Obscure questions about Laser Eye Surgery

Remember when your teacher used to say, ‘There’s no such thing as a stupid question’, and you’d go ahead and ask something and she’d give you a strange look as if to say what are you?!

Well, that’s not going to happen here. This is a safe space, and there isn’t a question about Laser Eye Surgery that surgeons haven’t heard a hundred times before.

But there is a wide range of questions — from common ones like will it hurt? that are asked on a daily basis, to the more obscure ones like can I bring my cat into the room with me? which are only asked every so often. It’s these more specialist questions which it can be hard to find adequate answers for when traipsing around the interwebs.

So let’s tackle five of theses less frequently asked questions about Laser Eye Surgery. If you have your own that’s not on the list, go ahead and ask us in the comments below (we won’t laugh, we promise!).

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Why does Laser Eye Surgery cost so much?

Laser Eye Surgery can seem costly when taken as a single lump sum. But if you look at it over the course of say 10 or 20 years, it’s actually extremely cost effective and cheaper than wearing glasses or contact lenses.

The bulk of the cost is attributed to the equipment, laser technology, safety systems, and expert surgeons. There’s also the clinic, staff, and any continual maintenance, training, and upkeep costs. With all things considered, a safe and effective treatment costs no less than £4,000 to perform.

Can you have Laser Eye Surgery more than once?

Top up or enhancement procedures are routine and can be done if it’s deemed the patient will see significant improvement from their current standard of vision.

That being said, most people who’ve Laser Eye Surgery will never need a second procedure. Those who do may be looking for correction after receiving poor treatment at a low-cost clinic or to offset the symptoms of presbyopia in later years.

Should I have Laser Eye Surgery now or wait for a more advanced procedure?

Waiting for a newer, safer version of Laser Eye Surgery to be developed can seem a sensible thing to do. But in reality, the treatment is at its peak and advancements over the short-term will only be incremental. By waiting around and holding out for something better, you’re merely losing precious time which you could enjoy with greater vision.

Can I have Laser Eye Surgery if I have scar tissue?

As scar tissue can range from minor or severe and arise from trauma or disease, it’s difficult to say Laser Eye Surgery is always effective. However, innovations in technology make it possible to operate in a growing number of cases, and many patients with scar tissue have seen major improvements in their vision.

If Laser Eye Surgery is a solution, why do people continue to wear contacts or glasses?

Just like there are many reasons people don’t upgrade to the more efficient and economical electric cars, there are many reasons people don’t upgrade their vision by having Laser Eye Surgery.

The first is misinformation and fear: Although many Laser Eye Surgery myths have long been busted and it has even been proven safer than wearing contacts, fear and misinformation are still the main reasons why people don’t have the treatment. The second is habit: Some people are simply used to their glasses or contacts routine. And the third is suitability: Laser Eye Surgery still isn’t an option for everyone. However, today, when performed by expert surgeons using the latest technology, as many as 97 percent of people are eligible for treatment.

Have a question that’s totally out there? Put it to us in the comments below. Or, if you’d like to book a consultation, contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators today.


Obscure questions about laser eye surgery

  1. Aris 26/08/2017 at 01:30

    Is there any procedures out there that will work if your pupils size is slightly larger than normal

    • Bethany Kingsley 04/09/2017 at 06:19

      Dear Aris,
      It very much depends on your prescription and the assessment of your eyes, however, here at London Vision a Clinic we have a hi-profile category which includes patients who may have a larger pupil size than normal. For more information, please call 020 7224 1005
      London Vision Clinic

  2. Dee 08/02/2018 at 19:09

    Hi, my optic nerve is swollen in both eyes, Dr’s dont know why. would I still be able to have laser eye surgery?

    • Bethany Kingsley 12/02/2018 at 18:26

      Hi Dee, thanks for your question. We would need you to come in for a full eye health assessment to find out your suitability for laser eye surgery 🙂 If you are interested to find out more, please call us on 020 7224 1005.

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