Over the last twenty years, the popularity of laser eye surgery has increased exponentially, with over 100,000 people in the UK alone opting for this simple procedure.
With the promise of perfect eyesight via a quick, pain-free procedure, it’s little wonder that people are literally flocking to clinics nationwide to undergo this life-changing surgery.
There are a number of important facts you need to know before making the decision to opt for the procedure, so we’ve compiled a list.
Can Anyone have Laser Eye Surgery?
In the early days of this treatment, fewer were found suitable, but advances in technology now mean over 85 per cent of those with eye defects are now suitable for the procedure.
Those unsuited to the procedure include pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with immunodeficiency diseases like diabetes or HIV and those with vascular diseases, whose blood vessels are prone to damage.
In addition, a number of clinics do not recommend laser eye surgery to those people under the age of 25, because the eyes may still be changing up until this point.
How does the Procedure Work?
Anaesthetic eye drops are placed into the eye, while the surgeon makes an incision, cutting a flap in the cornea. The hinged flap is folded backwards and the surgeon then uses pulses from a laser to remove a portion of the exposed cornea, which is reshaped.
The flap is then replaced. After the procedure has been performed, a full recovery can take anything from several hours to seven days, depending on the type of surgery you have chosen.
Is the Price of the Surgery the Only Thing I should Consider?
No, it’s also important to find an experienced surgeon. Advertisements for laser eye surgery are everywhere and prices range from several hundred to several thousand pounds per eye. Cost is not always an indicator of the quality of surgery on offer, and the very low prices advertised are sometimes misleading.
While price may play a big part in deciding which company you go with, you should also research the surgeon that will be performing your procedure, as well as the company’s success rate in providing patients with 20/20 vision.
Is Laser Eye Surgery Guaranteed to Correct my Vision?
Success rates of the market-leading laser eye surgery specialists, such as Optimax laser eye surgery, are extremely high, but very few companies, or surgeons, can boast a 100 per cent success rate.
Very occasionally, under-correction can occur during laser eye surgery, usually in patients who are near-sighted. This under-correction occurs when the surgeon does not remove sufficient tissue from the cornea during the procedure. This can be remedied with further surgery.
Over-corrections have also occurred in the past, whereby a surgeon has removed too much of the cornea during surgery.
What are the Possible Risks Associated with Laser Eye Surgery?
While the number of risks associated with laser eye surgery has severely diminished in recent years, the procedure still carries a degree of inherent risk. Complications are rare, but do occur in all laser establishments. You will be advised of any associated risks during your consultation.
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