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Laser Eye Surgery

What is it?

Laser eye surgery, or laser vision correction, involves using lasers to reshape the front surface (cornea) of your eyes so that you can focus better. It can correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.

Who is it suitable for?

Laser eye surgery is suitable for most people over 18 to about 45. Ideally your eye prescription will have stayed more or less the same for about 2 years. By way of difference, Refractive Lens Exchange surgery will probably be more suitable if you have a high spectacle prescription and / or be over 45 years old.

What does it involve?

TThere are 3 main types of laser eye surgery: LASIK, SMILE and surface laser treatments.

  • LASIK – this is done with 2 lasers, one to open up a thin flap in the surface of the cornea, and another to reshape the cornea underneath. The protective flap is then smoothed back over and stays in place without stitches.
  • SMILE – the surgeon reshapes your cornea through a small, self-sealing hole.
  • Surface laser treatments (PRK, LASEK and TransPRK) – the clear skin covering the cornea is removed so the surgeon can reshape your cornea with a laser. The skin then grows back naturally.
Use of lasers in lens surgery

Femtosecond lasers are sometimes now used in a preparatory stage before going through to the operating theatre. Femtosecond lasers are costly and provide no proven benefit for your vision after RLE or cataract surgery, but they may make some stages of the operation (capsulotomy in particular) easier for surgeons to perform safely and consistently. This additional laser stage takes about five minutes, and is performed using eye-drops to anaesthetise your eye.

If you have any questions about laser eye surgery please do contact us by calling 07508 362 450 or click here to email us and we'll call you back.

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