The side effects, risks and benefits of laser eye surgery

At Optilase, we believe everyone deserves to experience the freedom of clear, unimpaired vision. Whether you wear glasses or contact lenses, chances are you have dreamed of leaving nose dents, contact fluid and blurred vision behind. Laser eye surgery, or PRK surgery, may be the perfect solution for you. If you’re a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery, your next question may be ‘Is laser eye surgery safe?’ At Optilase, we are here to put your worries to rest. In this article, we explain laser eye surgery’s benefits and side effects so you can make your own educated decision.

Is laser eye surgery safe?

Laser eye surgery is a leading optical correction procedure, suitable for many individuals. This treatment provides long-lasting, effective vision improvement for short-sightedness, long-sightedness and even astigmatism. However, finding a laser optic service that is safe and also affordable can be near-impossible. At Optilase, we provide laser eye surgery in Perth, specialising in Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) laser eye surgery with over 30 years in clinical practice.

PRK laser eye surgery is widely considered one of the safest and most effective vision improvement treatments available. PRK surgery is bladeless and works by gently removing the cornea’s surface layer (the epithelium) before reshaping the underlying corneal stroma to correct the refraction. At Optilase, we use a state-of-the-art Wavelight EX500 laser, which is the most widely used refractive laser in the world – ensuring a safe, precise procedure every time.

We offer complimentary suitability consultations for every patient. During your consultation, we assess your personal situation, suitability and desired results to determine whether laser eye surgery will best achieve your visual goals.

You may not be a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery if you’re;

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Under the age of 23

  • Experiencing certain medical conditions like lupus
  • Your eyesight and/or prescription isn’t stable and has changed in the last 12 months

How Laser Eye Surgery Corrects Astigmatism

What are the side effects of laser eye surgery?

Side effects can occur with any surgery or medical procedure. As the human eye is highly delicate, many individuals experience some discomfort post-laser corrective surgery. This is entirely normal, as laser eye surgery involves reshaping the transparent front layer of your eye (cornea) using a high-resolution laser. We provide thorough after-care which includes tips to make your recovery more comfortable and medication to help alleviate some discomfort. Our caring team go above and beyond to assist you to have a safe, speedy recovery.

What are the risks of laser eye surgery?

It’s common to experience dry eyes after PRK, but it usually doesn’t last long. In rare cases, some patients may experience over or under-correction, which can be fixed with touch-up laser surgery.

What are the benefits of laser eye surgery?

  • Safe – performed with state-of-the-art, precise excimer laser – no blades, scalpels, stitches or needles!

  • Fast – Optilase laser eye surgery takes only 30 seconds per eye

  • Accurate – rapidly improves vision and achieves your visual goals

  • Convenient – removes the need for glasses or contact lenses entirely

  • Affordable – Perth’s most affordable laser eye surgery with a fixed price of only $1,899 per eye!

Laser eye surgery is an excellent and safe option if you want to ditch your glasses or contact lenses and enjoy unrestricted clear vision. PRK surgery may be an option if you work in an industry where Lasik eye surgery is not recommended, such as the armed forces, Police force, or if you play contact sports. If you fall into this category, speak to us about your suitability today.

Safe, affordable and effective laser eye surgery

At Optilase, we proudly offer WA’s most affordable laser eye surgery to help you achieve your dream vision without compromising your safety or your wallet. Book your PRK laser suitability appointment today!



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Optilase provide WA’s most affordable laser eye surgery at only $1,899.00 per eye. Book your suitability appointment today.