Find out whether laser eye surgery could be the cure for your long-sight, short-sight, astigmatism or reading glasses
Laser eye surgery is a procedure used to treat short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism, and now, the need for reading glasses (presbyopia).[arrow_list]
- Laser eye surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world
- Over 35 million procedures have been performed since it was first introduced in 1987.
- Laser eye surgery offers minimal discomfort and fast recovery time, with most patients able to resume normal activities within 24 hours.
Are you suitable for laser eye surgery?
Laser eye surgery results
London Vision Clinic’s LASIK results are among the very best in the world:
About the laser eye surgery treatment
Before the laser eye surgery procedure
First, you must choose a laser eye surgery specialist. To ensure you’re a good candidate for laser eye surgery, the clinic you choose will perform an initial assessment to determine if you are suitable. At the consultation, the optometrist will examine your eyes, provide you with an expectation of the results you can achieve, and discuss any risks that you need to be aware of so you can consider your choice to proceed. Contact us to book your initial assessment.
During the laser eye surgery procedure
LASIK does not require a hospital stay. You walk in to the clinic, have the procedure, and walk out again. It only takes about 20 minutes, and you are awake the entire time. One eye is operated on at a time, followed by the other eye in the same session.
The surgeon will first numb your eyes with drops (no injections). An eye flap (a thin layer of the cornea) is created with a laser. This flap is then lifted like a hinged door and the exposed eye surface is reshaped using another laser. Then, the surgeon uses the laser to reshape the cornea, decreasing or eliminating short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism and/or presbyopia. After the laser is finished, the surgeon replaces the flap to its original position. It adheres quickly, without stitches.
After the procedure is finished, you will rest for a while. Your surgeon may then prescribe a series of drops and medications to ensure you are comfortable and safe immediately after the procedure.
After the laser eye surgery procedure
Short-term, you can expect to see clearly and resume normal activities the day after your procedure. Laser Blended Vision will take longer to adjust to than standard laser eye surgery for short-sightedness or long-sightedness. The clinic will invite you to return for aftercare appointments 3-4 weeks after your procedure, 3 months after, and then again after 12 months.
The Top 5 Questions you must ask your laser eye surgeon
No one wants to compromise on their vision. Ideally, you would like to find the surgeon who combines the right level of professional training using the most current technology combined with a wealth of experience in the specific procedure that you are undergoing. Download our short and useful checklist of questions to ask when considering laser eye surgery:
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Laser eye surgery costs
£ 204/month for 24 months
Standard treatments cost £4,900 (for both eyes). At London Vision Clinic, all laser eye surgery fees include:[arrow_list]
- Initial assessment
- Wavefront analysis
- Ophthalmic exam
- Wavefront-guided treatment (if applicable)
- Contact lens trials (if applicable)
- Interim glasses required between High Profile treatments
- VHF Artemis VHFU Examinations (if applicable)
- All aftercare visits
- Supplemental exams carried out within a year of treatment
- 24-hour access to the surgeon by mobile phone
- All post-operative medications
- Any necessary enhancements within a year of treatment
A patient having laser eye surgery on video
Real patient stories after laser eye surgery
Tony M., Company Director
The procedure was quick and painless. After 20 minutes or so of the laser surgery, I was led into a darkened room for a surprise massage. A very nice touch indeed and well appreciated.
Carlos D., Computer Programmer
Caroline K., Researcher, from South Croydon
Thank you very much to staff at the clinic and to Dr Carp for a very thorough pre-surgery consultation, which put my fears at rest. The surgery itself was quick and painless & Dr Carp talked me through each step methodically. One day later, I have no pain and very little discomfort (and good vision!)
Grainne M., Lawyer
Laser eye surgery publications:[arrow_list]
- Have you seen the 10-year Long-term Safety Data on Lasik?
Journal of Refractive Surgery, 2006,
Dan Z. Reinstein and George O. Waring III
- Graphic Reporting of Outcomes of Refractive Surgery
Journal of Refractive Surgery,
Dan Z. Reinstein, George O. Waring III
- Accuracy and Reproducibility of Artemis Central Flap Thickness and Visual Outcomes of LASIK with the Carl Zeiss Meditec VisuMax Femtosecond Laser and MEL 80 Excimer Laser Platforms Journal of Refractive Surgery, 2010,
DZ Reinstein, TJ Archer, M Gobbe, N Johnson