LASIK Re-treatment Rates; Post-op Dryness

Anne asked:

Hi Dave,
I am in contact with your clinic re: having Lasik. I just have a couple of questions:

1/ What is your re-treatment rate?
2/ How many dry eye cases are persistent/long-term?

Thanks, Anne

Anne, our enhancement rate is under 1% for short-sghted patients, and slightly higher for blended vision patients (distance plus reading correction).
Our “20/20 or better” rate is 99.4% for short-sighted patients up to -9.00D.

We have seen long-term dryness in a handful of patients, out of thousands of treatments. I find it is a rare problem when patients are properly screened, and treated pre-op if there is some dryness present. The way we keep these rates very low is by being vary careful on who we operate on, and excluding those with significant dry eye.

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About the Author: Mr. Dave Allamby FRCS FRCOphth is a leading London-based laser eye surgeon. You may have seen him on the This Morning TV show with Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton or read one of several articles in the national press, recently for treating Denise Van Outen, rock giant Rick Wakeman and broadcaster Paul Ross. David is Medical Director at Focus Laser Vision, known as a world-leading clinic in the treatment of presbyopia, or age related loss of close vision. Focus Laser Vision is also London's only clinic to offer next-generation Z-LASIK laser eye treatment for short sight, long sight or astigmatism.

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