Blackrock Clinic is a leading private hospital and clinic in Dublin, Ireland. It was established in 1984 and is well known for its pioneering and innovative approach to medical procedures and techniques. It has been accredited by the Joint Commission International over the last 10 years for quality of patient care and service provision, and provides health care in a wide range of specialist fields.

Blackrock Laser Eye Clinic

The Blackrock Eye Laser Clinic was established in 1995 and is part of the Blackrock Clinic. It provides a variety of treatments for a wide range of ophthalmic disorders including laser treatment.

The laser treatments on offer include PRK, LASEK and LASIK. These procedures use lasers to reshape the cornea, precisely removing small amounts of corneal tissue to adjust the way light enters the eye. These are safe and painless procedures which do not involve the use of needles and injections. Instead anaesthetic drops are applied to the eye throughout.

PRK is appropriate for people with low prescription glasses. The outer layer of the cornea is removed to enable the permanent layer underneath to be reshaped. Recovery time from PRK is slightly longer than with LASIK as the outer layer of the cornea needs to be given time to heal.

LASEK is similar to PRK but in this procedure the outer layer of the cornea is not discarded. It is simply pushed to one side whilst the permanent layer is reshaped and is then reattached. LASEK may be suitable for patients with steep or thin corneas which make it difficult for the surgeon to make a proper LASIK flap.

LASIK is used to treat long-sightedness, short-sightedness and astigmatism. A thin layer of the cornea is lifted to create a flap which is lifted back for the underlying surface to be reshaped. The corneal flap is then returned to its original position. As it is only the edges of the flap that need to heal, the recovery time for LASIK is a fraction of that compared to LASEK or PRK. Patients are said to have seen a marked improvement in vision within 24 hours.

All three treatments have high success rates and visual outcomes between the three procedures are said to be the same.

Eye Surgeons

The clinic has a team of highly experienced ophthalmologists and ophthalmic surgeons who are registered with the Irish Medical Council and are affiliated with various other hospitals. To date they have performed over 10,000 corrective procedures. The team of specialists include:

    – Dr Kathryn McCreery (Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon of 12 years standing. Her areas of interest include refractive/cataract surgery and paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

    – Mr Paul O’Brien completed his Specialist Higher Surgical Training in 2006. His main areas of expertise are in cataract surgery, corneal graft surgery and refractive laser surgery.

    – Mr William Power graduated from Trinity College Medical School in 1984 and was awarded the fellowship of the Royal College of Opthalmologists in 1989. He has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist in laser eye surgery, cataract and corneal surgery for fifteen years.

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The cost of laser treatment at Blackrock Clinic is over 1,600 Euros per eye. A consultation fee may be payable. Discounts may be offered to health insurance holders, and tax relief of 20% available to eligible Irish tax payers.

The price you pay will depend on the type of laser treatment you have. It may also depend on the pedigree of the surgeon and equipment used. Generally, the more correction the eye requires the more expensive the cost of treatment will be. Prices can be as low as £400 per eye for the cheapest treatment. However, the average cost is usually around £1,000 to £1,500 per eye. It is therefore advisable to consult a trained optometrist to ensure you find the most suitable and competitively priced treatment for your specific requirements.

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