LASIK surgery in London
LASIK surgery is one of the most commonly used and most effective laser eye surgery techniques available to patients today. As one of the largest and most populated cities in the world, the city of London is able to provide a range of treatment options to meet the needs of visitors and residents who seek high quality eye care.
LASIK laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery works by changing the shape of the cornea to focus light that passes through the eye on to the retina. This reduces the distortion of light and creates a more focused and clear image.
LASIK is one of a few laser eye surgery treatments specifically designed to improve sight to the extent that corrective lenses and glasses are no longer required to see clearly. Just like LASEK, it can be used to correct many conditions including myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism.
As a major global city, London has a lot to offer for people who are considering LASIK surgery. It is a treatment that is available to most people who rely on glasses to see clearly, however to qualify for this treatment a detailed assessment will need to be carried out by your doctor to determine if LASIK is the right treatment for your condition.
Although LASIK is generally considered to be a low risk procedure, deciding to have treatment shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re thinking about using a surgeon or clinic in London, make sure you are able to communicate with them to discuss your needs without any difficulty or limitations. This is particularly important if you live outside of London. You need to feel confident that you can work with your eye doctor to mutually agree on the best way to move forward with the procedure.
Some hospitals and clinics in London provide a free, no obligation, consultation with an eye care specialist. During the consultation the surgeon appointed to you will carry out a physical assessment and discuss the treatment options available to you based on your requirements and the condition of your eye.
Who is LASIK laser eye surgery for?
LASIK surgery requires the lens of your eye to be of average thickness. If the lens is too thin it may not be possible to have this treatment because a thin lens will make it impossible to create the flap on the surface of the eye, which is a necessary part of the procedure.
Cost of LASIK surgery in London
The cost of laser surgery in London will vary based on which hospital or clinic you choose, whether the treatment is carried out on one or both eyes and, in some cases, the number of sessions needed to achieve the desired outcome.
LASIK surgery in London can cost in the region of £1200 to £2,500 per eye.
To learn more about the cost of LASIK surgery in London you should enquire with a care provider who can do an assessment and give you a quote. Please see our featured London clinics below or contact us through the enquiry form on this page.
Featured laser eye surgery clinics in London
Optegra is a leading eye healthcare provider with hospitals and clinics across the UK specialising in a full spectrum of ophthalmic procedures. With two very well located hospitals in London they are able to offer a variety of laser eye surgery treatments to meet the needs of patients. The treatments available include; LASEK, LASIK and SMILE.
Optegra’s Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons are some of the best in the industry . Each surgeons is NHS trained and a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO), treating over 1 million eyes to date.
Optimax is a UK laser eye surgery specialist and has been providing quality care to patients since 1991. Since then they have carried out over 380,000 procedure in clinics across the UK. Today they have over 20 clinics nationwide with 3 located in London. The treatments provided by Optimax are LASEK and LASIK.
As a highly regarded laser eye specialist, with clinics in London, Optimax clinics are regulated and accredited by the CQC which ensures the highest standards of care are consistently met.
Financing LASIK Eye Surgery in London
If you’re not fortunate enough to have the cash to pay for the full cost of your treatment it is possible to pay for surgery using other payment methods. Most laser eye surgery providers in London accept credit cards. This is often the quickest and easiest way to complete your transaction. If you can shop around, you may even be able to get a card that offers a fixed interest free period, saving you money.
Alternatively, some care providers offer financial services through a broker they have an agreement with.
If neither of these options are viable, getting finance directly through a bank, building society or broker could be an alternative solution.
When considering finance, it’s important to make sure you are clear on how much you’re borrowing, what the interest rate is, how much your monthly payments are and the total repayment. This is the only way to gauge whether the deal is good for you.
Medical and healthcare accreditation for clinics in London
When looking into laser eye surgery options, you want to make sure you’re making the best decision and to make the best decision you need to know what to look for. A good place to start an assessment of a care provider is to look at their accreditations and associations.
The most recognised medical associations and accreditations in the UK are:
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is an independent professional body and one of the Medical Royal Colleges. They have the responsibility to regulate ophthalmology in the UK and set standards, training and examinations to people aiming to become ophthalmologists.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is a non-departmental public body of the Department of Health and Social Care and is there to regulate both private and public health and social care services in England. Its role is to make sure health and care providers in the UK provide patients safe and quality care.
The General Medical Council is a public body that manages the official register for doctors in the UK. It is the body responsible for protecting and maintaining the health and safety of the public. It does this by controlling registration and, when necessary, removing or suspending members.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England is an independent professional body and charity tasked to promote and advance standards of surgical care for patients.
Traveling to London for LASIK Eye Surgery
London is one of the best-connected cities in the world with six airports receiving passengers from across the UK and abroad. Having so many low-cost flight operators based in the London area means it’s often possible to find very cheap flights to and from the capital.
There is a huge selection of train operators that connect London with all major towns and cities in the UK. Price and travel times will vary. To compare train services please visit Trainline
Like trains, there is a larger selection of bus companies that travel between London and other major cities. To find and compare low cost bus journeys visit CheckMyBus.