The best and worst times to have Laser Eye Surgery

Like upgrading your house, there comes a time when you decide to upgrade your eyesight. But wait a minute, you still have a mortgage to pay off, the bathroom needs remodeling, and the dog has just soiled the rug; some times are just more suited than others to make the change.

Inanimate objects are difficult enough to manage, but complex living organisms like the body make things really challenging. Ageing, disease, hormones, and genes affect us all differently, and finding those ideal moments for change is a true skill in itself.

Part of this is because the body is happy chugging away in the background, autonomously regulating systems and repairing and growing while we go about our days none the wiser.

So while we may feel ready for something, our bodies can often have other ideas. When it comes to Laser Eye Surgery, this is very much the case. Instead of going to the clinic to be told to come back again next year, take a look at our round up of the best and worst times to have Laser Eye Surgery.

The bad times

During pregnancy

Hormonal imbalances during pregnancy are more commonly associated with morning sickness and mood swings, but their affects on your eyesight are just as disruptive.

While pregnant, many experience a reduction in their visual acuteness, tipping themselves and their prescriptions off balance. This often comes in the form of myopia or nearsightedness, causing blurry vision over a distance, but can also be a shift to hyperopia or farsightedness.

That’s not all. As if carrying a person-to-be wasn’t enough, hormone imbalances are also known to cause dry eyes. That means, along with the subtle changes in your prescription, that Laser Eye Surgery is off the cards until your vision is once again stable.

When your eyes are still changing

While our bodies are growing in our teens and early twenties, our eyes continue to grow and change along with them. And much like with pregnancy, we like to see a stable prescription before performing Laser Eye Surgery.

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If you’re over 18 and your eyes have been stable for at least a year, you should have no problem with having the procedure. Bring your current glasses or contact lenses along to a consultation to confirm you’re ready for treatment.

If you have a dry eye condition

Due to our fast paced digital lifestyles, dry eye syndrome is becoming an increasingly common condition. Unfortunately for those with the condition, as Laser Eye Surgery procedures such as LASIK have a tendency to cause a little post-op dry eye, alternative methods of vision correction are often suggested.

Post-op dry eye occurs as the LASIK procedure disrupts the nerves on the outer surface of the eye, resulting in a decreased sensitivity and a period of reduced tear production. But don’t give up hope just yet, ReLEx SMILE—a new and revolutionary key-hole procedure—aims to make this a thing of the past.

Read more about the minimally invasive ReLEx SMILE procedure.

The good times

When you’re at the end of your tether

Maybe you’re just getting over an infection caused by contact lenses, maybe you’ve lost your second pair of glasses in a month. Or maybe you’ve finally got around to booking that scuba diving holiday—whatever it is, there often comes a point when we realise our glasses and contact lenses have outlived their use.

Glasses and contacts have their purposes, but in reality they’re only a temporary form of vision correction. Maybe you’ve dismissed the idea of Laser Eye Surgery in the past, but at a time like this, it pays to take another look at Laser Eye Surgery and see if it is an option for you. Chances are you’ll find it’s a lot less costly and intimidating than you thought.


There is never a better time to have Laser Eye Surgery than now. The sooner you have the surgery, the more years you have to enjoy the unique benefits it brings.

There’s also the added bonus of being young and having eyes that tend to heal and stabilise a lot faster. That means side effects are less of a concern and the body is more effective at adapting to your new improved vision.

If you think you’re a good candidate for Laser Eye Surgery, the next step is to find the right clinic for you. Do your research, and book several consultations with different clinics to scope out everything from their credentials and experience, to their staff and policies. You’re only given one pair of eyes, so this really isn’t a time to skimp on homework and opt for the most convenient or cheapest option available.

If you’d like to book a consultation with us, or find out if now is a good time for you to have Laser Eye Surgery, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.

The best and worst times to have Laser Eye Surgery

  1. Aralia 18/05/2016 at 09:32

    I wanted to have my eyes do a lasik surgery, but Now I’m actually confused if any of PRK or lasek would be a better choice to get the myopia of my eyes corrected?!!! The degree of the myopia is 1D.

