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Commonly asked questions about laser eye surgery

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6th September, 2012  


Clinics that offer laser eye surgery UK often get asked the same questions time and time again. At Laser Surgery Eyes, we have brought together some of the most frequently asked questions, with answers of course! Read on to see if your question has been answered.

Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

One of the first questions you may be wondering about is whether or not the procedure is suitable for your vision. If you are short-sighted (myopic), long-sighted (hyperopic) and suffer from astigmatism, then you will be eligible.

Of course, there are three main types of treatment available, so it is important to go for a consultation to speak to your eye doctor to see which is most suitable for you. For example, someone with a thinner cornea may be advised to have LASEK eye surgery, rather than the more common LASIK eye surgery, as LASEK does not involve cutting a flap, and therefore does not compromise on the thickness of the cornea.

What types of laser eye surgery are available, and what’s the difference between them?

As already mentioned, there are three main types of treatment available. These are LASIK eye surgery, LASEK eye surgery and PRK surgery.

LASIK is by far the most popular option. This type of surgery features a small flap being cut into the cornea and then lifted so that a laser can reshape the cornea underneath, before the flap is smoothed back down when complete. LASIK usually has the quickest recovery rate, with people often able to go back to work within a couple of days.

The difference with LASEK is that no flap is created. Instead, the extremely thin outer layer of the cornea, called the epithelial layer, is removed before the laser is allowed to reshape the cornea. After the laser, the layer is then replaced to allow to heal.

PRK surgery also requires no flap, with the laser being applied directly to the eye. The laser energy removes the epithelial layer, which grows back gradually after surgery.

Both LASEK and PRK have slower recovery times, and can be more uncomfortable during healing than LASIK. Remember to discuss all options with your eye doctor to see which of the options is most suitable for your eyes.

Does laser eye surgery UK hurt?

As with any other type of surgery, your eye doctor will do everything he can to make sure you are as comfortable as possible whilst having the procedure. This includes being given anaesthetic eye drops, so you should not feel anything happening during laser eye surgery UK. You may feel slight pressure when the speculum is put in place, a device that is used to prevent you from blinking, but there should be no actual pain.

You will probably experience a little discomfort once your eyes begin to heal. This is usually described as being a ‘gritty’ feeling in your eyes, or you may have dry eyes. For most people this discomfort will pass in the first few days, though for some people it may last a little longer, particularly those who have had LASEK or PRK surgery. You will be provided with some eye drops for aftercare, so these will help as a temporarily relief from the discomfort until your eyes heal.

How do I find a reputable clinic?

When looking for a clinic that offers laser eye surgery UK, it is most important to make sure that you don’t compromise quality for cost. Since most clinics offer free consultation, it could be an idea to go for an initial consultation to get a feel for the clinic. For example, do they act professional, do they answer your questions as best they can rather than just going for the hard sell?

Finding the right clinic is probably one of the most important parts of the process of laser eye surgery UK, but at Laser Surgery Eyes, we can help you to find the best clinics that are local to you. We can put you in touch so that you can book a consultation and begin your journey to having your vision corrected. Just contact us to find your local clinics.