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FAQ (Eye Treatments)

Which of the PRK, LASIK and femtosecond LASIK laser surgeries should I choose?

PRK is an old and painful method and is not preferred. Although LASIK is more modern than PRK, femtosecond LASIK has become a more preferred method because of its perfect and reliable results. The best femtosecond laser model is intralase femtosecond laser, and when choosing the eye clicnic to get the treatment, you should ask whether they use this type of laser and how often they change it (it should be replaced at least every 5 years). Meditravelist assures you that you will get the best service.

What is the advantage of LASIK versus femtosecond LASIK to correct myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia or presbyopia?

Femtosecond LASIK is a method that eliminates the use of a scalpel and allows a very thin corneal flap separation with laser.

Can I drive after laser treatment?

It is not preferable to drive because your vision will be affected until the cornea heals.

How long does it take for me to see better?

If you are not seriously myopic, improvement takes place within a few hours. However, if you have severe astigmatism or hypermetropia (especially severe hypermetropia), the recovery may take longer than several months.

Can all vision problems be corrected?

Although it varies depending on the structural features of your eye (especially the cornea), it is possible to correct all visual disturbances by laser eye surgery in most patients (90%). Whether you are eligible for laser eye surgery can be determined by painless eye examinations before surgery.

Can I have laser eye surgery if I plan to get pregnant?

Yes, you can, but you may have fluctuations in your vision during pregnancy and breastfeeding after surgery. These fluctuations in your vision are temporary and you don’t have to worry about it.

How many days after laser eye surgery can I return to my home and how often should I have my follow-ups?

For your treatment, staying three nights in the hotel is adequate, but is better if you can stay four nights. The operation is carried out the day after your arrival and you will have your follow-up every day until your departure. You should have your follow-up on the 10th and 30th days of your arrival.

Can full correction be achieved with laser eye treatment?

The eye surgeon will discuss with you about the degree of correction desired for each eye. Generally, a second treatment is not needed, but sometimes (very low probability) you may need a re-operation after a few months. However, this probability is significantly reduced by modern laser surgery methods.

Does refractive eye surgery affect the dryness of the eyes?

Refractive eye surgery may affect the dryness of your eyes, but this condition is usually temporary. If your eye is pretty dry before the surgery, you should tell your surgeon. Prevent excessive dryness by using the drops you used for dry eye before surgery.

Does refractive surgery affect intraocular pressure?

Refractive surgery does not lead to a change in intraocular pressure, but sometimes your eye specialist may underestimate the intraocular pressure during examination, so you should tell your ophthalmologist that you have undergone a refractive surgery.

Can laser eye surgery be applied to both eyes at the same time?

In a single session, administration to both eyes is generally preferred.

What are the risks and contraindications of laser eye surgery?

The risks of this treatment are very low and extremely unimportant.

Major risks/complications:

  • Excessive or minor correction (may require adjustment)
  • Halos (especially visible at night, may be temporary or rarely permanent, may require re-adjustment,)
  • Dryness in the eyes (can be removed with moisturizing drops)
  • Slip on the corneal flap (need to be reinserted in the operating room)
  • Infection and / or pain (preventable by anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops)

Exceptional (1/10000 cases) risks/complications:

  • Corneal ectasia
  • Blindness (no reported cases)

Main contraindications:

  • Keratoconus (cone-shaped cornea)
  • Any eye configuration that prevents surgery (such as a cornea that is not thick enough)
  • Any serious eye disease
  • Myopia remained stable for less than a year
  • Under 18 years old
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Pregnancy
  • One eye

Is laser eye treatment painful?

The operation is performed under anesthesia using eye drops and you will not feel any pain. However, the patient can hear the sound of the laser, and detect the odor emitted during removal of the corneal flap and feel slight pressure of the laser on eye. Drops used for anesthesia are also used in the following hours. From the next day, usually no more pain is expected.

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