Frequently asked questions

Many questions often arise with eye disorders and their treatments. Our specialists and staff will answer all your questions in an understandable and clear manner. Here you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Is your question not listed? Please contact us via info@zien.be.

  • What are the risks assiociated with the procedure?

    Just as with any operation, there is always a chance of infection. If an infection is going to develop, it will usually do so within the first week following the procedure. If this happens, the eye turns red and becomes painful, and the visual acuity deteriorates quickly and significantly. If you have any one of these symptoms, it is important that you contact us quickly so that an appropriate treatment can be initiated as soon as possible.

    Good hand hygiene is also important when administering eye drops.

  • Will it be painful?

    The procedure will be performed under topical (eye drops) anaesthesia, so you will not feel any pain. You may, however, experience a slight pressure on the eye during the procedure. For several hours after the treatment, some patients experience a slight burning sensation, therefore we recommend sleeping or keeping the eyes closed during that time.

  • Are both eyes treated at the same time?

    This is possible but depends on the type of treatment.

  • When may I return to work

    In principle, you may return to work the day after the procedure. If you work in an extremely dusty environment or if you have a profession where your eyesight is especially important, we recommend a longer leave period from work.

  • How long before the eyes are stable again?

    The eyesight recovers very quickly. Most patients can already see well on the day of the operation. Although it takes approximately one month before the eyes are stable and the eyesight stops fluctuating.

  • Will I still need glasses after the procedure?

    This depends on the type of procedure you are having done.

    Most patients who choose the multifocal lenses will be free of glasses. In approximately 10% of the cases, though, it is possible that you will have to wear reading glasses for the very fine print.

    If you choose a laser treatment, you will need reading glasses starting at around the age of 40 to 45. This has nothing to do with the treatment but is just related to the normal ageing process of the eye.

  • What about reimbursement?

    Reimbursement from the National Health Service is possible when you submit your receipt (certificate for reimbursement), and an additional reimbursement is possible under a number of the hospital insurance policies (DKV, AXA, Allianz, KBC, Van Breda International, AG, ….).