Here you will find a compilation of frequently asked questions and corresponding answers. Simply click on a question to see the answer.
Will the results last for a long time?
The results will stay for a long time. Some minor regressions may be possible in exceptional cases. If the result remains stable and unchanged after six months, you can take in for granted that it stays this way for a long time.
Is there any long-term experience?
For the so-called surface procedures, i.e. Lasek, EpiLasik or PRK and others, experience goes back to the mid eighties. For Lasik, empirical values are at hand since the mid nineties. Femto-Lasik has been used on a broad basis since the beginning of 2000. This means that empirical values are present covering a period of 10 to 20 years. It’s worth mentioning that today’s procedures and laser profiles are further developments based on earlier methods and profiles. Femto-Lasik, e.g., may be the youngest laser procedure, but this method already takes into account the bases and experience since the mid nineties.
Does my health insurance pay for my eye surgery?
No, as a matter of general practice, costs for refractive eye surgery are not covered by health insurance, as there are no medical indications for such surgery. Only in isolated cases, when a very big defective vision exists between the eyes, it is be possible that your health insurance considers accepting to pay for the costs.
How fast will I regain viscual acuity and when can I drive my car again?
After a Femto-Lasik or Lasik treatment, good visual acuity is obtained on the first day after surgery. Visual acuity will change somewhat within the first weeks. As a matter of rule, on the first day after treatment already, you can drive a car again.
After a Lasek, one week is needed, more or less, until visual acuity has recovered and you will be able to drive a car.
How long will I be unfit for work?
For a Femto-Lasik or Lasik treatment, plan two days: one day for the surgery, and one day for recovery afterwards. For a Lasek treatment, calculate one week, more or less, especially if you have surgery on both eyes on the same day. Please consider that you cannot get a medical certificate for the surgery for your employer as no medical necessity is recognized for such surgery. As a consequence, you should use your holidays for this surgery. We usually do the treatment prior to a weekend to cause you the least possible loss of working hours.
Are there any risks or collateral effects with the surgery?
Every surgery can entail risks and collateral effects. Laser surgery usually causes the „dry eye“ effect and night-time dazzling effects (so-called halos). Excessive or too weak corrections are also possible but can be corrected with a subsequent treatment.
Is the surgery painful?
The surgery is painless as it is made under local anaesthesia (with drops). After the surgery, the eyes may water or burn; this is felt as unpleasant, but not painful.
What happens if I move my eyes or my head during treatment?
The laser has a so-called eye-tracking system that follows your eyes even with the faintest, involuntary movements, thus guaranteeing that treatment can go on in the eye centre. Major head movements are improbable since during treatment, the head rests in a special head rest with a central cavity and is, therefore, supported on all sides.
Is a subsequent treatment possible in case of insufficient first results?
Subsequent treatment is possible if excessive or too weak correction results from first treatment. The slice does not have to be prepared again, but just opened; there will, therefore, be no new cut.
Do I never need to wear glasses again after laser surgery?
After laser surgery, wearing glasses for distant object is usually dispensable. After 45 years of age, reading glasses usually become necessary as this is the age were presbyopia sets in.