Laser Eye Surgery: Questions & Answers

  • What is short sight?

    If you are long-sighted, the focusing power of your eyes are too weak. You will be able to view objects more comfortably at a distance than close up (less than six feet). If your glasses magnify print, you are long-sighted. In severe cases vision is not clear at any distance.

  • What is long sight?

    Optimax offers Easy Payment Plans for those who wish to spread the cost of their treatment, making laser eye treatment with Optimax even more affordable. Details are available upon request.

  • What is astigmatism?

    Astigmatism is caused by an unevenly shaped eyeball (like a rugby ball). About half of glasses wearers have this added problem. When someone with astigmatism looks at the spokes of a wheel, some spokes appear clearer than others. Because only parts of the image are correctly focused, distortion is caused at all distances. Astigmatism is shown on your glasses prescription in the box marked CYL. and is measured by the strength of a cylindrical lens needed to achieve best vision. The box marked AXIS shows the angle at which astigmatism lies across the eye.

  • Can I have both eyes treated at the same time?

    Treating both eyes on the same day (bilateral treatment) is still controversial. Some consider it safer to wait until the outcome of the first eye is known. However, most people choose bilateral treatment for reasons of convenience. You should discuss this option with the Optimax eye doctor during your consultation.

    LASIK - bilateral treatment is offered

    LASEK - bilateral treatment is offered up to -4.00 dioptres

    ICL - not offered bilaterally (minimum of one week between eyes)

  • A day in the life of a patient - Kunal Patel

    I am a 23 year old Computer Science student with a keen interest in playing cricket. I found the treatment excellent with pre-op and post-op tests. Optimax answered all my questions in detail and were very professional and thorough with their examinations. I had 20/20 vision a week after my treatment, due to the healing process. Laser Eye Treatment has improved my everyday life andI feel it has improved my vision when playing cricket. Thank you Dr Almasri and all Optimax staff.

    Pre-op - the pre-op examination lasted for about half an hour. After checking my vision, I was given an explanation about the type of laser treatments available for my eyes and what to expect before and after the treatment. I was under no pressure at any time for making the decision to go ahead with the treatment and yet was able to book an appointment for the treatment at the end of the examination.

    On the day - the suitable date for my laser treatment (Friday 13th!) made me a bit nervous, but I had full confidence in Dr Almasri who treated my eye. He checked my vision to ensure accuracy and I was taken into the treatment room. First, drops were put into the eye which made it numb. I heard the laser tick for about 10 seconds as my eye was treated. I was awake and felt no pain throughout the treatment. At the end of the laser treatment, a contact lens was placed to protect my eye from dirt, which would be taken out in three days time. After the treatment my eye was very itchy, it felt like dry dirt was in my eye, (just like I was told before the treatment) and I was specifically told not to rub my eye. I was free to go home that afternoon.

    Follow-up - I've had four follow up appointments. The first appointment was three days after the laser treatment to check my vision and removal of the contact lens, which was placed to protect my treated eye, followed by the second appointment, which was a week after my treatment. The third appointment was a month after my treatment and finally the fourth appointment was six months after my treatment to check my healing process and to discharge me. The follow up appointments lasted no more than ten minutes and I was advised at all times to call the clinic if I needed any advice. Read more patient stories from Optimax.

  • Can I speak to Optimax Patients?

    We have a database of Optimax patients who are usually very willing to share their experience of laser eye treatment. For further details call our Customer Care Team [^customerServices] or complete our online enquiry form.

  • Do you have disabled facilities?

    Every effort is being made to accommodate people with disabilities in all our clinics. If you are disabled, please contact us in advance of your appointment to see how we can help. Our clinics at Brighton, Birmingham, Glasgow, Hull, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Peterborough, Reading and Southampton all have disabled access and toilets. Newcastle currently has disabled access only (no disabled toilets) and we will shortly have disabled facilities at our Croydon clinic.

  • What is Optimax's treatment cancellation policy?

    We require five working days to cancel a consultation, treatment appointment or an aftercare appointment, otherwise deposits are not refundable.

  • Should I get independent advice?

    The internet has a vast amount of independent and impartial medical information about Laser Eye Treatments including LASIK, LASEK, Wavefront, Implantable Contact Lenses and Cataract Surgery. We believe it is important for you to research and discuss your proposed treatment with other independent companies and medical advisors before going ahead. Our useful links page provides suggested links as a starting point in your research. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists also publishes a booklet on PRK/LASEK and LASIK.