Frequently Asked Questions, Common Questions

Eagle Eye Laser Clinic, the laser eye surgery specialist

SHOW ALL

Pre-operative examination

  • May pre-operative examinations be carried out in the regional centres?
    Pre-operative examinations include several very detailed tests that require the use of cutting-edge devices. These devices are only available in the Budapest centre of OPTIK-MED, thus the entire pre-operative examination may only be performed here.
  • How much does the examination cost?
    The first pre-operative examination costs HUF 15,000. If you have a free examination card, you do not have to pay for it.
  • Where can I get a free examination card?
    Each treated patients are given a recommendation card, which can be redeemed for a free pre-operative examination. Ask your friends who have already got rid of their glasses where their laser surgery took place. Certainly, more than one of them was a patient of OPTIK-MED. If you have a laser treatment performed, your friend will receive HUF 10,000 for this recommendation. The same also applies to you, once you have become ‘eagle-eyed’. For each recommendation, you will get HUF 10,000.
    Fill out the Self-Evaluation Candidacy Test on our website and print out the results. Bring it with you for the scheduled examination; this way it will be free of charge.
    Fill out the online registration form at OPTIK-MED’s website, and you will get the pre-operative examination for free.

Laser treatment, laser eye surgery

  • How much time after the examination can the treatment be carried out?
    On the day of the examination no laser surgery may be performed because of the dilated pupils. However, from next day on, it may take place at any time within the next six months. Usually, surgeries can be scheduled within 1-2 weeks.
  • Following the treatment, after how many days can I go back to work?
    This largely depends on your individual sensitivity and the degree of your prescription. Patients usually go back to work 1-2 days after FEMTO and LBV® presbyopia treatments (for people with reading glasses) while after PRK treatments a 4 to 10 days’ rest is required.
  • Can I go on sick leave after the surgery?
    On the day of treatment, the patient receives a Treatment Report which confirms that an eye surgery has been performed. Present this report to your GP, who will issue the medical certificate needed to go on sick leave. The length of the required sick leave must be consulted with your GP.
  • When can I drive a car for the first time after the treatment?
    It not recommended to drive a car in the first 7-10 days after a PRK treatment. After a FEMTO or LBV® surgery, the next day patients usually arrive to the first day’s post-operative check by their own cars; however, we can only issue an official certificate on suitability for driving on the third day.
  • For how long will my driver’s license contain the ‘corrective lenses’ restriction?
    If the patient has an old (non-card format) driver’s license, when they have reached the final visual acuity, i.e. during the post-operative appointment after 5 or 6 months, we can affix a stamp reading ‘may drive without corrective lenses’ on your driver’s license.
    If you already have a new card format driver’s license, your ophthalmologist includes the ‘may drive without corrective lenses’ text in the report on your last post-operative appointment.
  • Should I have the treatment performed in winter or summer?
    From an ophthalmologic point of view, there is no difference between the seasons. More or less the same proportion of patients choose winter and summer months.
  • How long are eye drops and sunglasses needed?

    Why are eye drops needed?

    The cornea has epithelial limbal stem cells which are responsible for repairing the cornea and thus have a very useful biological function. If any damage occurs to the eye (e.g. it is hit by a branch), these stem cells immediately take action and attempt to restore the original state as it was before the injury. However, stem cells also perceive a laser treatment as damage and immediately after the surgery they mobilise their forces to restore the state prior to the laser treatment, that is, the refractive error. In order to prevent this from happening, the prescribed eye drops should be used.

    In extremely rare cases, however, in spite of the constant use of eye drops, stem cells manage to achieve some results; for example, in contrast to the correction of 8 dioptres promised to you, eventually your visual acuity is only improved by 7 dioptres. Our medical guarantee applies to such cases. In this case, OPTIK-MED undertakes to repeat the procedure free of charge.

    The use of eye drops in the post-operative period protects the eye against infections and inflammations as well.

    Meddig kell szemcseppeket alkalmazni?

