What is laser eye surgery?
Laser eye surgery is a surgical procedure that may reshape, replace or clear the cornea to help deliver correct vision.
What types are available?
There are many different types of laser eye surgery, which are tailored to the specific needs of different vision types. The most common surgeries are:
The most common procedure in the UK, this can resolve both long and short sightedness, through reshaping the tissue under the cornea. It isn’t always a good option for those with stronger prescriptions.
This surgery is used to correct mild prescriptions. This requires shaping the cornea with the laser, without any flap underneath.
LASEK is also used for lower prescriptions of both short and long sightedness and astigmatism, however this process creates a flap with the cornea unlike PRK, to prevent any possible complications and speed up the healing process.
Is laser eye surgery for you?
Before choosing to have laser eye surgery, you need to consider:
- What is your vision prescription?
- How long have you been that prescription?
- Are you comfortable wearing glasses/lenses?
- Do you have any issues wearing glasses/lenses?
- Have you had any, eye infections or inflammation recently?
- Have you had previous eye surgery?
You should always speak to your surgeon about all of these things in the consultation, before going ahead with the surgery.