Frequently Asked Questions

Intralase LASIK (IntraLASIK) Questions


Q. Are you awake during Lasik Eye Surgery?

A. Yes. Anaesthetic eye drops are applied prior to treatment, make surgery painless and stress-free.


Q. What are the side effects of Lasik surgery?

A. LASIK has been performed successfully for over 25 years, with no long-term side effects arising. However short-term side effects may occur, which are usually resolved within a few weeks. These will be discussed at consultation.


Q. Is LASIK surgery expensive?

A. Many LASIK patients identify long-term savings when comparing their surgery cost to ongoing costs for contact lens subscriptions and replacement spectacles. Optimax offers a range of flexible payment plans to make treatment as affordable as possible.


Q. Can you get anaesthetic for Lasik Eye Surgery?

A. Anaesthetic eye drops make surgery painless and stress-free, however in the event of discomfort once the anaesthetic has worn off, over the counter pain-killing medication can be used..


Q. Can you go blind from LASIK Eye Surgery?

A. There have been no recorded cases of a patient losing their sight as a result of LASIK eye surgery. However no surgery is risk-free, and all relevant risks and complications will be discussed at consultation.


Q. Can you cry after Lasik Eye Surgery?

A. Yes, your eyes will function as normal after LASIK surgery in terms of tear production.


Q. What is bilateral IntraLase Wavefront LASIK treatment? What exactly does the bilateral mean in this context?

A. Bilateral means both eyes so bilateral Intralase Wavefront LASIK treatment is using this method of surgery on both eyes at the same time.


Q. Do you feel pain during Lasik?

A. For most patients Intralase Lasik is a painless treatment.


Q. Is Lasik Surgery permanent?

A. Lasik surgery is permanent and if you have full correction of plus 2.5 to 3, the benefit of sharp reading vision should last forever. However, lower corrections may not always give full reading correction permanently.


Q. What is the difference between Intralase Lasik and Wavefront Lasik?

A. We only offer Intralase LASIK or Intralase LASIK Wavefront.  LASIK involves creating a flap on the surface of the cornea which is gently lifted and the underlying tissue treated with the laser.  This procedure is relatively popular as the recovery time is very quick (around 24 hours) with very little if any discomfort experienced during the first few hours.  The Intralase is the femtosecond laser platform we use to create this flap hence Intralase LASIK, all laser LASIK.  Wavefront is an addition to the surgery and is a mapping system.  Using thousands of beams of light we are able to accurately map the surface of the cornea to determine if there are any imperfections or undulations across the treatment area.  Using this system within the Intralase LASIK we can tailor the treatment to match your eyes unique shape and surgery specification.


Q. How soon can you return to work after LASIK Intralase Wavefront laser eye surgery?

A. Depending on your job you could return to work within 24-48 hours or longer if your job requires clear sight or you work in a dusty environment.


Q. I am involved in a lot of contact sports such as rugby and football, I read on the internet that having LASIK would leave a flap that could be torn off in my heavy sports. Is this true and is there a preferred treatment for people involved in heavy contact sports? 

A. Yes, what you have read about the flap and the risks of the flap becoming dislodged through contact sports is true but in reality the actual chance of this happening is extremely slim.  However, it is a risk that needs to be considered and instead of the LASIK surgery, where the flap is created, we would recommend you consider LASEK instead.  LASEK is a surface treatment so there is no creation of flap therefore this risk is removed entirely.


Q. How does the surgeon make the flap when having Lasik without using a laser to make he flap? Can it be felt and how long does it take for the flap to be made? The short film showed it being sliced, how is that done?

A. There are two ways of creating a flap during the Lasik Surgery. The First way is where the Surgeon uses a Microkeratome which is hand-held mechanical device. The other way/method of creating the flap is using the Intralase LASER. This method just takes approx. 18 seconds, the flap will be precise in both thickness and formation.