Laser Vision Correction

Laser vision correction procedures to improve your vision and provide you with more visual freedom.

€2500 per eye

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What is it?

Overview

Laser vision correction, often referred to as laser eye surgery, is the term used to describe a group of procedures that use excimer lasers and/or femtosecond lasers to reshape the front surface of the eye (known as the cornea). Reshaping the cornea with laser vision correction procedures can remove the need for glasses and/or contact lenses to see well.

The Benefits Are Clear

  • Quick procedures that normally take less than 15 minutes per eye
  • Little downtime with improvements to vision seen almost immediately for most
  • Increased freedom from glasses and/or contact lenses

How does it work?

Laser vision correction improves your vision by reshaping the cornea (front clear window of your eye) with a laser. Our laser procedures are performed in our dedicated theatre at the clinic. There are different methods of laser vision correction, and your advanced visual analysis exam will guide us to the most appropriate procedure for your eyes and your lifestyle. 

Why do I need it?

Refractive errors explained

How do I know if it’s right for me?

What makes me a good candidate?

Laser procedures explained

The different laser procedures that we offer

For the technology lovers

The technology we use and why we believe it is the best for the laser procedures we do

What To Expect

Initial consultation

The initial consultation is a two step process; first we will complete a 30 minute virtual (video) appointment with you to assess your visual needs. At a later date, you will attend the clinic in person for a full eye health check. This appointment will last up to 2.5 hours. You will undergo tests and scans before a consultation with the doctor. During the consultation, the doctor will discuss the options and advise which procedure you are most suitable for.

Please note: Your pupils will be dilated so you will be unable to drive for the remainder of the day following the clinic appointment. Contact lenses must be left out 2 days (soft lenses) and 3 weeks (for hard lenses) prior to an evaluation as they distort the natural shape of the cornea.

Day of surgery

On the day of surgery, while the procedure only takes 15 minutes per eye (and seconds for the laser) you will be in the clinic for approximately 2 hours. This allows time to complete additional pre-op scans, answer any questions you may have, discuss and sign your consent form and go through your postoperative instructions before your procedure. When your procedure is over, you will relax in our recovery room for approximately 30 minutes. You will be checked at the slit-lamp microscope by one of the clinical team before leaving the clinic. We ask that you have a family member/ friend collect you at the clinic after your procedure.

Post-operative care

We advise all patients to go home and rest on the day of their procedure. Medication packs are provided and they contain antibiotic drops as well as pain relief should you need it. Most patients find the procedure comfortable with only mild discomfort for the remainder of the day. You will return to the clinic for post-operative visits as per the below schedules: 

  • LASIK - Day 1, 6 weeks (at your discretion), 6 months
  • Surface Ablation LASEK/ TE-PRK/ PRK - Day 1 (phone call), day 6, 4 - 10 weeks, 6 months

I am an experienced eye surgeon myself, I had to consider, where I should visit to perform the procedure. For many years I was using contact lenses, but these were no longer good for me. I considered LASIK on my eyes. As I am an experienced eye surgeon myself, I had to consider, where I should visit to perform the procedure. As I have known Dr Arthur Cummings and the Wellington Eye Clinic for many years, I decided to visit Dr Cummings. His excellence, his warm-hearted art, his attitude to perfection are well known and convinced me to give my eyes to his hands. Also, his staff and colleagues are so kind and care about absolutely everything, that I just felt like visiting my family rather than a clinic. The procedure lead to a perfect result. Today for more than 40 years it is the first time, that I am able to look at my environment without any prosthesis. It is an overwhelming experience, and still after a week I sit down and only enjoy looking – at everything: I do not read the newspaper, but look at the contrasts changing on the paper in the light and those little particles in the material. It was three days after LASIK that I could do my work as a microsurgeon again, everything worked perfectly. As a result, I am convinced, the Wellington Eye Clinic and Dr Arthur Cummings are clearly recommended.

Frequently asked questions

Does the procedure hurt?

This is a common question and often the first question a patient will ask. We reassure our patients that it does not hurt at all! People think of blades and cutting when considering eye surgery but nowadays with the laser creating the flap, it’s all done using air bubbles and no blades at all. We are frequently told by patients after their surgery that it was a less painful and a less traumatic experience than going to the dentist. Some patients, especially those with deep-set eyes, may tell us that they were more aware of a brief pressure sensation during the 20-second flap creation process, than what they anticipated.

How long will it take before I can see?

With LASIK the visual recovery is very fast and by the very first evening most can already see a huge improvement. At the check-up visit the very next morning many patients are already seeing 20/20 or better. For LASEK/ TE-PRK/ PRK / EBK PRK procedures, the visual results are just as good as LASIK but the visual recovery is slightly longer with most patients having functional vision by week 1. However, we recommend allowing 3-4 weeks for the vision to settle as the epithelium needs time to heal to provide clarity to the vision.

Is laser vision correction safe? Do we know the effects in 30 or 40 years time?

