Does LVC hurt?
Most patients report slight discomfort during the procedure, however the entire procedure is completed with local anaesthetic drops instilled in the eye before the procedure. After the procedure, LASIK patients experience minor discomfort for around 24 hours, and T-PRK patients experience moderate pain for the first 48 hours. All patients are given appropriate medication to address this.
How long have our surgeons been performing LVC?
You can read more about our surgeons in the Eye Surgeons section of this website.
What is the success rate of this type of surgery?
Your surgeon will explain the factors that contribute to the overall success rate for this type of procedure and our current success rates.
In general, over 95% of eyes reach the same level of vision without glasses as they had before their operation with glasses.
Is the procedure safe?
Like all types of surgical procedures, LVC carries a degree of risk and complications. Read more about the possible complications of LVC in our Risks & Complications section of this website.
How long will it be after the procedure until I have useful vision?
LASIK patients tend to achieve useful vision within 48 hours, while T-PRK patients achieve the same during the first two weeks.
How much does the procedure cost and is it covered under health insurance or medicare?
If you bring along a referral from a GP or an Optometrist, your initial consultation is covered by Medicare only. If you choose not to obtain a referral, there is a cost for the assessment. The procedure itself costs $2,800 per eye and $5,600 for both eyes, and includes all medications as well as post operative appointments. This fee is payable on the day of the procedure. Private health insurance does not generally cover LVC, but it’s best to check with your provider. A tax rebate is available however for medical expenses so it’s worth checking with your accountant.
Do you offer payment plans?
Payment plans are available for all forms of refractive surgery at our clinic. For further information regarding this service, please contact Mediplan on 1300 130 012. Alternatively you can visit their website: www.mediplan.com.au
Can I have both eyes done at the same time?
You can have both eyes done at the same time. The advantages of this approach or of doing one eye at a time are discussed intensively at the time of your assessment.
How much time will I need to have off work?
While the healing times differ for PRK and LASIK, we generally recommend that most people take 1 or 2 weeks off work after their procedure. Individual healing times are a major determining factor in when you feel comfortable enough to head back to work. Usually, useful vision starts to establish itself during the first week.
Will I still need to wear glasses after the procedure?
A very small number of patients find that a slight correction for the distance may be helpful for activities in low light, such as night driving, but a majority are able to achieve a visual outcome that requires no further correction.
If you are in the age group that requires reading glasses (late 40’s or older), these may still be required although this issue can be addressed using different techniques.
I wear glasses just for reading, can LVC help me?
This condition is known as presbyopia, and to a degree LVC may help. By making one eye short-sighted, and leaving the other eye as normal, a person will be able to read with the one eye, while the other eye continues to be used for long distance. This process is known as 'monovision'.
What is Monovision?
Monovision is the term used to describe the practice of using one eye for near work, and the other for distance. If a person still has the ability to use their eyes to focus on objects that are near, they may choose to leave one eye without correction, or ask their surgeon to manipulate the refractive error in order to allow them to see clearly for near in one eye only.
Am I able to wear contact lenses after having LVC?
If there is a need to wear contact lenses after LVC, there is no reason why this is not possible. It’s uncommon for patients to need any correction after LVC.
How do I know which procedure is best for me?
Your surgeon is the best person to ask regarding which treatment you’re more suitable for, and during your assessment, information is collected via various methods to enable the surgeon to determine which type of LVC procedure would be suitable for your eyes.
How do I book for an assessment?
An assessment is the best way to have any other questions that you may have answered as well as to find out your ultimate suitability for LVC. Simply visit our Contact Us page, complete the form provided with a suitable contact number, and we will call you to arrange an assessment. Alternatively, you can contact us on our LVC enquires line (08) 8293 5200 to arrange an appointment.