How To Choose A Laser Eye Surgery Clinic

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when thinking about having Laser Eye Surgery. Choosing a clinic; weighing up costs; deciding which treatment is for you; these are all questions you don’t want to take lightly.

On the one hand, the internet has of course allowed us much more independence and flexibility when going through this process, but on the other, with the abundance of information and opinions out there, it has made the process much more difficult.

Fortunately, you don’t have to make the decisions alone, and once you get over the initial hurdle of finding a good clinic that meets your needs, the next step should always be to have a comprehensive assessment with an eye care specialist.

Here at London Vision Clinic, we believe strongly in creating personalised treatment plans for each and every one of our patients, and thus we have one of the most thorough initial assessments in the business. That being said, the majority of our patients end up receiving one of only a handful of treatment options and are thus able to do some of their own research pre-consultation to be better prepared and aware of the various factors concerning eligibility and recovery.

Here are a few of the reasons why it is advantageous to be thorough in your research:

  • Some clinics do not treat conditions that are treatable elsewhere (We treats many patients that were turned down elsewhere)
  • There are several reasons for unsuitability for Laser Eye Surgery
  • Certain conditions are only a temporary barrier to surgery
  • There are common questions about the process and procedure that can easily be answered

You can read more about the conditions that affect suitability for Laser Eye Surgery here.

Choosing A Treatment

At London Vision Clinic the majority of our patients receive one of the three main types of vision correction treatments—ReLEx SMILE, LASIK or PRK, with 96% receiving one of the first two.

Patients who suffer from short-sightedness (myopia), or long-sightedness (hyperopia), can be easily treated with LASIK or PRK/LASEK. And with the development of ReLEx SMILE—our new, pioneering key-hole procedure—now even those who suffer from extreme short sight are eligible.

Thanks to ReLEx SMILE not only extreme short sight can be treated, but a number of other higher prescriptions which were previously deemed only treatable with synthetic lens implants. In addition, SMILE surgery can help patients with thinner corneas, contact lens intolerance, or drier eyes.

You can read more about ReLEx SMILE Laser Eye Surgery here, and also watch the video below.

For sufferers of astigmatism—when the abnormal shape of the cornea causes light to enter at different angles, consequently blurring the focus of an image—you may be under the belief that you are unsuitable for treatment. And yet, here at London Vision Clinic, we have long been successfully treating astigmatism symptoms using LASIK and PRK.

In this short video, Mr Glen Carp gives us some insight into the subtle difference between PRK (or LASEK) and LASIK Laser Eye Surgery:

Read more about the differences between LASIK and PRK.

If you would like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic, or find out more about our different vision correction treatments, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.