Laser Eye Surgery

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Laser eye surgery is a procedure designed to correct vision with the use of lasers. It works by altering the shape of the cornea to adjust the way light enters the eye. As a result of this procedure, it’s possible to correct visual imperfections like short-sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism.

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Laser Eye Surgery Explained

Laser eye surgery is a procedure designed to correct vision with the use of lasers. It works by altering the shape of the cornea to adjust the way light enters the eye. As a result of this procedure, it’s possible to correct visual imperfections like short sight, long sight and astigmatism.

Laser eye surgery is an extremely popular procedure that was developed in the early 80’s by an Indian-American chemist and inventor, Srinivasan Rangswamy. Since its invention, laser eye surgery has been carried out on over 45 million people. This number continues to grow with ever-increasing demand for the procedure, which is becoming almost as common as the use of contact lenses.

There are three main types of laser eye surgery. These are LASIK, SMILE and Surface Laser Treatments (PRK, LASEK and TransPRK). The results of all three types of surgery are very similar but to find out which is most suitable for you, you’ll need to consult your surgeon.

Laser eye treatments are a safe, affordable and effective way to achieve long term results and is suitable for people aged between 18 and 40. The procedure is pain-free and can be done in half an hour. Recovery time is also very short, with most people being able to return to normal activity within 24 hours of treatment.

Why have laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery is used to reshape the cornea of the eye with the use of a beam of light.  Adjusting the cornea allows to control the way light is shined to the back of the eye, focusing the image.

Here are some reasons why people choose to have laser eye surgery:

  • Improve vision
  • Don’t want to use contact lenses or glasses
  • No longer want to deal with the ongoing cost of buying glasses or contact lenses
  • Be more active
  • Be more confident
  • Improve self-esteem

How much does laser eye surgery cost?

The cost of laser eye surgery can vary from person to person.  There are many reasons for this including, but not limited to, where you choose to have the surgery, the type of surgery carried out and whether additional treatment is required to achieve the desired outcome.

Generally, the cost of laser eye surgery in the UK is in the range of £3,500 to £5,000, with a median average cost of £4,300.

The cost of laser eye surgery is very reasonable, especially when you consider the savings made from not having to purchase new glasses or contact lenses.

How to choose where to go for laser eye surgery?

Typically, when looking for a hospital or clinic in the UK you should check to see if they’re registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC are the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, responsible for monitoring and regulating hospital and care services. There you will be able to access reports and ratings to help you make the best choice

At Mhc, we have developed a user-friendly healthcare directory portal for people looking for treatments, like laser eye surgery, to easily search for, find and contact hospitals and clinics in the UK. To make things even easier for patients and visitors, we take extra care to ensure that all clinics and hospitals we work with are registered with the CQC.

In addition to finding a place to have laser eye surgery, you should also research and consider the doctor who will carry out the surgery. All doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). There you can access the surgeon’s work history.

Although Mhc can help you find a clinic, hospital or doctor, we recommend you thoroughly assess and research the care providers you choose before moving forward.

What is Laser eye surgery?

Vision correct with the use of a laser has been around for over 30 years and has been carried out on millions of people. It involves shining a concentrated beam of light on to the surface of the eye, also known as the cornea. By reshaping the cornea, it is possible to adjust the way light entering the eye is focused into the back of the eye.

Laser eye surgery can be carried out on most people over the age of 18 who’s eye prescriptions have stayed the same for a significant period of time.

What’s involved in laser eye surgery?

The surgery is expected to take around 20 minutes to complete. You’ll be expected to remain at the clinic for an hour to be checked by your surgeon before being discharged.

There are three main types of laser eye surgery. They are:

LASIK: This procedure is done with the use of two lasers. One laser opens the protective surface of the cornea, allowing the other laser to reshape the cornea itself. The protective layer that we opened by the first laser is then closed and sealed without the use of stitches.

SMILE: Cornea is reshaped through a small whole.

Surface laser treatments: The protective surface of the cornea is removed which allows the surgeon to reshape the cornea as necessary using a laser. The protective layer grows back naturally after a few days.

PRK, LASEK and TransPRK all fall under this category of laser eye procedures.

After laser eye surgery and recovery

After your surgery you may find your eyes are more sensitive to light than usual. As a result of this you’ll need to wear sunglasses for some time after the procedure. You may also be advised to rest your eye and have some sleep following the surgery to reduce any discomfort you might experience.

Recovery time for LASIK surgery is particularly quick. You can expect to get back to your normal way of life within 24 hours of the procedure.

For other types of laser eye surgery like LASEK recovery time can take up to a week.

During consultation with your surgeon, you’ll be presented with a recovery plan outlining everything you need to know.

Side effects of laser eye surgery and complications

After your surgery you may experience the following effects:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Some discomfort
  • Dry eyes
  • Some mild pain

Laser eye surgery is thought to be one of the safest procedures to have. However, like many medical procedures there is some level of risk.

Here are some possible complications:

  • Over or under correction – may require additional surgery to correct.
  • Drooping eyelids – should go back to normal after some time, if it happens at all
  • Eye infection
  • Hazy vision

A more comprehensive discussion on the risks and side effect of laser eye surgery should be had with your surgeon.

Consideration before treatment

Things to consider before laser eye

Choosing to have cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.

Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?

Here are some things you should think about:

  • How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
  • How long do you need to take off work?
  • When will you start to see the results you expect?
  • When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
  • Are the results of the surgery permanent?
  • What do you need to do to maintain the results of the procedure?
  • If you have children, do you need childcare during recovery?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready to go ahead with laser eye surgery, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you can gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.