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