You must be 21 years old to have eye laser surgery. There is no upper age limit.
Eye laser surgery is very safe and has been performed many millions of times across the world. The rate of postoperative infection is 1:20,000 and should this occur is responsive to treatment
You will have specialized photographs taken of your eye by an ophthalmic technician followed by an eye exam to determine your suitability for laser eye surgery. Ms McCreery will then discuss the procedure and any potential risks.
The examination will involve dilatation of the pupils with eye drops. These eye drops will blur your vision and you will be unable to drive for a few hours after the examination.
Please refrain from wearing soft lenses 1 week and hard lenses 2 weeks prior to your assessment.
Almost all patients are able to return to work within a few days, but prolonged reading may be bothersome for a week or so. You can drive as soon as you can see road signs clearly
Running and gym work can resume a few days after surgery. Swimming can be resumed with goggles in 4 weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for 6 weeks with Lasik and 2 weeks with PRK/LASEK.
Ms McCreery will determine whether your eye is treatable based on the strength of your prescription and your eye exam. If not suitable for laser eye surgery, you may be suitable for a Phakic IOL (implantable contact lens)
The natural process of aging means that everyone develops presbyopia (need for reading glasses) as they get older. In some people we will leave you near sighted in one eye to allow reading without glasses for a period of years. Almost everyone over 70 years old develops cataracts which will blur vision and require cataract surgery.
Almost all patients (98%) will have vision as good as they had with contact lenses or glasses. However, each individual healing response to laser energy is different which can result in under or overcorrections requiring an Enhancement (top up) laser procedure. Some people can have an excellent result for many years and then slip some time later.
Everyone will experience some glare and haloes at night for a few weeks after laser eye surgery. With modern wavefront technology this is temporary and indeed once your eye has healed night vision is improved compared to what it was prior to surgery. As a result, this Customvue laser technology is allowed in pilots and astronauts.
You will experience some grittiness immediately after the surgery which lasts for 12-24 hours. With surface treatment (PRK/LASEK) there is minor discomfort which is treated with pain medications and eye drops for 24 hours
With LASIK your vision will be very good the next day and improve day on day. With PRK vision recovers at a slower pace and one week out is excellent.
Ms. McCreery carried out laser eye surgery on me about two months ago after 15 years of being totally dependent on glasses, it's hard to imagine I ever wore glasses now! Would 1000% recommend anyone who is considering laser to see Dr McCreery - every step of the process was so easy and I felt very well looked after by her and the entire team at Blackrock Eye Care. Couldn't be happier with my treatment and the results!
After many years weighing up the merits of getting laser eye surgery; I decided to have a consultation with Ms. Kathryn McCreery to establish suitability. The initial assessment was straightforward and the options and considerations were clearly explained to me. The surgery itself (PRK) was incredibly quick and painless. The results were even better than I could have hoped for and I now enjoy a quality of vision that is superior to that which my glasses used to provide. Although there are plenty of practitioners in this field; I went with Blackrock Eye Care as it is medical professional led rather than marketing led. The depth of experience, quality of aftercare and service level are what mattered to me. I highly recommend.
Lasik gave me such great results, I don’t know why I waited. I would recommend Blackrock Eye Care & Ms McCreery to anyone who is eligible for the surgery
I recently had a Lasek procedure with Ms. Kathryn McCreery in December 2016 and the whole experience was very positive . I had a speedy appointment booked at short notice, I went in had my procedure which took no longer than 5 minutes per eye and it all felt as easy as if going for a dental check up. Instantly after the procedure I could see much clearer. A week passed and I had clearer vision than through my contact lenses, i just thought how simple the procedure was and how much relief and benefit it gave. I now have better than 20/20 vision and Keep thinking why didn't I do this before. I also however don't believe it would have been as successful and such a seamless process had I not been looked after by Ms. Kathryn McCreery and her staff who are heavily experienced in this field and would highly recommend her and Blackrock Clinic if you want a more improved quality of life.
I would highly recommend Ms. Kathryn McCreery & her team. They explained everything that I needed to know to make me feel comfortable prior & post laser surgery. My care on the day was fantastic as was the follow up care I have received the days and months after. My advice would be stop thinking about it & do it, you won't regret it, the best decision I have ever made, life changing