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.