    After FEMTO and LBV® treatments, the struggle with stem cells takes significantly less time, since the vision correction is not performed on the surface of the cornea. Usually, it is enough to use eye drops for three weeks, with a gradually decreasing intensity.

    After PRK treatments stem cells typically need 6 months to give up the fight. After this, they will not try to restore the defective curvature of the cornea, but consider the post-treatment corneal curvature as the new state to protect.

    The good news is that from this moment on, stem cells will relentlessly safeguard your new keen eyesight gained owing to the treatment for a lifetime.

    The dosage of eye drops varies from person to person. Therefore, it is important to attend the scheduled post-operative visits so that your ophthalmologist and you are able to jointly monitor and control the evolution of your visual acuity. The medical guarantee is only valid for people who regularly attend the post-operative appointments.

    Why do I need to wear sunglasses?

    After laser treatments, UV light stimulates an increased activity of corneal stem cells, which are working to restore the situation prior to the treatment and thereby preventing achievement of the best possible visual acuity. You can easily prevent this by wearing sunglasses.

    How long should I wear sunglasses?

    After Femto and LBV® (presbyopia) treatments, it is enough to pay attention to UV protection for two months. After PRK treatments, it is recommended to wear sunglasses for six months. It is recommended even for those who have not undergone a laser surgery to wear sunglasses to block UV rays.

    When should I wear sunglasses?

    • outdoors when you can see your own shadow (in cloudy weather and indoors it is not necessary)
    • in the car and the means of public transport, as windshields and glasses usually do not block 100% of the UV rays
    • in places with UV lamps: in bars/clubs with UV lamps, tanning beds, or if someone works in UV light, such as money inspectors, manicurists or dental assistants.

    It is a misbelief that sunglasses must also be worn indoors after laser eye surgery. There is no need for this, since conventional windows block 100% of UV rays.

Examination and surgery dates and times, opening hours

  • Do I have to make an appointment for the pre-operative examination?
    Yes, pre-operative examinations are scheduled in advance. Every day, 200-300 patients visit OPTIK-MED and all of them rightfully expect from us that their pre-operative examination or post-operative check is started on time. This can only be ensured if appointments are made in advance.
  • How to make an appointment?
    Call us at +36 1 250 5505, fill out the form in the upper right corner or contact us in person.
  • What are the Clinic’s opening hours?
    Post-operative examinations are performed each day of the week excepting Sundays. Mon, Wed: 8.00-18.00, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 8.00-16.00, Sun 8.00-14.00
    A pre-operative examination usually takes 1.5-2 hours, and the latest start time is at 16:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at 14:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • How long does it take until I can get an appointment for an examination?
    In general, in the winter, we can schedule an appointment for a pre-operative examination within 2 weeks, while in the summer, within 1 week.
  • How long does it take until I can get an appointment for a surgery?
    In general, in the winter, we can schedule an appointment for a pre-operative examination within 2 weeks, while in the summer, within 1 week.
  • How many post-operative checks are needed?

    Post-operative checks after PRK treatments

    • On the 1st day (only in the Budapest centre)
    • On the 3rd day (only in the Budapest centre)
    • After 1 week
    • After 1 month
    • After 2 month
    • After 3 month
    • After 4 month
    • After 5 month
    • After 6 months (only in the Budapest centre)
    • After 1 year (only in the Budapest centre)

    Post-operative checks after FEMTO treatments

    • On the 1st day (only in the Budapest centre)
    • After 1 week
    • After 1 month
    • After 2 months
    • After 6 months (only in the Budapest centre)

    Post-operative checks after LBV® presbyopia treatments (for people with reading glasses)

    • On the 1st day (only in the Budapest centre)
    • After 1 week
    • After 1 month
    • After 2 months
    • After 6 months (only in the Budapest centre)

    Pre-operative examinations, laser treatments and the first post-operative checks may expensively be carried out in the Budapest centre of OPTIK-MED Eagle Eye Clinic since the required very expensive, high-tech instrumentation and the three lasers are only available here. The remaining post-operative visits, however, may also take place in OPTIK-MED’s regional centres (except for LBV® treatments, in the case of which all post-operative checks must take place in the Budapest centre).

