Laser eye surgery in London & Herts: options, process and cost | OCL Vision

Laser eye surgery is a quick and painless procedure to restore vision so that glasses or lenses are no longer needed.
Have a read of our content below to find out more about the different types, what’s involved, suitability, recovery and our prices.

What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a term used to describe a collection of procedures. It commonly corrects short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hypermetropia), astigmatism and reading vision problems (presbyopia).

Different laser eye surgery techniques are used to correct each condition. These corrections are achieved through the use of a laser which reshapes the cornea (the transparent part) and adjusts the focus of the eye. Laser eye surgery at our central London clinic is a brief procedure and is entirely painless due to the application of anaesthetic drops.

Types of Laser Eye Surgery

There are several different types of laser eye surgery techniques due to the varying conditions treated.

LASIK

The commonest type of laser eye surgery; 90%+ of patients are suitable. A flap is created in the cornea and reshaped underneath to the correct prescription. Most suited to treating long & short-sightedness and Astigmatism. PresbyMAX can be used to treat reading vision.

Read more

LASEK

LASEK is an alternative to LASIK for patients who have thinner corneas. The main difference is that a flap is not created so reshaping takes place on the surface, resulting in a longer recovery time. This also includes TransPRK with SmartSurf technology (no-touch technique).

Read more

SmartSight

SmartSight is the latest innovation in laser eye surgery. It uses a process called refractive lenticule extraction, first popularised by the SMILE™ procedure. This involves creating a corrective lens of tissue within the cornea. Click on the link below to find out more.

Read more

What is the process of laser eye surgery?

Find out more about the process of laser eye surgery, from initial consultation to aftercare and recovery.

1

Consultation

We’ll take you through the process of laser eye surgery step by step and explain the potential complications to help you to weigh up the risks and benefits in order to make an informed decision regarding laser eye surgery.

2

Treatment plan

Our consultants will tailor a bespoke laser eye treatment plan just for you, based on your current eye sight and personal needs.

3

Preparing for surgery

Our dedicated team of consultants, nurses and patient co-ordinators will take you through our laser eye surgery pre-op process ensuring all your questions are answered and you’re totally at ease.

4

The procedure

Using a combination of the Schwind ATOS femtosecond laser and the Schwind Amaris 1050RS Excimer laser, your surgeon will correct your vision. The procedure is not painful as anaesthetic drops are used to completely numb the surface of the eye. Both eyes are treated at the same time and the whole laser eye surgery typically takes around 10-15 minutes from start to finish.

5

Recovery

If you are about to have or have just had laser eye surgery you’ll want to know how to look after your eyes immediately after surgery to get the best results from your investment. We will let you know what to do, for example avoiding rubbing your eyes, avoiding contact with water, staying away from dirt and dust and wearing sunglasses.

6

Follow up consult

After your laser eye surgery, we’ll support you and review you again on a number of visits to make sure your eyes are healing well and that you’re getting on well with your new HD vision.

Who is eligible for laser eye surgery?

While most people are eligible for laser eye surgery, there are a few exceptions:

  • Under 18s it is not advised that people under 18 have laser eye surgery as their eyes are still changing
  • Pregnant womenPregnancy can affect eyesight, so women are advised to wait until after they have given birth before presenting themselves for surgery.
  • Your prescriptionYour prescription should be stable, ideally unchanged within the last two years, to ensure that the surgery will be effective. Laser eye surgery is most straightforward in a patient with a prescription in the normal range, usually between -10D and +7.25D.
  • Medical conditionsSome medical conditions can affect your suitability for laser eye surgery. Eye conditions like blepharitis leave you at a greater risk of infection, while general conditions like diabetes and epilepsy may render you unsuitable for this particular treatment if they are not under control. If the condition is well-managed however, you may be fine, so always seek advice.

Find out more about suitability for laser eye surgery here

Find out more

Recovery after laser eye surgery

Your eyes will start healing as soon as the procedure is over and you should see the results of your vision improvement immediately. You will be able to see things much more accurately but there may be a little blurriness shortly after surgery while your eyes stabilise so it’s important to arrange someone to meet you following surgery. 

After 24- 48 hours the majority of patients are fully recovered and able to go about their usual day to day activities but this can vary depending on the type of laser eye surgery undergone.

Read more here to find out more about recovery after surgery and common questions asked.

How much does it cost?

LASIK, LASEK, PRK

  • Initial consultation
  • Follow-up appointments
  • 15 year aftercare guarantee
Total Cost
£1975 - £2475
per eye
Finance From
£74 p/m
per eye
From £74 for 24 months 0% APR
See finance options Get a quote

SmartSight

  • Initial consultation
  • Follow-up appointments
  • 15 year aftercare guarantee
Total Cost
£2150 - £2475
per eye
Finance From
£81 p/m
per eye
From £81 for 24 months 0% APR
See finance options Get a quote

LASER
Blended Vision

  • Initial consultation
  • Follow-up appointments
Total Cost
£4950
both eyes
Finance From
both eyes
both eyes
From £186 for 24 months 0% APR
See finance options Get a quote

LASER
Presbymax

  • Initial consultation
  • Follow-up appointments
Total Cost
£2750
per eye
Finance From
£103 p/m
per eye
From £103 for 24 months 0% APR
See finance options Get a quote

Laser eye surgery: ask the surgeons

Laser eye surgery FAQs

We understand that laser eye surgery is a big decision, and you may have questions. Here we answer some of the most common questions from our patients. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0203 369 2020.

Is laser eye surgery safe?

Yes! Laser eye surgery is one of the safest vision correction procedures. Technology has evolved and our elite surgeons can help you achieve the best results possible with little to no pain.

More Info
Is laser eye surgery worth it?

In our view, laser eye surgery is worth it. Combined with the obvious lifestyle benefits, you will likely find that the cost of the procedure works out at less than the total cost of contact lenses, glasses, eye check ups and other expenses over your lifetime.

More Info
How long will it take to recover?

Most people are able to resume normal daily activities 24 hours after laser eye surgery. You should notice clearer vision immediately after your surgery. You should wait a little longer before doing certain activities such as exercise. Find out more on our recovery page.

More Info
When can I get laser eye surgery done?

At OCL Vision, our minimum age for laser eye surgery is normally 21, although there are occasional exceptions. This is because the eyes often continue to change into early adulthood or even mid-twenties. There is no upper age limit for laser eye surgery, but for patients who have begun to develop presbyopia a different type of surgery may be needed to correct for both distance and reading vision.

More Info
What does the cost of laser eye surgery include?

The cost of laser eye surgery at OCL Vision includes the consultation, surgery itself, aftercare and our 15 year guarantee.

More Info

Our locations

We have a number of clinic locations in London and Hertfordshire. This includes our central London clinic close to Harley Street, our Hertfordshire clinic in Elstree, Moorfields Eye Hospital or our clinic in Chiswick, West London.

See our locations
new cavendish place

Last updated on October 6th, 2022 by Ms Masara Laginaf