Your consultant will answer any queries you may have during your appointments.
In the meantime, please find below a selection of some of our most frequently asked questions.
Q How do I know that my The Eye Commission consultant is suitably qualified?
A We are medically trained doctors who have undertaken further specialist training and study in matters relating to the human eye. A brief outline of the examination system which is used to test our training is outlined on the Royal College of Ophthalmologist’s website.
We are subject to regular re-validation under the auspices of the General Medical Council and also subject to an annual appraisal.
You can visit the General Medical Council’s website to view a consultant’s status on the specialist register for confirmation of your surgeon’s suitability.
Q Will I need to travel far for my consultation and subsequent treatment?
A With 32 local practices around the country, the vast majority of our patients will need to travel less than 90 minutes to meet with their consultant and undergo any treatment that you elect to receive. Furthermore, we are constantly increasing our coverage across the country to offer a truly locally based service that is both convenient and flexible to your needs.
Q Will I always be seen and treated by the same Consultant?
A Absolutely yes! We believe that continuity of care is one of the most important aspects of our service. You will always be seen and treated by the same consultant – Never a trainee or a ‘travelling’ surgeon.
Q Will I still need to wear glasses after my treatment?
A This will depend on the nature of your condition and the type of treatment you undergo. For example if you undergo vision correction treatment, your dependency on glasses and contact lenses will be significantly removed. However you may need to wear reading glasses in the future as your eyes continue to age.
Q How long after the initial consultation will I have to wait for my treatment?
A Following your consultation we will arrange for any treatment recommended by your eye surgeon to be undertaken promptly, whilst considering your personal timescales and other commitments. We will always allow you sufficient time to consider the outcomes and benefits, before you committ to any course of treatment.
Q How quickly can I return to work after treatment?
A This again will depend on the nature of your condition and the type of treatment you undergo. For many of the procedures outlined on this website, you will leave hospital on the same day that your treatment is undertaken and you will be able to return to work a few days later. However, every individual case is different and your consultant will cover this topic with you during your initial consultation.
Q Can both eyes be treated at the same time?
A This will depend on the nature of your condition and the type of treatment you undergo. Your consultant will advise you, based on the results of your initial examination and consultation.
Q Is the treatment painful?
A Your surgeon will undertake your treatment after having administered a local or general anaesthetic, so the treatment itself should be painless. Following the treatment, you may experience some discomfort for a few days; painkillers and anaesthetic drops will be prescribed to minimise discomfort. Your consultant will discuss this with you at your initial consultation.
Q Is treatment safe?
A It is widely recognised that all surgical procedures carry some risks. All The Eye Commission consultants are seasoned professionals, with many years training and expertise behind them, and will discuss any associated risks with you at your consultation. They will undertake your treatment in specialist hospitals equipped with the latest technology, and with knowledgeable staff by your side. They are amongst the most respected practitioners in their specialities and will always discuss any concerns you may have during your initial consultation.
Q How soon can I use a computer and watch TV following my treatment?
A This will depend on the nature of your condition and the type of treatment you undergo. Normally you should be able to watch TV and work for short periods on a computer within 2-3 days of your treatment. Your consultant will provide you with a guide to this effect following your treatment, and may provide you with lubricating eye drops to minimise any discomfort.
Q How much will my treatment cost?
A After you receive a referral from your local GP or optician, the private medical insurance company that administers your policy should be notified. The insurer should then cover all costs associated with your treatment, including initial consultations, the procedure itself and a follow up appointment.
However, any procedures that are undertaken for purely aesthetic reasons may not be eligible for a claim on your private medical insurance.
If you have no private medical insurance, you will still be eligible to undergo elective surgery carried out by a qualified ophthalmological consultant. The prices for any appointments or treatment vary across the U.K. but can be discussed with the consultant or their secretary prior to your initial appointment.