    OPTIK-MED’s regional centres:

    To this end, OPTIK-MED has established a regional network in order to save a significant amount of travelling for patients living outside of the capital. Find an accredited OPTIK-MED centre near you. Your personal consultant will provide you with the exact contact details.

    Accommodation for people not living in Budapest:

    If you live far from Budapest and you would not like to travel to the capital on more consecutive days (on the surgery day and post-op checks on the first and third day), then you can book an accommodation for 2 days/1 night or 4 days/3 nights in the building of OPTIK-MED Eagle Eye Clinic for a price of HUF 7,000/night, or in a guesthouse near the Clinic.

    At you request, your personal consultant will book the accommodation for you once you have made an appointment for the surgery. Check out the photos of the accommodation options available near the Clinic!

Frequently Asked Financial Questions

  • When do you have to pay for the treatment?
    Payments on cash or by bank card are possible on the day of the treatment. In the case of instalment payment, the initial payment is to be made on the day of the treatment, while remaining instalments will fall due on the 15th day of each month starting from the following month. In the case of payment by bank transfer, please initiate the transaction at least three working days before the treatment. Payee: K-MED Kft. Bank account: MKB Bank: 10300002-20196233-00003285. Please be sure to enter the name of the patient whose treatment is being paid in the Comments field. It is important that you bring the original bank transfer confirmation with you and present it before the surgery.
  • Is it really possible to claim a tax refund for 20% of the price? How does this work?
    A tax refund may be requested for individual payments. If you are a contracted member of a voluntary health insurance fund (egészségpénztár), at the end of the examination you must check with us whether or not we accept the card issued by the given fund, or you can pay the price of the surgery only in cash, or eventually you need to produce a certificate of coverage. The invoice on the treatment, indicating the appropriate payment method, will be issued to your voluntary health insurance fund. Please request the additional terms and conditions from your voluntary health insurance fund.
  • Which voluntary health insurance funds are your contracted partners?
    Payments may be made through voluntary health insurance funds in three ways. These are as follows:
    • Cash payment: the patient pays in cash and is given an invoice issued to the voluntary health insurance fund as customer. The patient will have to present this to the fund.
    • Blocking on the account (also known as ‘certificate of coverage’): The patient should call their voluntary health insurance fund and requests them to block the amount on their account. On the day of treatment, the patient should bring documentary proof of this blocking, or it should be sent directly to the clinic by the fund. If a treatment is scheduled for Saturday, please note that voluntary health insurance funds are usually not open Saturdays, and therefore the amount must be blocked by no later than Friday.
    • Payment by voluntary health insurance fund card (egészségpénztári kártya): This is a plastic payment card similar to a bank card: the holder can pay by presenting this card. Please make sure that, in addition to the price of the treatment, a few thousand forints should be available on the account to cover the handling charges. In this case, the clinic will send the bill directly to your voluntary health insurance fund.

    If the Eagle Eye® treatment is not carried out on the voluntary health insurance fund member but on the beneficiary, the contract must be signed by the member as well, or the authorisation at the bottom of the page must be completed.

    We are contracted with the following voluntary health insurance funds:

