Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

*85% of adults are.

Technology advances rapidly. Now, more than 4 out of 5 people can have laser eye surgery, even if they’ve previously been turned down for treatment. So there’s a good chance that you’ll be suitable too.

For those struggling with the ongoing cost or inconvenience of glasses and/or contact lenses, opting for laser eye surgery can be a great alternative. Many patients tell us that the use of facemasks in times of COVID-19 does mean that their glasses frustratingly steam up easily and their contact lenses dry out quicker. This life-changing procedure can improve a wide range of prescriptions, including short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.

Can I have laser eye surgery?

When considering treatment, the first step in your journey towards improved vision is to determine whether you would be a suitable candidate for surgery. Booking a free consultation will allow us to perform a range of comprehensive tests to assess your eye health and suitability for treatment, helping you decide on the best option for you. Further, a consultation allows our experienced clinicians to thoroughly discuss your vision correction options with you.

It is important that patients have a stable prescription when opting for laser eye surgery and it is for that reason that many patients are not suitable until the age of 18.  Our experienced clinicians can carry out regular assessments to evaluate the stability of your prescription.

As you grow older your suitability for laser eye surgery may change due to the natural ageing of your eyes.  Factors including the health of the outer surface of your eye known as the cornea and the clarity of your natural lens, mean that as patients grow older they are often better suited for lens replacement surgery as opposed to laser eye surgery. If you are unsure which option would be best for you, one of our in-house experts will be able to perform an assessment and advise on the best course of action for your vision correction.

Having access to industry-leading technologies and techniques, our experienced surgeons are delighted to be able to perform life-changing surgery on a vast majority of patients.

If you are ready to take the first step towards visual freedom, then book your free consultation at Optical Express now. Our team of in-house clinical experts can assess your requirements and help you decide on the best option for you. With around 85% of adults now suitable for a vision correction surgery procedure, there is a good chance that you will be too.*

Still have questions?

Below you’ll find answers to our most frequently-asked questions.

  • Can I have laser eye surgery if I have astigmatism?

    The short answer is: Yes

    Laser eye surgery is ideal for patients with astigmatism. While treating this condition can be slightly more complicated, our technology allows us to treat astigmatic corneas very effectively and our advanced lasers can treat up to six dioptres of astigmatism. Our ophthalmic surgeons routinely deal with astigmatism symptoms, including more complex cases.
  • Can I have laser eye surgery if I am long sighted?

    The short answer is: Yes

    Laser eye surgery is a good solution for people with long sightedness. Great outcomes are achieved by our long sighted patients, who go on to enjoy a much easier day-to-day life without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
  • Can I have laser eye surgery if I’m short sighted?

    The short answer is: Yes

    Laser eye surgery will also treat short sightedness effectively. This is the most common type of surgery and is suitable for patients with both mild and severe conditions.
  • Who can’t have laser eye surgery?

    The short answer is: A small percentage of patients

    The majority of patients we see are suitable for laser eye surgery, but due to our strict guidelines, for some people it isn’t an option. If it isn’t appropriate for you, we can offer a range of alternative vision correction solutions. Book a consultation with us today, and we’ll guide you through your options. Read more about laser eye surgery suitability here.