Laser eye treatment will transform your sight and change your life. The results are dramatic.
Over the course of your lifetime, you will spend thousands of pounds on glasses and contact lenses that you certainly need, but don't really want. They don't let you live the life the way you want to.
Modern life is all about taking part. Whether it is playing with the kids, swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Med while on holiday or a game of five-a-sides down the park, we all want to be part of something. Poor eyesight holds you back in so many ways. You can only do what your glasses or contacts allow you to. Running, playing and travelling is all that bit more difficult if you don-t have great vision. It shouldn't be like that. Corrective eye surgery will transform your sight, but it will do so much more than that. Corrective eye surgery from Optical Express will change your life.
Without your glasses or contacts you will be free to run, free to play, free to live your life the way you want to.
What is laser eye surgery?
Over 30 million people around the world have had their sight transformed and their life changed by this amazing treatment.
During eye laser surgery a cool beam of light from a state-of-the-art laser gently reshapes the cornea to correct your vision. The cornea is the transparent dome-shaped window that covers the front of your eye responsible for most of your focusing power. It determines how sharp your vision is. The focus of your cornea is fixed but the laser can adjust the curvature of the lens to "tune" this focus.
It is quick, affordable and you will be back on your feet and enjoying your new vision in a matter of hours. It is no wonder the most common reaction from people who have the treatment is "I wish I had done it sooner."
There are two different methods of performing laser surgery for eyes: LASIK eye surgery and LASEK eye surgery. Both methods may be enhanced by iDesign. Find out more about each by clicking on the links below.
Can I have eye laser surgery?
With the continual advancements in technology it is now possible to help more people than ever achieve great vision without the need for their glasses or contact lenses. In fact, 9 out of 10 Optical Express patients are now suitable for an eye surgery. Eye laser treatment can treat people who currently wear glasses or contact lenses for distance or near vision. It can now correct long-sightedness (Hyperopia), short-sightedness (Myopia) and astigmatism to a higher prescription than ever before.
Even people who have been told that they were not suitable for eye surgery in the past can now experience a life without their glasses or contact lenses.
The only way to find out if you are suitable for laser surgery is to attend a detailed consultation with our clinical team to discuss your own treatment plan. Consultations are FREE at Optical Express and everybody who attends an initial refractive consultation will receive a state-of-the-art iScan advanced eye care report.
Here we present information on some of the conditions the laser eye surgery procedure can correct and the different types of eye surgery available.
Short sightedness (Myopia)
Myopia is the medical term for short-sightedness. It describes being able see close up objects more clearly than those that are farther away. It is caused by the shape of your eye being too long...
Read about Short sightedness (Myopia) here
Long sightedness (Hyperopia)
Hyperopia is the medical term for long-sightedness. It describes being able see things at a distance more clearly than those that are close by. It is caused by the shape of your eye being too short...
Read about Long sightedness (Hyperopia) here
Astigmatism is a minor and fairly common eye condition that affects your vision. It may cause blurred or distorted vision. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens isn't a perfectly curved shape...
Read about Astigmatism here
The Laser Eye Surgery Consultation explained
We get asked a lot of questions by prospective patients. They range from "how does laser eye surgery work", to "how long does laser eye surgery last" and "is laser eye surgery painful We've created this page to help answer these faqs.
A laser consultation is basically a very thorough eye examination undertaken by an Optometrist as the first step towards eye laser treatment. The free consultation can take up to two hours compared to a standard eye examination which may take up to thirty minutes. Many of the examinations will be familiar to you such as measuring your vision without spectacles and/or contact lenses, determining your eye prescription and assessing your eye health.
Some of the additional tests may not be so familiar, such as: a test for assessing the shape of the outer window of your eye, known as the cornea, with a topographical instrument such as an Oculus Pentacam; measurement of the thickness of this eye window; and assessment of the higher order visual phenomena that can contribute to the quality of your vision. In addition the Optometrist will, as standard, dilate your pupils. This is done by using dilating eye drops which prevent your pupil from closing down, allowing a detailed examination of the retina to take place. All of these tests, including the eye drops, are pain free.
Following these clinical examinations, your Optometrist will interpret the results and compare them with the International Medical Advisory Board approved Clinical Suitability Guidelines. These are a set of parameters that confirm who should be referred on to a surgeon for a surgical procedure such as laser surgery. Everyone's eyes are different and therefore not everyone will be a suitable candidate for this optional procedure. There are some health and eye conditions that are contraindicated (i.e. prevent us from proceeding with the surgery) as well as some eye prescriptions that are better served by a different procedure. For patients suitable for laser eye treatment, the Optometrist will discuss the procedure in detail. They will cover both the benefits and the risks of the procedure. As we can all understand, all medical procedures have benefits and risks. However, with eye laser surgery the risks are very low. The risk of developing an infection, for example, is greater with frequent wear or extended wear of a soft contact lens than a eye laser surgery procedure.
Your optometrist will also make a recommendation of the best procedure for you. This recommendation is based upon a collective analysis of clinical outcomes, peer review articles, the optometrist's personal experience and last but by no means least your personal feedback.
The final decision on your suitability for surgery rests with your treating ophthalmic surgeon. The majority of patients are suitable for laser eye treatment, but you may find you are best suited for lens surgery. If you are not suitable for eye surgery, Optical Express can also offer a great selection of glasses and contact lenses.
Any questions you have in respect to this prospective future treatment are of course answered and you should feel free to ask any question during the discussion phase of the consultation. Some patients consider what questions they wish to ask ahead of the procedure and this is worthwhile doing as the consultation is your opportunity to spend time with the optometrist and it is worth getting as much information from it as possible.
Laser Eye Surgery FAQs
We know that having laser treatment for eyes is an important decision that you will have spent a lot of time thinking about. We know that it can seem quite daunting at first, especially if you do not know much about it. You will soon discover that laser surgery for eyes is one of the safest and most common surgeries. We want to make sure that every stage of the process is as straightforward as possible and that you always get your questions answered. To get you started we have answered the most commonly asked questions below.