Is it possible to correct astigmatism with laser treatment?

Yes, a Femto- LASIK or PRK is very well suited to correct astigmatism. In most cases, patients whose corneal curvature is corrected by laser treatment have even better vision after the treatment than before the operation with glasses or contact lenses.

What happens if I move my head or eyes or look away during the treatment?

Nothing can happen to you with the state-of-the-art laser system from Schwind (Amaris), as used by Gemini. During the entire treatment, your eye movements are monitored by an eye tracker system, which immediately compensates for the slightest movements of your eyes or switches off the laser prematurely.

Does the health insurance cover the costs of an eye laser correction?

Some private health insurance companies cover the costs of laser eye treatment in whole or in part. Please ask your health insurance directly for the exact conditions. Unfortunately, the statutory health insurance companies generally do not cover the costs of an eye laser surgery.

How do I manage to keep my eyes open during the laser eye treatment?

This question concerns many patients, but it is quite simple. During the treatment, they are given an eyelid retractor, which stops the eyelids. An unintentional closing of the eyes is therefore no longer possible.

Is cataract surgery, cataract treatment or lens implantation also possible after an eye laser correction?

Yes, after an eye laser correction further eye operations are possible, like the treatment of cataract, a cataract operation or a lens implantation.

Is the visual defect 100% corrected?

The laser is extremely precise. Thus, depending on the initial refraction (the degree of ametropia), a correction of the visual impairment of up to 100% is possible. Not every refractive error can be treated optimally. In suitable patients, laser correction usually succeeds with the first intervention (97%). Residual refraction can be corrected by follow-up treatment or compensated with weak visual aids (e.g. for car journeys).

Can laser treatment make you blind?

No, because the laser beam only works on the upper layer of the eye. The eye is precisely measured before the operation and the maximum ablation of the laser is limited to approx. 30% of the cornea. Since the penetration depth is only small, injury to the deeper layers (e.g. lens, retina etc.) is not possible.

How long should I not drive a car after the laser treatment?

In many patients, visual acuity stabilizes in the first week after surgery. Normally you can then drive again. In case of doubt, please contact your doctor.

How long should I avoid applying make-up after the procedure?

After the laser treatment you should not apply make-up for about four weeks. It is best to discuss with your doctor when you can apply make-up again.

How long should I not exercise after the procedure?

Light sports such as jogging are possible from the second week after the operation. You should refrain from swimming for 4 weeks. You should wait a little longer with sports that place a heavier burden on the body. For outdoor sports, it makes sense to wear protective glasses or sunglasses to protect your eyes from wind and rain.

Are there any long-term effects and can they be assessed at this point in time?

Laser treatments have been performed since 1985, LASIK treatments since 1995, and we now have more than 20 years of experience from over 20 million treatments worldwide. From today’s point of view, long-term effects are quite unlikely and not to be expected, but cannot be excluded 100%.

Can eyes be lasered several times?

Yes. If the cornea is thick enough, several laser treatments are possible. However, this is only necessary in extremely rare cases.

What risks and side effects may occur after treatment?

The procedures used in the Gemini laser eye surgery are very safe. As this is a surgical procedure, risks and side effects cannot be 100% excluded. This also applies to any other surgical procedure. The risk of serious complications or permanent complaints is extremely low. Most complications, if they occur, heal without consequences. In Lasik, the complication rate is statistically well below 1% of all patients worldwide.

What happens in the first days after the treatment?

Each healing process is individual. This is why we provide you with comprehensive support after the operation. You should strictly adhere to the doctor’s instructions. In particular, the correct use of eye drops requires a rapid healing process.

Am I on sick leave for laser surgery?

No. In general, you will be able to work again after 3 to 4 days. Since laser treatment is a comfort medical intervention from the health insurance companies’ point of view, you should take a vacation for the recovery days. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to issue you with a medical certificate for work.

How long does the correction of a laser treatment last?

Normally, after the laser treatment you will be able to see for a lifetime without any aids. A deterioration of your vision is extremely rare and affects patients with particularly high dioptric values before the operation, if at all. From an age of about 45 years the natural presbyopia is added, which remains unaffected by laser treatment.

How can I protect my eyes after surgery?

You don’t need a bandage. Since the eyes often react sensitively to light after the treatment, it is advisable to wear sunglasses or protective glasses during the day or at night.

How quickly do the improvements occur after the treatment?

Most patients notice a significant improvement in their vision immediately after surgery. Since the healing process is different for each patient, it is not possible to predict how long it will take to reach full vision. As a rule, visual acuity improves to a level suitable for everyday use within 24 hours of surgery.

Do I have to be prepared for pain after the operation?

Even if the procedure is only short and harmless, the eyes feel a little strange after the operation. The minimal change of the corneal surface leads to the impression that there is a foreign body in the eye. After a few hours most patients get used to the new situation.

How long will the operation take?

In total less than 10 minutes per eye. The actual correction of ametropia usually takes less than a minute. With the current laser technology, the formation of the flap takes 30 seconds. Since the laser light has a wavelength that the photoreceptors in the eye cannot perceive, the actual operation is almost unnoticed.

I have heard that the eye becomes more light-sensitive after the procedure, is that correct?

The eye may be more sensitive to light for a few days. Sunglasses should be worn to minimize this sensation. We will provide free sunglasses with good UV protection.

Can I undergo the procedure if I am pregnant?

Surgery during pregnancy is not recommended, although laser surgery in the early stages of pregnancy is not harmful or dangerous.

I have a cold. Can I still be treated?

Eine leichte Erkältung stellt kein Hindernis für den Eingriff dar. Falls Sie jedoch erhöhte Temperatur oder andere Beschwerden haben, sollten Sie es mit uns konsultieren.

Can I wear my contact lenses until treatment?

Soft contact lenses should not be worn 1 week before the preoperative examination. Hard lenses should not be worn 3 weeks before the preoperative examination.

Can I pay for the operation in installments?

Of course. If you wish an installment payment, we are happy to accommodate you. Our patients have the possibility to pay 1/3 of the total amount on the day of the operation and the rest within one year. The amount of the instalments can be determined individually. Do not hesitate to contact us for further questions.