Laser Eye Surgery
Overview | Video FAQs | Procedure | Comparison | Suitability | Benefits | Risks | Recovery | Costs
What is laser eye surgery?
Using advanced laser technology, laser eye surgery is a simple procedure used to correct myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness), presbyopia (reading vision) and astigmatism (rugby ball-shaped eyes). These are all examples of refractive errors.
There are two common types, both of which involve reshaping the cornea:
- LASIK (flap-based treatments)
- Trans-PRK/LASEK (surface-based treatments)
We also call these laser vision correction procedures. This procedure eliminates the need for wearing glasses or using contact lenses.
How does laser eye surgery work?
When a person has perfect vision, light rays travel through their eyes and sit on the retina. If there are bumps, making the cornea uneven, the light bends. These imperfections cause refractive errors, such as astigmatism.
Laser eye surgery uses a laser beam to correct these imperfections. This makes the cornea smooth, so the light sits on the retina rather than bending, which sharpens your vision.
Is the surgery painful?
The surgery is generally pain-free as we use anaesthetic eye drops to numb the eye. After Trans-PRK/LASEK, the eyes may be painful for 2-3 days after surgery. However, we will give you drops and tablets to alleviate any pain. Learn more about this here: Does laser eye surgery hurt?
What is the difference between LASIK and Trans-PRK/LASEK?
LASIK is the most common type of laser eye surgery worldwide. During LASIK, we apply a suction ring to the eye to secure it, create a thin flap on the cornea, and then use a laser to reshape the cornea and correct your vision. We gently reposition the flap at the end of the procedure.
Trans-PRK and LASEK involve applying laser treatments directly to the cornea’s surface to reshape it. We don’t create a flap during this procedure. Trans-PRK is best described as a no-touch technique for laser vision correction – no cutting, no touching, and no flaps. Our specialists prefer trans-PRK over LASEK for their patients.
Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?
Most people over 18 are suitable for laser eye surgery. During your consultation, our ophthalmologist will evaluate your eyes thoroughly to determine if you are a candidate.
We will assess:
- Your glasses prescription
- Your eye examination
- Eye scan results – we may perform these scans in your consultation
- The thickness of your cornea
- Your lifestyle, work, and hobbies
Based on the results of your evaluation, our specialists will advise you on whether you are suitable for laser eye surgery. If you are not, our specialists can suggest an alternative procedure to improve your vision, such as implantable contact lens (ICL) or refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery. We discuss these further in our blog: Do you need vision correction surgery?
What are the benefits of laser eye surgery?
The main aim of laser eye surgery is to correct your vision and allow you to live without relying on glasses and contact lenses.
Additional benefits include:
- Ability to play sports more easily
- No more expensive prescriptions
- Free from the risk of contact lenses
- Long-term solution
- Pain-free procedure
- High success rate
- Fast results
Our blog – What are the benefits of LASIK laser eye surgery? – discusses these benefits in more detail.
Risks and side effects
After the procedure, you may experience some temporary side effects, such as red marks on your eyes, glare or halos, double or blurred vision, and your eyes may feel gritty or dry. These may last a couple of days to a few weeks. Your eyes may also feel sore.
Speak to one of our specialists if you have any concerns after the procedure. They are happy to answer your questions and provide reassurance.
The complication rate of laser eye surgery is low as it is a highly safe and effective procedure.
Most people can return to work two to three days after LASIK and four to five days after Trans-PRK/LASEK. However, we recommend avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous activity for two weeks after surgery. Our specialists will discuss your circumstances with you and how long your recovery may take during your consultation.
It can take up to three months to recover fully from laser eye surgery and to be able to return to all sporting activities, especially contact sports. In that time, you will have several follow-up appointments to ensure you get the best results.
Watch one of our testimonial videos to hear from those who have had laser eye surgery at Oculase.
At Oculase, we offer FREE video consultations for laser eye surgery. Prices for the procedure can vary depending on its complexity, but laser eye surgery (LASIK/trans-PRK/LASEK) starts from £1,900 per eye, and a complex prescription may start at £2,450 per eye at our clinic. To discuss how you can pay at Oculase or arrange a free video consultation, contact our clinic.
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Laser eye surgery improves your vision using advanced laser technology and provides freedom from glasses and contact lenses. Book a consultation today to discover what we can do for you.
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