Laser vision correction at the Wellington Eye Clinic is considered to be very safe. Statistically it has been shown to be even safer than extended contact lens wear. At the Wellington Eye Clinic we have been performing laser vision correction now for over 30 years, and after more than 50,000 procedures it has been demonstrated to be a very safe procedure, so there is no reason to expect that we are going to see any change going forward.

Is it possible to treat distance and near vision with laser vision correction?

If you have good near vision but you cannot see far away (a condition called short-sightedness, near-sightedness or myopia) this can be corrected. It is also possible to perform the procedure for someone who has the opposite problem, for somebody who can only see in the distance but cannot see up close (a condition called longsighted or hyperopia) The same is true for patients who are have more difficulty reading as they get a little older (Presbyopia). Perhaps reading that menu, or the sensation that your arms need to grow longer and longer in order to do so. What is common is to correct for both near vision and distance vision simultaneously. This laser eye surgery technique is referred to as blended vision. One eye is corrected for distance vision and the one eye for near-vision. This will leave a person totally free of glasses.

What is a laser vision correction enhancement? Why would I need it?

Although very uncommon, laser eye surgery enhancement can happen as soon as six months or earlier after your initial procedure. Today with the best laser LASEK, PRK and LASIK, Surgeons’ have a very high level of accuracy. So for most corrections, in about 99% of cases, we cannot make the correction any better. For 1% of patients on average we can make improvements on the initial surgery. This is called a laser enhancement. We do a little more laser in order to correct whatever the residual error might be. The Wellington Eye Clinic offers a Lifetime Warranty on laser eye surgery. This means for example, that if at any time after the surgery your vision drops below driving standard and can be re-corrected using our laser with an enhancement, the treatment will be repeated at no cost.

How long until I can resume normal activites again after my laser eye surgery?

ActivitySafe to resume post LASIKSafe to resume post LASEK/ TE-PRK/ PRK
Bikram Yoga4 weeks 4 weeks
Boxing 6 weeks2 weeks
Bungee Jumping 6 weeks2 weeks
Cycling 1 day 1 week
Driving1 day (after day 1 visit) 1 week
Drinking (alcohol) 1 day 1 day
Eyelash tinting/ extensions 6 weeks 2 weeks
Eyebrow threading/ waxing 6 weeks 6 weeks
Eye make-up1 week 1 week
Face make-up 2 days 2 days
Football 6 weeks 2 weeks
Flying  1 week (short haul) 
1 week (long haul)
1 week (short haul) 
1 week (long haul)
GAA 6 weeks 2 weeks
Gardening 1 day 1 week
Golf 1 day 1 week
Gym 1 day 1 week
Hairwash 2 days 2 days
Hair colouring2 weeks  2 weeks
Horseriding 2 weeks 2 weeks
Hurling 6 weeks 2 weeks
Jogging 1 day 1 week
Karate 6 weeks 2 weeks
Parachute Jumping 4 weeks 2 weeks
Pilates1 day 1 week
Rugby6 weeks 2 weeks
Sailing 2 weeks 2 weeks
Sauna 4 weeks 2 weeks
Scubadiving3 months 3 months
Shower 1 day 1 day
Skateboarding 1 day 1 week
Skiing 2 weeks 2 weeks
Smoking 1 day 1 day
Squash 6 weeks 2 weeks
Steamroom 4 weeks 2 weeks
Sunbathing/ Sunbed 1 week 1 week
Swimming 2 weeks  2 weeks
Surfing2 weeks2 weeks
Tennis 2 days 1 week
Trampoline 6 weeks 2 weeks
Weight lifting 2 weeks 2 weeks
Yoga  1 day 1 week 

Pricing

Before treatment

Vision Correction Initial Consultation

€150

Treatment

Laser vision correction (LASIK, LASEK, TE-PRK, PRK, StreamLight)

€2500 per eye

Follow Ups

Typically you should come for a check up at least once every 2 years.

First 12 months

No Charge

12 months - 4 years (Doctor & Optometrist)

€150

12 months - 4 years (Optometrist Only)

€100

After 4 years (Doctor & Optometrist)

€250

Additional scans may be required with additional cost of €60 each. Maximum 2 scans chargeable per visit.

After 4 years (Optometrist Only)

€150

Additional scans may be required with additional cost of €60 each. Maximum 2 scans chargeable per visit.

Enhancements

Approximately 5% of patients will need an enhancement procedure. This is rare. But we want to be transparent and open with you from the start. No hidden fees here!

Laser vision correction enhancement procedure

No Charge

Enhancement to same target if initial surgery was post 2004 and you have attended every 2 years for follow up

Laser vision correction enhancement procedure (pre 2004)

€2000

Enhancement to new target and/or if initial surgery was pre 2004 €2000 per eye. Fee includes surgery fee, postoperative medications, one year of follow up appointments and lifetime warranty.

Want to begin your journey to clearer vision?

Whether you need more information or you think this is the right procedure for you, request a consultation and we’ll be able to help you from there.