LASIK laser eye surgery is the most commonly performed treatment at Ophthalmic Consultants of London.
Your eyes see by allowing light to enter through the cornea (the front part of the eye) and focus on the retina. The information is then communicated to the brain via the optic nerve.
Most people with poor eyesight have eyeballs that are either too long or too short in relation to the size of the cornea. Eyeballs which are relatively long mean that images focus in front of the retina, making you short-sighted. Eyeballs that are relatively short mean that images focus behind the retina, making you long-sighted.
Laser eye surgery reshapes your corneas with precision accuracy so that light will focus directly on your retinas. The result is that you will be able to see clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
We’ll take you through the process 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.
LASIK eye surgery is completely painless and the whole procedure typically takes around 10-15 minutes from start to finish. Anaesthetic drops are used to completely numb the surface of each eye. A femtosecond laser creates an ultra-thin flap in the cornea, and the surgeon will gently reflect the flap so that the second laser (the excimer laser) can reshape the cornea. A state-of-the-art pupil tracking device ensures accuracy and safety. If the eye moves during surgery the laser will follow the eye or automatically stop if necessary. The surgeon will then reposition the flap before moving on to the other eye.
Some patients experience dryness of their eyes, reduced night vision, glare and infection after LASIK eye surgery. These symptoms are usually temporary.
If you are about to have or have just had LASIK 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, contact with water, staying away from dirt and dust and wearing sunglasses.
The costs below are both eyes and include an initial consultation and follow-up appointments.
LASIK for complex prescriptions
LASEK (advanced surface ablation)
Laser Blended Vision for Reading Vision
Find out more about our pricing and the initial consultation required.
Laser eye surgery was first approved in 1995, but the procedure has developed considerably since then. The 1995 procedure was called Photorefractive keratectomy or PRK. During PRK, the outer surface of the cornea is removed and the laser works directly on the corneal tissue to change its shape and improve vision. PRK has longer recovery time and a higher risk of infection than other laser eye procedures. Despite this, PRK is still available and in some cases is the most suitable option. LASEK is a variation on PRK.
LASIK eye surgery has been available since 1999, overcoming the issues associated with earlier forms of laser eye surgery. Using lasers for both the incision under the cornea and the change to its curvature means that it’s easy to control, has predictable results, it’s relatively painless and comes with very short recovery time.