FINALLY I’ve got this video sharing with you my laser eye surgery experience! I’ve been so excited to share this with you as laser eye surgery is something I’ve wanted and considered for years, and I know it’s something so many other people consider.
I’m very lucky that I got to have it at the amazing London Vision Clinic, with the procedure performed by the incredible Professor Dan Reinstein – I couldn’t feel in safer hands throughout. I honestly still can’t believe how simple the procedure was, and how quickly it was all over. And of course how quick the recovery was! It honestly blows my mind how they can fix your eyes in this way.
I had the ‘keyhole LASIK’ procedure – which is known as ReLEx SMILE, and is a less invasive version of traditional LASIK laser eye surgery. You can find more out about that here https://www.londonvisionclinic.com/ppc/relex-a-less-invasive-way-to-treat-short-sightedness/
For FAQ’s I asked, please see below!
How much does it hurt?
- It doesn’t hurt – that’s a myth. It can be uncomfortable, and it used to be in the past due to old machinery increasing the pressure in the eye. The most modern lasers don’t change the pressure so you don’t feel it.
How long does it take?
- ReLEx SMILE, the newer less invasive keyhole procedure takes only a few minutes per eye. You are in the clinic on the day for around 2 hours including some time to relax afterwards
Is there pain afterwards?
- You don’t feel any pain, but there can be some grittiness and light sensitivity. Some people feel nothing; some feel a little bit uncomfortable.
How quickly can I expect my vision to come back? And when will I be back to normal work?
- When you initially sit up you will notice your vision is a little blurry, but better than without glasses. After you go home and rest your eyes you will notice an improvement, and after you wake up the next morning it’ll be an improvement from that. After a week goes by, it’ll be even better. Most people can go back to work the next day.
Will I need glasses in the future?
- Long term follow up studies have demonstrated that once the shape of your cornea is adjusted to correct your vision, the change is permanent. Of course, your eye is a living organ that alters over the years, just as the rest of your body does. Everyone’s eyes change, to some degree, even if they never needed glasses. The good news is patients can have a procedure called Laser Blended Vision once they hit their mid-40’s to correct the need for reading glasses.
What are the main aftercare things? Can I wear makeup after?
- With the keyhole SMILE procedure, if everything goes to plan, you can pretty much resume normal daily activities and be back to normal the following day. By day 2 you can wear eye makeup, and go to the gym and use a computer for a normal amount of time
Will I have to wear protective contact lenses after?
- No, it is not necessary. We ask patients to go home and rest their eyes for the first few hours in a dim lit room; this helps progress the healing process. The SMILE procedure has no moving parts, so you could actually go and play rugby the next day and be safe on the field!
Are infections likely to happen after this procedure?
- Very unlikely. It’s hard to measure the rate of infections because it’s so rare – around 1 in 5000 or so. In any case, these are less common than with contact lenses.
Will I be on antibiotics?
- Yes, you are given drops that you use as preventative antibiotics for seven days.
Can there be serious complications?
- There have been close to one million SMILE procedures performed now worldwide. The safety of SMILE is equal to that of LASIK and PRK/LASEK of which there have been over 50 million procedures performed since the early 1990’s. Of course serious complications can occur but these are less likely to happen than the chances of a serious visual complication from a contact lens infection, to put it into perspective.
Disclaimer: I received this treatment for free from the London Vision Clinic.