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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 technology in our clinics, we have ensured that our surgeons have access to the most advanced technological innovations in refractive surgery. This allows us to provide exceptional clinical expertise, outstanding surgical outcomes, and a comprehensive aftercare programme. Optical Express offers expert eye care for patients of all ages; in addition to being the number one provider of laser eye surgery in the UK.

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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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Not sure about laser eye surgery?   

Laser eye surgery isn't for everyone, and we completely understand if you decide against it. However, for the majority of people, confusion around the subject of eye surgery often stands in the way of what could be a life-changing decision. That's why we've tried to address as many of the common queries, thoughts and reservations that stop people from having surgery in the sections below. 


What is it?

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 painless, and you won't have to take weeks off work in order to get it done.

The key players involved with laser eye surgery are the laser and your cornea – that's the dome-shaped 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.


Who can have it?

Because of rapid advances in technology, 90% of Optical Express patients are now suitable for an eye surgery that could transform their vision and enhance their lives.

For people who have to deal with the inconvenience of glasses or costs associated with contact lenses, laser eye surgery offers an affordable and painless 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 it dangerous?

No it isn't.

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. 

But just because over 30 million others have decided to have the surgery, that's not to say you have to. However, if the main reason you don't want to go through with the procedure is because you're nervous of the potential risks, it's worth bearing in mind that less than 1% of patients have experienced complications, while the vast majority return to work within a few days. 

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.


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.

While iLasik surgery uses two computer-guided, cool lasers to refocus the eye, Lasek only uses one without the need for a protective flap. Both are highly effective when it comes to correcting low, moderate and high prescriptions.

How much does it 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. Because these costs have a nasty habit of adding up, you might find you'd be much better off investing in a treatment that could potentially save you from paying out for eyewear forever.

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

What do I do after surgery?

Your recovery time can depend on a variety of different things, like the type of treatment you've had and your working environment. We recommend that you take the day after your surgery off.

You can return to work whenever you feel comfortable with your vision. Most iLasik patients go back to work within 24 hours of surgery, while Lasek patients normally take four to five days.

Obviously, every patient is different, and we'd rather not put a set time limit for each. Instead, we offer a free consultation service – which should help to answer any questions you might have about your recovery.