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Laser Eye Surgery

Optical Express has been looking after the vision and health of our patients’ eyes for over twenty years. With over £400 million invested in Optical Express clinics and technologies, we've made sure both you and our surgeons have access to the most technologically advanced refractive surgery. This allows us to provide exceptional clinical expertise, outstanding surgical outcomes, and a comprehensive aftercare programme.

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Meet Christopher, 21, who works for Greater Manchester Police. In his video, he takes us through his journey towards choosing laser eye surgery.

He tells us that his struggle with sight began at age five, as he discusses his concerns, his procedure, and how his life has completely changed post-surgery.

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What is Laser Eye Surgery?

In short, laser eye surgery is the restoration of sight by a cool beam of light via a state-of-the-art laser. As a practice, laser eye surgery is something that's been used for over 30 years to restore the vision of over 30 million people worldwide. Not only that, it is also quick, affordable and you won't have to take weeks off work in order to have it undertaken.

The key components involved in laser eye surgery are the laser and your cornea (that's the window that covers the front of your eye). Laser eye surgery adjusts the curvature of your cornea to 'fine-tune' the focus of your eye, which in turn, makes your vision a lot sharper than it was before.

What types of Laser Eye Surgery are there?

The most common two methods of performing laser surgery for eyes are LASIK eye surgery and LASEK eye surgery. Both methods can be enhanced by iDesign: an innovative diagnostic examination technology, that drives the delivery of treatment.

What's the difference between LASIK and LASEK Laser Eye Surgery?

  • LASIK surgery uses two computer-guided, cool lasers to refocus the eye
  • LASEK only uses one without the need for a protective flap. LASEK may be a better option for an individual with a thinner cornea.

Both are highly effective when it comes to correcting low, moderate and high prescriptions.

How long does Laser Eye Surgery take?

Due to our state-of-the-art technology and expert surgeons, the surgery will only take around 10 minutes per eye. The procedure is incredibly straightforward and should enhance your vision for both eyes on the same day. Your surgeon will provide you with Laser Eye Surgery recovery and aftercare advice to help make sure quick and successful results are achieved post-surgery.

I was told I couldn't have Laser Eye Surgery...

As a result of rapid advances in technology, 90% of Optical Express patients now meet our criteria for suitability.

For people who have to deal with the inconvenience of glasses or costs associated with contact lenses , laser eye surgery offers an affordable solution. Our technology can now correct long-sightedness (hyperopia), short-sightedness (myopia) and astigmatism to a higher standard than ever before.

Even those who have been told that they weren't suitable for eye surgery in the past may now find that they are suitable. To see if you fall into this category, simply book a consultation with our clinical team and see what options are open to you.

Is Laser Eye Surgery dangerous?

Over 30 million people have had laser eye surgery – a figure which places it as the most common form of elective surgery not just in the UK, but in the world.

There are plenty of myths out there about laser eye surgery, and we've tried to debunk as many of them as possible in our 'Myths about Laser Eye Surgery' page – so if you're still unsure, it's well worth doing a little more reading.

How much does Laser Eye Surgery cost?

As technology and methods have improved, the costs involved for patients have come down considerably.

The best way to work out if laser eye surgery has the potential to save you money (as well as improving your eyesight) is to work out how much you're currently spending on contact lenses and glasses. These costs have a nasty habit of adding up and you might find you'd be much better off investing in a treatment that could potentially save you from paying out for eyewear.

There are a range of finance options available at Optical Express too and if you'd like to view all the options for yourself, be sure to check out our Laser Eye Surgery Costs and Finance page.