10 Facts About Laser Eye Surgery You Didn’t Know

If you’re considering Laser Eye Surgery, chances are you probably already know a bit about it.

Maybe you’ve read about Laser Eye Surgery online, in the news, or in magazines.

You may even have first-hand information from family and friends who’ve already had it done.

The thing is, no matter how much you’ve already heard about Laser Eye Surgery, what we do at the London Vision Clinic is quite different to other places, and so there’s likely at least a few things you’ve missed.

It might not sound like much now, but often it’s these little things that people have overlooked or are not quite sure on that, in the end, tip the balance. It’s finding out about the safety of eye-tracking technology, it’s getting clear on the facts around pain and the procedure, it’s discovering a revolutionary treatment that can replace your reading glasses.

There are lots of things you need to know when researching Laser Eye Surgery. Then there’s also a few, 10 to be precise, facts that can change everything.

Check out our 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Laser Eye Surgery infographic to find out what they are and move closer to understanding why millions of people have the treatment every year.10 Facts on Laser Eye Surgery

1. Laser Eye Surgery Takes Just Minutes to Perform

Laser Eye Surgery has always been quick for a surgical procedure. And as it’s a based on the most cutting-edge technology, it’s only getting quicker.

ReLEx SMILE, the latest iteration of Laser Eye Surgery, takes around just three minutes to treat each eye. That’s not much longer than it takes to make a brew!

2. You Can Return to Work The Next Day After Laser Eye Surgery

The eyes are one of the fastest healing parts of the body. Coupled with the minimally-invasive nature of Laser Eye Surgery, and it means they’ll make a near-complete recovery in only a few days.

As well as meaning you can get back to work, it also means you’ll be back enjoying your favourite activities (and more) in much less time than you think.

3. Laser Eye Surgery Can Treat Reading Glasses

This is one you definitely won’t hear from many other places. Until just a few years ago, reading glasses were pretty much the best option for treating presbyopia or age-related poor reading vision.

PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision is a revolutionary treatment that can treat presbyopia and even rid you of the need to ever wear glasses again. Find out more about it here.

4. Laser Eye Surgery Won’t Make You Blind

It’s a legitimate concern to have, and maybe a ten or twenty years ago it would have had some credence to it. But the fact is that today, Laser Eye Surgery is one of the safest elective procedures in the world. Technically there is an exceedingly small risk of blindness with laser eye surgery but it is lower than the risk of wearing monthly contact lenses for one year, so a risk that everyone seems to accept as perfectly reasonable.

5. Even People With High Prescriptions Are Suitable

A common myth is that they have heard that people with a high prescription are generally not suitable for Laser Eye Surgery. Although that may be true for some clinics, at the London Vision Clinic we can treat 98 percent of people who come to us — even those with very high prescriptions!

6. You Can’t Mess With Eye-tracking Technology

Whether you blink 50 times a minute, have a nervous twitch, or simply have a tendency to mess things up at exactly the wrong moment, then Laser Eye Surgery was made for you.

Eye-tracking technology is just one of the safety systems in place that means the treatment will only ever be administered in exactly the right place. It’s so safe and accurate you could even be playing tennis during the procedure and, at least eventually, come out with a great result.

7. The Chances of Complications Are As Low As Can Be

Every surgery has a chance of risk, and Laser Eye Surgery is no exception. However, the chances of anything going wrong during the procedure are incredibly slim, and even if they do, in the hands of the right surgeon, it’s unlikely to affect the results.

8. There is No Pain During Laser Eye Surgery

Another common misconception is that the procedure causes pain. The fact is, there is no pain during Laser Eye Surgery, and chances are you won’t even feel a thing!

9. These Lasers Are Not Like The Movies

When most of us think of lasers, we think about sci-fi movies and red-hot beams of colourful light that can burn through anything. Although they do share the same name, the lasers used in Laser Eye Surgery are very different. For starters, they are cold, invisible, and are commonly used to treat a whole range of conditions and problems!

10. The Major Limit to Laser Eye Surgery is Age

Once you’ve passed your eighteenth birthday, there’s really little else stopping you from having the treatment. There are a few temporary states that can make you unsuitable for a while, but most people, even those with dry eyes or thinner corneas, are surprised to learn they are ideal candidates.

Dr Tim Archer
Dr Tim Archer

Dr Timothy Archer graduated from Oxford and Cambridge Universities with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a postgraduate degree in Computer Science. He joined the clinic in 2003, where he established his career specialising in laser refractive surgery research alongside Professor Reinstein. Today, he manages the in-house research team, of which achievements include 124 peer-reviewed papers, 32 book chapters, over 100 scientific articles and a published textbook. He also oversees and edits the content on London Vision Clinic’s website.