Frequently asked questions about laser eye surgery

Below you'll find answers to the questions we're most commonly asked.

  • Does laser eye surgery hurt?

    The short answer is: For the overwhelming majority of patients, no

    Due to the anaesthetic drops which are applied before the procedure, laser eye surgery itself is generally pain-free, but following the treatment patients may feel some discomfort in the early stages of healing. The level of discomfort you experience depends upon the type of surgery you've undergone, but any pain will be short lived, and you'll be able to enjoy the benefits of improved vision within a matter of days.
  • How do I book a free laser eye surgery consultation?

    The short answer is: Simple – online, complete a form or call us

    It's easy to book your free Optical Express laser eye surgery consultation and take the first step on your journey to better vision. With the largest network of private clinics in the UK and Ireland, finding an Optical Express clinic near you couldn't be more straightforward.
  • How long does laser eye surgery take?

    The short answer is: From a few seconds to two minutes

    You will be in and out of theatre in under 30 minutes, although the length of time that the laser is applied to your eye ranges from just a few seconds to two minutes, depending upon the complexity of your prescription.
  • How quickly will I see the results of laser eye surgery?

    The short answer is: It varies, but your results could be instant

    Most patients notice a significant improved vision within 24 hours of surgery. You'll see a vast improvement by the end of your recovery period, which depends upon a number of factors including the type of treatment you've undergone.
  • How much does laser eye surgery cost?

    The short answer is: It depends on many factors

    Laser eye surgery has become increasingly affordable, thanks to advancements in technology. Our prices start from just £595 per eye† and we offer a range of finance options to help spread the cost.

    Take a look at our Prices & Finance information.