Frequently Asked Questions


Can I fly after surgery?

It is advised that you remain close to your surgeon for up to seven days. When flying please remember to use your eye drops.

How long before l can go to the gym?

We suggest at least one week off from the gym.

How long before I can go for a swim?

We suggest at least one week before swimming is allowed.

Can I go overseas after surgery?

We suggest staying close to your surgeon until your 2-week post-operative check.

How long before l can drive?

If your vision is good after Lasik surgery, then we recommend at least two days before driving.  For PRK laser surgery, then no driving for a week.

Is Valium given on the day of surgery?

Yes, you will be given enough Valium for your height and weight.

Will be awake for the procedure?

Yes, Valium is the only medication that will be given.

How long will I be under the laser?

Just a few minutes for most of the procedures.

How long do l need off work?

We suggest having 1 week off work for all procedures where possible.

Can l park at the surgery?

Yes we do have parking out the back of our practice at Kotara.

How long will my consultation be?

Please allow up to two hours as there are many tests to be performed.

How long will my surgery take?

On average the surgery takes up to 30 mins per eye.

Do l need to go to the hospital?

No not for any laser refractive procedure.

Do l need to fast prior to surgery?

No we suggest you come on a full stomach to theatre as you will be here for up to two hours. And no Valium can be given on an empty stomach.

Can l use my drops or other medication on the day of surgery?

Please check that your drops are fine to use at your initial consult. All other medication is fine to take for laser refractive.

Can l be bulked billed for the procedure?

No, this is an elective mostly cosmetic procedure and bulk billing is not possible.

Can both eyes be done on the same day?

Yes for lasik and prk this can be the case but for some of the more invasive procedures, we usually do this at 1 eye at a time. Please consult with your surgeon for more details.