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Can I have both eyes done on the same day?

Screening and testing for Laser Eye Surgery

As Laser Eye Surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the world, you’re sure to hear some myths and conflicting information surrounding the procedure.

Here at our clinic on Harley Street, we often hear many of the same queries cropping up again and again. How painful is the procedure? What are the chances of going blind? Will it mess up the procedure if I need to sneeze or I suddenly twitch involuntarily?

One of the more common questions regarding the procedure is about treating both eyes at the same time or on the same day. After all, what are you meant to do if you only have one perfect eye and one which can’t see without glasses? Wear a monocle?

The short answer to this query is no, you don’t have to wear a monocle. This is because both eyes are typically treated within one procedure (whether it’s LASEK/PRK, LASIK or SMILE), which lasts no longer than 15 minutes.

During the procedure, surgery is performed on one eye first, and then the other eye almost immediately after. This is possible thanks to the capabilities of new technology and the experience of our surgeons who are able to know instantly if there is any hint of a complication before continuing the procedure.

Having your eyes treated in this way means a minimum amount of time spent both in surgery and in recovery. In fact, the treatment is so swift that it’s common for most patients to return to normal activity the following day after surgery.

Prof Reinstein answers: Do you treat both eyes at the same time?

To help put this question to rest, expert laser eye surgeon Professor Dan Reinstein talks a little bit more about the procedure in the video below. As he explains, in Laser Eye Surgery, you have your eyes treated not on separate days, or at the same time, but one after the other.

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As Prof Reinstein explains, the Laser Eye Surgery industry has changed significantly over the years. With today’s knowledge and technology, laser eye surgeons are better equipped than ever to immediately assess the success of the treatment on one eye, before moving on to the other.

If you’d like to find out more about the exact details of your procedure, it’s helpful to know that each treatment is going to vary ever so slightly. That being said, 96 percent of our patients have ReLEx SMILE or LASIK surgery, which are both incredibly quick and safe treatments.

So no matter what treatment you have, you shouldn’t be left with any type of optical imbalance. Of course, if this is something that concerns you, it can be discussed with your surgeon long prior to having the treatment or even making any commitments. 

If you would like to find out more about the treatment process or book a consultation at London Vision Clinic, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.

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.

Can I Have Both Eyes Done On The Same Day?

  1. Ann Sebastian 24/02/2016 at 13:27

    I am researching laser eye surgery for options.

    My main question is, am I suitable for the procedure.

    I’m 63 years old. I have been shortsighted since birth with a slight astigmatism, I understand the astigmatism is minimal so could just be left if necessary.

    I have been long-sighted (age related), as well for some years.

    I know you can’t give me an assessment with just this info online. I’d need an assessment.

    Could you just advise me whether in principle, it’s possible to adjust either just the short-sighted problem, or both, with laser surgery.

    Happy for you to reply via this site as I haven’t given personal details.


    • Bethany Kingsley 13/03/2016 at 17:46

      Hi Ann,

      Thanks for your comment.
      As you mentioned we cannot give you a definite answer based on the little information we have but it sounds like Laser Blended Vision could rid you of your glasses for both presbyopia (age related vision change) and your shortsightedness. Please let me know if you require more information. I could have one of our Patient Care Coordinators call you to explain in more detail.

      London Vision Clinic

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