    ALLIANZ HUNGÁRIA Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Members may the price of the treatment on the spot in cash, the amount may be blocked on their account held with the fund or health insurance fund cards (egészségpénztári kártya) are also accepted as a method of payment. The Clinic will issue an invoice based on this (indicating bank transfer as the method of payment).
    ARANYKOR Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Patients may pay the price of the treatment in cash or by voluntary health insurance fund card.
    Prémium Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Members pay the price of the treatment on the spot in cash. Voluntary health insurance fund cards are also accepted as a method of payment, similarly to bank cards. Blocking on the account held with the fund is also possible.
    BALZSAM Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Patients should pay the price of the treatment in cash.
    BUDAI Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Members should pay the price of the treatment on the spot in cash.
    DANUBIUS Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Cash payment and blocking on the account are the accepted methods of payment.
    DIMENZIÓ Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Cash payment and blocking on the account are the accepted methods of payment. For payments by voluntary health insurance fund card, the daily limit is HUF 200,000. In case of amounts exceeding the daily limit, the limit needs to be increased, which must be arranged by the patient by contacting the competent voluntary health insurance fund.
    EGÉSZSÉGÉRT National Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Members should pay the price of the treatment on the spot in cash or by voluntary health insurance fund card.
    ERŐ (Első Regionális Önkéntes, i.e. First Regional Voluntary) Health Insurance Fund
    Patients should pay the price of the treatment on the spot in cash. Members are responsible for delivering the invoice to the fund.
    EXTRA-FIT Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Treatments may only be paid in cash.
    GENERALI Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Payment in cash or by voluntary health insurance fund card as well as blocking on the account held with the funds are the accepted methods of payment. For payments by voluntary health insurance fund card, the daily limit is HUF 250,000. In case of amounts exceeding the daily limit, the limit needs to be increased, which must be arranged by the patient by contacting the competent voluntary health insurance fund.
    HERENDI Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Patients need to produce a certificate of coverage and sign it after the treatment. Cash payment is also possible.
    HONVÉD Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    If patients have a voluntary health insurance fund card, they can pay the treatment by swiping the card on the terminal or cash payment is also possible. Patients should produce a certificate of coverage issued by the health insurance fund.
    K&H MEDICINA Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Cash payment and blocking on the account are the accepted methods of payment.
    MKB Voluntary Health Insurance Fund /Kristály and Talizmán Funds have been merged into it/
    Payment in cash or by voluntary health insurance fund card are the accepted methods of payment.
    NAVOSZ Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Members may pay the price of the treatment on the spot in cash, by credit card, by wire transfer, as well as by voluntary health insurance fund card.
    OTP Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Patients may pay in cash or by voluntary health insurance fund card.
    PAJZS Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Payments are accepted in cash, by voluntary health insurance fund card or by blocking on the account held with the fund.
    PATIKA Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    The member brings with them a magnetic card to the treatment which will be swiped on the terminal. Generally, the daily limit is HUF 200,000, thus this is the maximum amount that can be debited; the patient should bring the remaining amount with them. Cash payment is also possible.
    KARDIREX Voluntary Health Insurance Fund /formerly called Patrónus/
    Members should pay the price of the treatment in cash. The invoice value will be refunded to the member by the voluntary health insurance fund. Blocking of funds on the account held with the fund is also possible.
    POSTÁS Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Treatments may be paid in cash, by wire transfer or by voluntary health insurance fund card. If you choose wire transfer as your preferred payment method, you are required to produce a certificate of coverage issued by your voluntary health insurance fund.
    PPRO VITA Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    The patient should have the price of the treatment blocked on their account held with the voluntary health insurance fund, and then the fund will send the relevant certificate of coverage to the clinic. By signing this document, the patient confirms the kind of treatment they had. Payment are also accepted in cash, by wire transfer or by voluntary health insurance fund card.
    Pro Sanitate Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Payment are accepted in cash or by wire transfer (a certificate of coverage is required).
    SERVUS Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Cash and wire transfer are the accepted methods of payment. In case of wire transfer, a certificate of coverage must be produced.
    TEMPO Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    On the surgery day, members should bring with them their voluntary health insurance fund card, which will be swiped on the terminal. Cash payment is also possible.
    UNIQA Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    It has merged with AXA voluntary health insurance fund. For details, see there.
    VASUTAS Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    On the surgery day, members should bring with them their voluntary health insurance fund card, which will be swiped on the terminal. Cash payment is also possible.
    VITALITÁS Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    The price of the treatment is to be paid in cash.
    VITAMIN Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    On the surgery day, members should bring with them their voluntary health insurance fund card, which will be swiped on the terminal. Cash payment is also possible.
    WELLNESS Voluntary Health Insurance Fund
    Members pay by vouchers issued by the voluntary health insurance fund; subsequently, we issue an invoice (indicating wire transfer as the method of payment).
    Authorisation for the Treatment of Beneficiaries
    I, the undersigned ................................ (date of birth, mother’s birth name), as member of the health insurance fund, hereby declares that the beneficiary ................................ (date of birth, mother’s birth name) named in my contract concluded with the fund may use my voluntary health insurance fund card (egészségpénztári kártya) without my personal presence.
    Date, signature of the voluntary health insurance fund member and two
What outcome can I expect after a laser eye surgery?
What is a pre-operative examination like?
What happens on the day of the treatment?
What should I pay attention to during the recovery period?
How safe is laser vision correction?
What sort of guarantee does OPTIK-MED offer?
What outcome can I expect after a laser eye surgery?

