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What is LASIK eye surgery?

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a laser vision correction procedure and the most common type of laser eye surgery. Other options include LASEK (laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy), Trans-PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), and ReLEx (laser lenticule extraction). 

At Oculase, we specialise in personalised, consultant-led treatment with one of London’s top laser eye surgeons, Mr Tariq Ayoub. We blend holistic treatment with traditional procedures so you can get the most out of your treatment journey and achieve better vision. 

Learn more about your options for laser eye surgery here. 

What can LASIK eye surgery correct?

LASIK can be used to correct the following conditions you may experience: 

  • Myopia (short-sightedness) – this a condition in which your ability to see far away distances is affected
  • Hyperopia (long-sightedness) – this a condition in which your ability to see up close is affected
  • Astigmatism – this is a condition that can cause you to develop a rugby ball-shaped eyeball that can cause you to develop blurry vision
  • Presbyopia – this a condition that can affect your ability to read visually 

If you suffer from any of these refractive errors, speak to one of our consultant ophthalmologists (eye specialists) to discuss whether LASIK surgery may be the right treatment for you.  

Costs

At Oculase, we offer FREE video consultations. Prices for the procedure can vary depending on its complexity, but standard laser eye surgery (LASIK/Trans-PRK/LASEK) starts from £1,900 per eye. Contact our clinic to discuss how you can pay at Oculase or arrange a free video consultation. 

What results can I expect? 

You can achieve 20/20 vision or better after LASIK surgery.  

This will allow you the freedom to do your day-to-day activities without the need for glasses or contact lenses. You can enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, or playing your favourite sport without any hassle.  Laser eye surgery can also help you achieve the precision vision required to become a pilot 

Laser eye surgery has a good track record, as complications are rare, and most people are satisfied with the results. If you are wondering whether laser eye surgery is right for you, book a consultation with one of our highly trained team members today. 

Watch our patient testimonials to hear more about patients’ experiences and results of laser eye surgery. 

How is LASIK surgery performed?

LASIK eye surgery involves reshaping the cornea (the front surface of your eye). Before deciding on this treatment, we will need to assess your eyes to determine your suitability.

You will have a thorough consultation with one of our specialists to discuss your eye and general health. We will also explain the risks, possible complications, and what to expect from the procedure.

Before

Before we begin, we will need to measure your eye to determine exactly what you need to correct your vision.

Contact lenses change the natural shape of your cornea, so you will need to stop wearing them for a few days to a few weeks before your procedure.

On the day of the surgery, we will place numbing eye drops in your eye before we start. You will be awake during the procedure. General anaesthetic is not commonly used due to the risks it can cause during surgery.

We will use an eyelid speculum (a device that holds the eyelids apart) to ensure you don’t blink during the procedure. The laser machine is also programmed to stop immediately when there is movement. This means if you do blink or sneeze, for example, you will be safe.

During

LASIK eye surgery is a flap-based treatment in which we create a flap that allows a laser to change the shape of your cornea.

Watch our video to learn how we perform LASIK surgery.

After

After the procedure, you won’t need any bandages. We will give you a post-operative assessment, and then you will be able to go home.

You will need to arrange for someone else to drive you home. We also advise you not to do any strenuous activities or exercise for the next week, and you shouldn’t swim for two weeks. You should also avoid rubbing your eyes for at least a week.

Recovery is usually quick, and you should see significant results from the procedure within 24 hours. Your eyes may feel slightly sore after the procedure, though this is normal.

Check our blog on the benefits of LASIK laser eye surgery.

How long does LASIK surgery last?

Most people with LASIK surgery will have good to excellent vision for years or decades after their procedure, and the procedure has a high satisfaction rate with patients. 

People with a higher prescription before surgery may experience myopic regression. This is when your vision quality decreases slightly over time. During your initial consultation, your ophthalmologist will discuss your risk of this happening. 

If your eyesight has deteriorated over time due to natural ageing and you need glasses again, you may be wondering whether you can have LASIK surgery for a second time. In most cases, further treatment is possible, even longer than a decade or two after the initial laser vision. Your surgeon will tell you which procedure is safest to have. 

Contact us if you’re interested in having a second laser eye surgery, and we can advise you on the best treatment plan. 

Is there an age limit for LASIK eye surgery?

At Oculase, we recommend that you be over 21, as you need a stable prescription before committing to the procedure. In general, you must be at least over 18 to have LASIK eye surgery. 

After the age of 40, you may be more prone to developing a condition called presbyopia. This can affect your suitability for this surgery. Presbyopia can be treated with blended-monovision LASIK. 

There is no strict upper age limit. After 55, we may recommend a lens-based treatment instead, such as refractive lens exchange. 

Is LASIK eye surgery safe?

We consider LASIK surgery to be a safe, pain-free procedure. Its complication rate is low, and its side effects are usually uncommon and temporary. 

Side effects of LASIK surgery

  • Temporary dry eyes after the procedure – we will provide eye drops (artificial tears) to counter this 
  • Glares or halos at night 
  • Sensitivity to light immediately after the procedure 
  • Small bruises on your eyes 
  • Risk of flap problems 
  • Vision loss – this is a rare side effect of LASIK, with severe vision loss being very rare 

Your ophthalmologist will discuss the possible risks before your procedure and inform you of the likelihood of each, given your circumstances. 

Read our blog, ‘Is laser vision correction surgery safe?’, to learn more about the risks of laser eye surgery and whether it is safe. 

Book an appointment

If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, speak to a specialist at Oculase for advice. 

We can offer a thorough consultation, provide treatment options, and work with you to decide on the right course of treatment. If you are not suitable for LASIK, we will recommend you the best alternative. 

Our specialists are compassionate, experienced, and safe. They pride themselves on the high quality of their work. With their extensive experience, they can holistically manage complex eye conditions to deliver the best patient care. 

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FAQs

    Suitability is dependent on:

    • Your glasses prescription
    • Your eye examination
    • Results of eye scans performed at your consultation
    • Thickness of your cornea
    • Your lifestyle
    • Your work and hobbies

    During your consultation, our specialists will discuss whether LASIK is suitable for you, depending on your personal circumstances.

    After your consultation, our specialists will discuss your treatment options with you. If you are not suitable for laser eye surgery, we may suggest alternative options to help your vision problems. 

    Implantable contacts can be a good option for people who are too nearsighted to qualify for LASIK. 

    The surgery is generally pain-free, as anaesthesia in the form of drops is used to numb the eye during the procedure.

    You can drive again when your vision meets the legal standard. This is typically one week after surgery. Our consultants will discuss your personal circumstances with you during your consultation.

    It can take up to three months to recover fully from laser eye surgery and return to all sporting activities, including contact sports. During that time, you will have several follow-up appointments to ensure you get the best results.

    Here’s a quick guide to when you can resume specific fitness activities after laser eye surgery:

    • Jogging – 1 week
    • Aerobic exercise – 1 week
    • Yoga/pilates – 1 week
    • Weightlifting – 2 weeks
    • Sauna/steam room – 1 month
    • Swimming – 1 month
    • Football, non-contact martial arts – 1 month
    • Skiing, tennis, squash, cricket – 3 months
    • Scuba diving >30ft – 3 months

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