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 in our Central London clinic is a brief procedure and is entirely painless due to the application of anaesthetic drops.
There are several different types of laser eye surgery techniques due to the varying conditions treated.
The most common type of laser eye surgery is LASIK, with over 90% of patients being suitable. A flap is created in the cornea and reshaped underneath to the correct prescription. It is most suited to treating long & short-sightedness (Myopia & Hyperopia) and Astigmatism.
LASEK is an alternative to LASIK for patients who have thinner corneas. The main difference with the procedure is a flap is not created so reshaping takes place on the surface which results in recovery time taking longer.
Other types include SMILE, presbymax and blended vision. The best choice for you will depend on your own individual eye health, medical history and personal preferences. You can read more information on the different types of laser eye surgery and which technique may be best suited to you here.
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 Zeimer Z8 femtosecond laser and the Schwind Amaris 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.
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.
While most people are eligible for laser eye surgery, there are a few exceptions:
Find out more about suitability for laser eye surgery here
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.
The costs below are both eyes and include an initial consultation and follow-up appointments.
£3950, or £148 over 24 months
LASIK for complex prescriptions
£5000, or £188 over 24 months
LASEK (advanced surface ablation)
£3950 or £148 over 24 months
Laser Blended Vision for Reading Vision
£5000, or £188 over 24 months
Finance Options/Interest Free Credit
We also offer 0% interest finance options making it easier to spread the cost of surgery over up to 24 months.
A minimum 10% deposit is required and the balance is split over your chosen monthly period of either 6, 10, 12, 18 or 24 months at a rate of 0% APR.
Get in touch to find out more about our flexible pricing options and how we can make it work for you.
For the majority of cases, laser eye surgery is permanent and patients can enjoy lifelong benefits of surgery. The exception to this is in younger patients where your eyes may change over time. It’s common for people’s eyes to start changing in their late 40’s due to a condition called presbyopia (reading vision problems). As a result, you may require reading glasses for close work such as reading a book.
Our laser eye surgeon Romesh Angunawela, explains that “you can have further laser vision treatment done later in life to have a little adjustment” which will fix these issues. Find out more about the lasting effects of laser eye surgery here.
Laser eye surgeon, Ali Mearza says “the simple answers is no, laser eye surgery doesn’t hurt”.
While there may be some pressure felt during the short surgery, local anesthetic numbs feeling before and during the procedure and no pain is felt.
Laser eye surgeon, Allon Barsam explains “With modern technology the risk of laser eye surgery is less than a lifetime of contact lens wear. However some risks still do occur, the most common being dry eye. ”
Find out more about potential risks involved and ways to reduce risk here
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