What outcome can I expect after a laser eye surgery?

With our special Eagle Eye Treatment (Sasszemkezelés®) even such hidden refractive errors can be corrected that not even the best glasses, contact lenses or conventional laser systems are capable of eliminating. After an Eagle Eye Treatment (Sasszemkezelés®) laser eye surgery (PRK, FEMTO Laser Blended Vision (presbyopia) treatment for people with reading glasses or NO-Touch PRK), you will have a sharper vision you’ve ever had before with eyeglasses, for the rest of your life.

What is a pre-operative examination like?

What is a pre-operative examination like?

What to expect during the examination?

  • be prepared for a completely painless examination that takes 1.5-2 hours
  • the most important tests are carried out by two experts independently
  • refractive errors are measured using five different methods
  • the expected outcome of your treatment is presented to you in a personalised Medical Guarantee Certificate
  • during the pre-operative examination, we collect tens of thousands of data that enable us to plan the ideal treatment

How should you come to the examination?

  • as you will receive pupil-dilating drops (mydriatics), after the examination, your vision will be blurred for even up to an entire day, thus it is advisable to come with a companion and/or arrive by public transport
  • you should not wear soft contact lenses for 4-5 days before the tests, semi-rigid and rigid lenses for at least 2 weeks in order to obtain accurate measurement results
  • ladies are recommended not to use any make-up, especially mascara
  • you can eat and drink (non-alcoholic beverages) as usual before the tests
  • bring your national health insurance card with you so that we can prescribe you the necessary drugs
  • bring your previous eyesight reports and glasses with you

In the case of online registration , the pre-operative examination is FREE OF CHARGE..

What happens on the day of the treatment?

What happens on the day of the treatment?

What to expect on the day of your surgery?

  • prepare for a painless procedure which will take approximately 1.5-2 hours
  • in the preoperative care unit, you will receive sedative pills and anaesthetic eye drops
  • in the operating theatre, have nothing to do but lay down in a comfortable position and look ahead
  • the treatment time is 2-3 minutes for PRK treatments and 8-10 minutes for FEMTO treatments
  • after surgery, you will be able to experience good vision immediately
  • at your discretion, you may leave immediately or after a short rest with your companion

How to come to your laser eye surgery?

  • Bring a pair of sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection (your sunglasses’ ability to block UV rays can be verified at the clinic), or you can buy a pair from the clinic’s offering
  • you should not wear soft contact lenses for 4-5 days before the procedure, while semi-rigid and rigid lenses for at least 2 weeks
  • ask a friend to come and pick you up at the end of your surgery
  • bring with you the guarantee certificate provided to you during the pre-operative examination
  • eat as usual, however, avoid the consumption of alcohol and caffeine
  • ladies should avoid wearing facial make-up (especially waterproof make-up) and perfumes
  • Tell your physician about the drugs taken on the day of the surgery!
  • If you have not chosen upfront payment, please bring with you the documents needed for the selected payment plan and/or your surety
What should I pay attention to during the recovery period?

What should I pay attention to during the recovery period?

What are the most important medical instructions during the recovery time?

