Laser Eye Surgery
What is Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser Eye Surgery is the most widely publicised type of vision correction surgery in the UK. There are several different techniques, and acronyms, but all types of Laser Eye Surgery include the use of excimer lasers to re-shape the surface of the cornea and alter the way light enters the eye to correct vision.
The different techniques include: Photo Refractive Keratotomy (PRK), LASer Intrastromal Keratomileusis (LASIK), LASer Epithelial Keratomileusis (LASEK), Blade Free LASIK and Wavefront LASIK/LASEK. These terms can be confusing, especially when some companies offer these techniques under their own brand names, such as Intralase, iLASIK and zLASIK.
Our Laser Eye Surgery Techniques
The only LASIK Laser Eye Surgery treatment we use is blade-free wavefront LASIK. Many budget clinics will offer this as their top-priced treatment. The fact is that this is the technique which gives the best visual results and has the best safety record.
Many armed forces have approved this procedure for their pilots and other high value personnel. NASA has even approved it for its astronauts. In the rare cases where the patient has a thin cornea or has been exposed to significant trauma we use wavefront LASEK.
Your Comprehensive Assessment
At your consultation with Mr. Pande, he will discuss the risks, benefits, alternative treatment options and potential complications associated with Laser Eye Surgery in great detail, and recommend the most appropriate option for your specific circumstances. If you are not a good candidate you will be advised not to have any surgery. A letter outlining the consultation will be sent to you and your general practitioner.
If you are aged 18-55, have a short sighted glasses prescription of less than -8 dioptres or a long sighted prescription of less than +3 dioptres, which has been stable for a year or more, have otherwise healthy eyes and enjoy good general health, you are a good candidate for Laser Eye Surgery treatments like LASIK or LASEK.
However if you are older than 50 and need or are likely to need reading glasses in the near future, or have a severe focussing error, Laser Eye Surgery is generally inappropriate and lens based surgery could provide a better solution.
Safety & Results
The vast majority of our patients achieve 20/20 vision, but we advise our patients that for the purpose of deciding whether to have such surgery, they need to be confident that they will achieve the legal standard of vision required to drive a car.
As with all treatments, Laser Eye Surgery carries with it with a small risk of complications. Generally there is a very minute chance of severe complications, while less severe complications can occur in about 1% to 5% of cases. Your need for reading glasses remains unchanged after Laser Eye Surgery.
No single vision correction surgical technique is suitable for all patients, and it is critical that treatments are tailored to fit the needs of each and every individual patient.
Julie & Kelly
“It was a first-class experience and having the Laser Eye Surgery treatment with Mr Pande has changed our lives in so many ways.”
“There is not a day goes by when I don’ t appreciate my new vision and the fact that I no longer have to rely on my contacts and specs”
“It wasn’t painful at all and I was told what was happening at every step. It only took 45 minutes and I could see a change immediately.”
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