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How safe is laser eye surgery?

Q: I have been considering having Laser Eye Surgery however I’m concerned regarding the safety of the procedure. Can you please give me some information about this? – Jeremy.

A: Laser vision correction is safer than contact lens use, particularly with regards to infection. It is a procedure that’s performed as an elective case for 23 years now with over 36 million cases done and the excellent safety record is evident. The introduction of a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap has minimized intra-operative risk. I feel so confident regarding the safety profile I performed LASIK on my sister.


  1. Julie grattan

    Posted on: Monday, 01 January 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Could u please tell me the cost of having cataracts removed and restor lenses implanted

  2. Brian Sampson

    Posted on: Saturday, 08 August 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Can you please tell me the costs od the laser treatment.
    I am 73 and use multi focal glasses for long distance, driving and reading.
    We do have Medibank Private full cover.

  3. Susan Hall

    Posted on: Sunday, 12 December 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I have worn glasses for 53yrs and Multifocals for over 20yrs.Over the last 3 yrs I have found that my multifocals are not working for me at the computer which has become a large part of my job. I got computer glasses(Multifocals with computer and reading).I see clients so I either change glasses frequently or just see a blurry vision of my clients. I read best without glasses at all. I considered Lasik surgery about 7 yrs ago but didn’t want to give up my good reading vision. I’m frustrated because I am seeing worse now than I ever have. I wondered if there is an option to give me good vision again. I’m a healthy 61 yr old? H/O Glaucoma in the family but no evidence with regular checks.

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