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Getting over your fears about laser vision correction

Published on 10th November 2010

If you are considering laser eye correction it may be helpful to talk to someone who's already had it done and listen to their own experience.

You will generally hear the same kind of feedback from them. That it is something that they do not regret at all and they have found that they have far more visual freedom than they once did. You will also hear from people that it is not a painful process and that the recovery time is actually very fast.

What about the laser?

It is understandable that many people worry about having a laser pointed directly at their eye. The procedure itself though is very quick and painless

How does the laser work?

When it comes to the type of laser that is used to adjust the shape of the cornea, this is called an excimer laser. Short pulses from laser will remove small amounts of tissue. Many people are surprised to find that this part of the process only takes a few.

What are the side effects of laser eye treatments?

Side effects following laser eye treatment are uncommon. Only a small percentage of people experience any kind of side effects at all and in most cases these are quite mild. Sensations like the halo effect when viewing bright lights in low-light conditions and/or a foreign body in the eye sensation are sometimes present. These generally go away within a few days.

The more you learn about laser eye surgery and look at the statistics, the more comfortable you will feel. It is something that has the potential to change your life dramatically and once you have had it done you will be amazed at the clarity of your vision.



All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.