1. First contact
The process begins when you contact us by calling 568 2525, or you request a preliminary examination by registering on our website. We agree on a time suitable to you, and you come to Ármúli 24, 108 Reykjavík, for a preliminary examination.
2. Preliminary examination
The preliminary examination is a very important event, where our doctors thoroughly examine you and decide with you whether a procedure is suitable in your case. A preliminary examination entails precise measurements of each eye. It is a good idea for you to write down questions you would like answered and bring them along to the preliminary examination.
Your vision is tested during the preliminary examination, and various measurements are made of the eyes. Consideration must be given to individual factors, and the advantages, disadvantages and risk factors of the procedure are discussed. During the preliminary examination, information regarding your situation is thoroughly reviewed with you, along with matters involving safety and insurance.
After the preliminary examination, you decide whether you want the procedure done. The procedure can be done on most eyes, but it is important to identify eyes for which the procedure is unsuitable. For this reason the preliminary examination is an extremely important part of the process.
3. Performance of the procedure
On the day you undergo the procedure, it is important for you to be well rested. We receive you and review the process with you. After that eye drops with a local anaesthetic are administered, and you wait until you undergo the procedure.
Our specialists review all the information regarding the procedure one more time, and with the assistance of the computer, a cross section of each eye is made, and thorough consideration is given to the best way to perform the procedure.
Following that, the procedure is prepared, including disinfection in special equipment of all instruments, equipment and other things used during the procedure. The procedure is done under local anaesthetic, and the eye is anaesthetized with eye drops. You will experience a little pressure during the procedure. The eyelids are held open with a speculum while the procedure is done. The procedure takes about half an hour.
During the procedure, a thin flap is cut from the surface of the cornea. It is then lifted and set to the side while deeper layers of the cornea are shaped with the laser beam. The flap is then placed back where it was. The advantage of this technology is that the surface of the cornea is protected, and the flap only has to heal around the edge. There is therefore minimal discomfort after the procedure.
4. After the procedure
The day after the procedure, most people have nearly normal vision. It can nevertheless be somewhat foggy in the beginning. There can be a feeling that there is something in the eye for several days, and you may need to use artificial tears to moisten the eye in the first weeks.
After the procedure 95-98% of the eyes treated see sufficiently well for people to perform daily activities without glasses. It is not unrealistic to expect the visual acuity to be 1.0 after the procedure. Regardless of the procedure, all individuals have some small defect in vision that must be corrected with glasses. Most people achieve visual acuity close to 1.0 after the procedure, but for some the results vary, and it is thus necessary to redo the procedure or make a correction with glasses.
It is very important to let the eyes rest as much as possible the first 24 hours after the procedure. It is undesirable to rub the eyes the first days after the procedure or engage in sports where blows to the eyes are possible. Our clientele receive detailed written instructions on the best way to proceed following the procedure.
6. Post-procedure examination
Post-procedure examination is very important, and all of our clientele come at least three times for such examination. The first post-procedure examination is done approximately 24 hours after the procedure. Then, after a week has passed and, finally, after a month has passed. If a problem comes up after the procedure, LaserSjón's doctors are on call around the clock, 365 days a year, and therefore always available. All post-procedure examinations are included in the procedure, at no additional cost to our clients.
After completing the post-procedure examinations, you are "graduated".
There is an occasional instance of some discomfort the first months, even up to a year, after the procedure. This especially entails dryness or some stinging in the eyes. This stems from the regrowth of nerves subjected to stimulation during the procedure, which are regenerating and are sensitive. Many feel better using artificial tears while this is going on. This discomfort develops in only a small percentage of those undergoing the procedure.