How long does Laser Eye Surgery last?

Mr Glenn Carp conducting a laser eye surgery test

One of the most common questions we get here at London Vision Clinic is “how long does Laser Eye Surgery last?”. For a procedure that can be performed in a matter of minutes, it makes sense that some patients may be dubious about how long-lasting the effects might be.

There are a lot of myths out there about Laser Eye Surgery – myths that we are trying to stamp out. That’s why we have put together this article to give you the facts about what you can expect from your treatment, in both the short- and long-term.

A Speedy Procedure

We weren’t kidding when we said that Laser Eye Surgery procedures are completed in just a matter of minutes. In fact, the vast majority are carried out in under 12 minutes – and that’s without mentioning ReLEx SMILE.

Thanks to the minimally-invasive technique used for the most recent development in Laser Eye Surgery, ReLEx SMILE procedures can be completed in just 4 minutes. This shorter treatment time means less time spent in recovery, and potentially even more scepticism regarding the results.

It’s not often you are told that you can have surgery and be back at work the very next day. I mean, there must be a catch, right?

Well, not necessarily. Eye surgery is unique in the world of surgery due to the relatively easy access to the procedure site (the eye) and the incredible healing powers of the cornea. When you combine this with the latest state-of-the-art technology, surgeons are able to adjust your vision quickly and efficiently with minimal invasion.

How Laser Eye Surgery changes your vision

The method of Laser Eye Surgery used will depend on a number of factors, including your condition, the state of your eyes, and your personal health and lifestyle. However, in every treatment, the laser will be programmed specifically according to your individual measurements and prescription.

Whether you are being treated for short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism, the laser is used to reshape your cornea. This eliminates the tissue that is causing imperfections in your vision.

As the corneal tissue is removed, it stands to reason that your vision won’t regress to its original standard following surgery. However, this can occur if your condition progresses following your surgery. It is therefore recommended that Laser Eye Surgery not be carried out unless you have a stable prescription before surgery.

Presbyopia (Ageing Eyes)

Unfortunately, the fact remains that we have not yet developed a way to halt the ageing process. No matter how thorough your initial consultation or how brilliant your surgeon is, none of us can avoid the effects of ageing – even on our eyes.

When we talk about presbyopia, we are not simply talking about crow’s feet. The condition, which literally translates to “old eye”, will get to almost all of us at some point in our lives, though it typically begins in middle age. Presbyopia refers to the natural deterioration of your vision as you get older – particularly your eyes’ ability to focus on objects in your neat vision.

Unfortunately, traditional Laser Eye Surgery techniques are not able to safeguard our vision from presbyopia. However, simple enhancement procedures can often improve your vision. In some cases, however, reading glasses may still be necessary.

Yet, there is another option. A revolutionary Laser Eye Surgery technique known as PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision may be able to rid you of reading glasses. PRESBYOND® has become an effective alternative to the implantation of intraocular lenses (IOLs) – artificial lenses implanted in your cornea to improve vision.

So to sum up: aside from the body’s natural ageing process, the effects of Laser Eye Surgery can last a lifetime. That’s why we advise patients to not delay in booking their consultation. Learn more today and start enjoying the gift of clear and hassle-free vision.

If you would like to learn more about the effects of Laser Eye Surgery, Book a Consultation today. Alternatively, give us a call on 020 7224 1005.

Our Fees start from £5,500 for standard treatment. Higher or very complex prescriptions may cost up to £6,900. Flexible finance makes the best more affordable: Choose payments from £56 per month, or a low 10% upfront. Payment plans from one to five years are available including a 24-month interest-free option. Read more.