    Thank you!

    • Bethany Kingsley 18/05/2016 at 12:25

      Hi Aralia,

      Everyone’s eyes are different. At London Vision Clinic our aim is to get you the best possible results and that means assessing your eyes for 3.5 hours initially to determine what the best treatment plan for you would be. Unfortunately, just knowing your prescription doesn’t give us enough information. We would need to assess your suitability fully and ascertain whether the PRK, Lasik or ReLEx SMILE treatment would be the best option. Please let us know if you need any other information by getting in contact on 0207 224 1005 or via

      London Vision Clinic

      • Aralia 20/05/2016 at 13:58

        Hi again,

        First, THANKS for the quick reply! I had already asked similar question with even more explanation in another medical website and they paid NO attention to it!!
        Well, I had actually another quest in which if infections caused by sinusitis could harm eyes any ways, esp after getting eyes done a surgery which means they will get much more sensitive?_I been suffering from a chronic sinusitis too for ages now (sometime it gets kind of infected even if I use anti bioethics for it).


        • Bethany Kingsley 20/05/2016 at 14:23

          Hi Aralia,

          Thank you for your comment. The sinusitis infections you are experiencing will not affect surgery. We would obviously want to make sure you had no signs of infection at the time of surgery. Any sinusitis infection you got after surgery would affect your eyes in the same way. It certainly wouldn’t preclude you from surgery. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

          London Vision Clinic

  2. Jessica sadh 18/05/2016 at 15:44

    I am 18 years old my number iswas -10.5 and -2.5 cylindrical since past 4 years . Suddenly this year it increased by 1 and now it is -11.5 . Is laser eye surgery possible for me

    • Bethany Kingsley 18/05/2016 at 16:16

      Hi Jessica,

      We do treat patients as young as 18, however, to confirm if you would be suitable we would need to see you for a consultation. We would need as many previous prescriptions as you can get. It is certainly possible but we would need to make sure that it was the best option for you at this stage. Please let us know if you have any further questions or call the clinic to speak to one of our Patient Care Coordinators on 0207 224 1005.

      London Vision Clinic

  3. Lucy Duns 14/06/2016 at 19:09

    Hi. I am 49 and generally fit and healthy. My vision has deteriorated over the last few years and I am now struggling with my 3rd pair of varifocals. Would laser eye surgery be suitable for someone like me whose prescription seems to be changing at a (what seems to me) fairly rapid pace?

    • Bethany Kingsley 20/06/2016 at 15:32

      Hi Lucy,

      Thank you for your comment. It sounds like presbyopia has set in for you. This is the natural ageing of the eye and unfortunately means we all need to pop on the reading glasses at some point. Laser Blended Vision, a treatment pioneered at the London Vision Clinic can treat patients with presbyopia. Please follow this link for more information. If you would like to discuss more, please call the clinic on 0207 224 1005.

      London Vision Clinic

  4. John Mackenzie 09/11/2016 at 06:53

    I want to have Lasik Eye Surgery because I am sick and tired of lens I want a permanent solution but on the other hand I am very scared of eye laser surgery. Would laser eye surgery be suitable for me? Is it secure? Should I go for it?

    • Bethany Kingsley 09/11/2016 at 07:19

      Hi John, Laser eye surgery is a very safe medical procedure in terms in comparison. I am unable to say whether it is suitable for you without any information, you may want to call the clinic and get more information about your eyes on 0207 224 1005. One of our Patient Care Coordinators will be happy to go through any questions for you.
      London Vision Clinic

  5. Karnvir Singh 09/02/2017 at 08:01

    Hi, i am Karnvir from India .recently my eyes have got the problem of anterior uveitis . my treatment is goig on and before this i never wore spectacles but now i have to of -1.5 cylindrical. can u please tell that should i do an eye surgery to get rid of the spectacles . will it be safe for me .

