eyes are not dry but feel so because of the healing process that occur early after the treatment.
This complication refers to the tendency of the eye to return towards its original focus after laser eye surgery. Mild regression may require the use of corrective lenses, glasses or contact lenses for specific activities such as driving at night time. Almost all forms of regression following laser eye surgery can also be treated with enhancements.
Night glare or haloes:
Some patients experience glare and haloes around bright lights in darker conditions, for example, oncoming headlights driving at night time. These may be permanent to a small degree. Most patients do not find them a serious issue often being the same as experienced before the operation with contact lenses in particular.
Flap complications (LASIK only):
Complications involving the flap during a LASIK procedure are exceptionally rare, but are possible. During the fashioning, manipulating or repositioning the flap, there are a number of things that may occur. Your surgeon will discuss this with you if LASIK is planned for your eye.
Ocular Tenderness / Recurrent Erosion:
Occurring more commonly amongst PRK patients, the new surface layer of cells on the cornea (the epithelium) takes a number of weeks to seal completely to the tissue beneath. Until this occurs, it may cause minor irritation that is usually only noticed by patients when questioned about it and happens mostly in the morning. Breaks in the new epithelium layer may also occur, but can be treated and settle with time.
Scaring and irregular healing:
A rare event. The corneal surface may scar or heal irregularly, limiting the vision. This is uncommon and can usually be treated with further surgery.
This is a universal risk or surgery, is rare and treatable with antibiotics.
This list is not comprehensive but covers the common or problematic risks.