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Laser eye surgery: The patient’s view

We understand that the thought of laser eye surgery can be daunting. Especially when you log onto the internet and you start reading stories about how people became blind due to having the surgery.

It’s a myth! Laser eye surgery is actually one of the safest procedures in the world. It is actually safer to have the surgery done rather than wear contact lenses for the rest of your life.

We interviewed one of our patients, Mr Kyri Andreou, who underwent PRK back in March 2019. Here’s what he had to say about his experience…

Does laser eye surgery hurt?

PRK had slight discomfort for a couple of days post-surgery

When did you have it done?

March 2019

How long have you worn glasses for?

Contacts for 10+ years

When did they most annoy you?

At night, as soon as I woke up, also on holiday. 

How long did you consider laser eye surgery for?

A few years

Take us through your experience of the consultation. What tests were done?

Many tests were done of the eye to find out the suitability. Tested eyesight, dryness and overall condition of my eyes.

Take us through your experience of the surgery.

Very straight forward, came in the morning and was prepped for surgery. It lasted about 15-20 minutes in total. There was no pain or discomfort on the day of surgery.

 

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What made you think “Yes, I want to have laser eye surgery?”

The thought of not having to wear glasses/contacts every day.

What was your vision like right after the surgery?

I could see clearly and a lot better straight away 

How would you describe the healing process?

There was discomfort and a slight blur in my vision for a couple of days but overall not bad.

What was your vision like 1 week after?

Nearly perfect, a slight blur.

What is your vision like now?

Completely clear. 

Did you have any concerns before or after the procedure?

I was worried about post-surgery recovery.

Talk us through your first follow up appointment.

My eyes were tested again, all the same tests done before surgery.

Why would you recommend laser eye surgery to those who wear glasses/contacts?

Best money well-spent, couldn’t imagine life without it now.

Still unsure? Here at My iClinic, we offer a FREE eye scan for people interested in finding out more about laser eye surgery. These scans will tell you about your eye and usually confirm that laser eye surgery would give you normal vision. 

About the experts

Meet the My-iClinic founders, Mr John Bolger and Ms Bola Odufuwa. Two consultant eye surgeons who made it their life goal to make your life better.

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Bola Odufuwa

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.

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Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
FRCS DO FEBOS -CR

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.