  • Rest after treatment (for 1 day after a FEMTO laser eye surgery and 5-6 days after a PRK laser eye surgery)
  • Apply eye drops in line with the instructions
  • Keep away from places with dust or cigarette smoke for a month
  • Do not expose your eyes to water for a month (saunas and steam rooms are not recommended either)
  • Do not use make-up on your eyes for 2 weeks after a PRK treatment and 4 weeks after a FEMTO treatment
  • Do not rub your eyes for a few months after the treatment
  • The use of tanning beds must be strictly avoided for 3-6 months
  • Outdoors, when the sun is shining, wear sunglasses providing 100% protection from UVA rays (for 2 months after a FEMTO laser eye surgery and 6 months after a PRK laser eye surgery)
  • Attend the required post-operative checks
  • Should you have any questions, please call our 24/7 OPTIK-MED hotline at +36 1 250 5505

What to pay attention to after the recovery?

After your recovery, you will not have to pay attention to anything. Vaginal delivery is still possible after this treatment. All kinds of sports and exercises can be performed in the same way. Antal Kovács (Olympic champion in judo), Botond Storcz (sprint canoeist) and Norbert Schobert (fitness guru) continued working out in the same way as they did prior to their laser eye surgery.

How safe is laser vision correction?

How safe is laser vision correction?

The outcome of your laser eye surgery (PRK treatment FEMTO laser eye surgery, Laser Blended Vision (presbyopia) treatment for people with reading glasses)NO-Touch PRK) will change your life radically. Anyone who so far has only been able to achieve a moderate visual acuity wearing thick glasses or contact lenses, now will have a keen eyesight without any of these devices. All this with a painless procedure.

  • A pre-operative examination is an excellent opportunity to exclude any factors that may negatively affect your laser treatment's outcome
  • Evaluation and testing are carried out using the world’s most advanced ophthalmic devices and instruments and the experience gained by our ophthalmologists during tens of thousands of examinations
  • Owing to the wavefront analysis, carried out using an aberrometre (or ‘Eagle Eye Metre’, as nicknamed by our patients), hidden individual refractive errors can be precisely mapped, which is an excellent basis for planning safer, more accurate and personalised vision correction than in the case of traditional laser treatments
  • Since we are striving for maximum security, our Clinic does not undertake any laser treatments if we are not sure that we can achieve an optimal outcome. OPTIK-MED is the only clinic in Hungary where patients are treated using three high-tech laser systems
  • the Clinic’s staff has already performed hundreds of thousands of pre-operative examinations, thus there is only a very slight chance that such individual responses or issues occur that we have not yet encountered
  • Semmelweis University of Medicine and London Vision Clinic, which is in the forefront of laser eye surgery at a global level and is managed by Professor Dan Reinstein, inventor of the LBV presbyopia treatment, are scientific partners of OPTIK-MED
  • The world’s most stringent health and safety requirements are in place at the Eagle Eye Clinic
What sort of guarantee does OPTIK-MED offer?

What sort of guarantee does OPTIK-MED offer?

Owing to its 15 years of experience and the more than 85,000 laser eye surgeries carried out so far,OPTIK-MED Eagle Eye Clinic can predict with a very high degree of accuracy the expected outcome of a laser eye surgery. After the pre-operative examination, you can try the anticipated outcome (and you will also receive it in writing), provided that you will react to the laser treatment as 99% of the patients.

But what if you fall into the remaining 1%? What if your cornea reacts abnormally to the treatment? What if the outcome is worse than what you had expected? Our guarantee applies to these cases! You do not even have to assume this 1% risk! If, after the laser treatment, your vision improvement is less than what we had anticipated in writing, the guarantee will go into effect. Here is a simple example: If your ophthalmologist had promised to improve your vision by 8 dioptres, but the final outcome is an improvement of only 7 dioptres, OPTIK-MED will repeat your laser treatment free of charge.

What do I have to do to become eagle-eyed?

Apply for a free pre-operative examination. If you are a suitable candidate, a laser eye surgery can be performed at a time scheduled with you in advance

Apply for a free pre-operative examination!