    • Bethany Kingsley 09/02/2017 at 09:08

      Hi Karnvir,
      Unfortunately, we are unable to determine your suitability with this information alone. You would certainly not be able to proceed while the uveitis was active. We would need to see you first for a consultation and most likely require blood tests to fully determine your suitability for laser eye surgery. Please call the clinic on 020 7224 1005 for more information.
      London Vision Clinic

      • Karnvir Singh 11/02/2017 at 07:43

        actually i am in india and cannot come to london for blood tests and various other tests.
        if i get rid of uveitis then can i have the treatment for eyes .actually i want to get rid of the spectacles as early as possible but safely. i am 17 yrs of age so please guide me as i dont know about these things much
        thank you

        • Bethany Kingsley 16/02/2017 at 11:49

          Hi Karnvir, We would be unable to advise if you would be suitable following Uveitis without assessing your eyes for a thorough examination. I would advise that you seek specialist help closer to home. However, as you are under 18 you should wait until proceeding with surgery.
          London Vision Clinic

  6. Hassan Akhtar 21/06/2017 at 10:08

    I am 30 years old. I also have a issue with my eyes that I wake up with itchy wet red eye. it is painful. I get a burning sensation. It only happens maybe one a month or in two months.

    Is eye surgery suitable for me?

    Thank you

    • Bethany Kingsley 22/06/2017 at 07:25

      Hi Hassan,

      We would need to assess your eyes and determine the issue you are having, from the information you have given, it is possible you could be suitable for laser eye surgery. As I said, you would need to have a full assessment to determine your suitability.

      London Vision Clinic

  7. Wayne 19/02/2018 at 11:47

    Hi, I am considering laser eye surgery within the next month or so. I have never worn glasses, my eyesight is not terrible. Do I need to wear prescription glasses for a certain period of time prior to laser surgery so that you get an accurate/stable prescription?..Or can laser eye surgery go ahead without the need of a prior prescription?

    Many Thanks

    • Bethany Kingsley 19/02/2018 at 13:21

      Hi Wayne, thanks for your comment.
      We normally ask for the previous few years worth of prescriptions as a way to track how your prescription has changed, and see it stabilising.
      If you do not need glasses, you should not start wearing them. Laser eye surgery aims to eliminate or reduce someones need for glasses, so we would need to find out more about your and your eyes in this instance.
      If you would like to discuss further with one of our Patient Care Coordinators, call us on 020 7224 1005.
      Kind Regards,
      London Vision Clinic

  8. jughead 27/03/2018 at 21:17

    I had laser eye surgery somewhere like 1995, approx 23 years ago (45 years old now) , and now i am back on glasses and contacts. can i have second laser eye surgery. or should i go for lens replacement or if there is any other kind of eye technology which i can use.

    kind regards

    • Chloe Lay 09/04/2018 at 15:35

      Hi there,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, it is normal for someone to need a top-up procedure, to tweak the results many years later. We have a treatment called Laser Blended Vision, which addresses the need for reading glasses. You can read more about it here – This treatment compared to lens replacement is less invasive, lower risk, and can often be much cheaper. If you would like to know more, please give us a call on 020 7224 1005.
      Kind Regards,
      London Vision Clinic

  9. Graham Brown 24/07/2018 at 15:23


    I am in my early 60’s and, like most people I have had to wear glasses since my 40’s due to natural aging of the eyes. My prescription has been fairly stable for the last couple of years and so I have been giving some thought to laser surgery. However, I have been advised by my GP that my eyes will continue to change as I move through the next couple of decades and should I reach my 80’s or later, there is a much enhanced risk of cataracts, surgery on which would cause a need for further laser treatment. Added to this he pointed out that due to the continued aging, I would probably still need to wear reading glasses.
    In that case I might as well continue to wear varifocals and get the best lenses that I can afford.
    Is my GP scaremongering or is laser surgery not ideal for the over 60’s for the reasons he stated?

    • Chloe Lay 09/08/2018 at 08:48

      Hi Graham, thank you for your comment.
      Presbyopia is a gradual change once you get into your forties, yes, although it is completely unique to each individual in terms of the progression and degree to which it may alter your vision. Should you have laser eye surgery, there is no link to causing cataract formation. I would recommend calling us to have a chat with our Patient Care Coordinators to discuss the various options you have on 020 7224 1005.
      Kind Regards,
      London Vision Clinic

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