What is The Likelihood of Needing an Enhancement?

Laser Eye Surgery is similar to glasses and contacts in that, if it’s not up to standard, you can always have it done again or go elsewhere.

The thing is, though, unlike glasses and contacts, you expect Laser Eye Surgery to be a one-time jobby. And it is — the vast majority of people who have it never need to return to the clinic again other than for their scheduled aftercare appointments.

There are, however, a small number of cases when their treatment may not have lead to the exact outcome desired. This is traditionally due to substandard treatment and/or an inadequate screening process, and so such events are largely avoided at high-quality clinics.

But there is another reason an enhancement may be necessary that isn’t so easily avoided. And so it’s important to be aware of what that is, your chances of needing an enhancement, and whether or not it is included in the cost of your treatment.

Your chance of needing a Laser Eye Surgery Enhancement

Mr Glenn Carp talks about the healing response after Laser Eye Surgery and the unlikely chance of needing an enhancement.

Most patients after Laser Eye Surgery do not require an enhancement. However, as Mr Glenn Carp explains in the video above, the higher your original prescription, the higher the likelihood there may be some drift in refraction as part of your eye’s healing response.

Patients are not able to control the healing response. Therefore, it is not down to the individual to cause the eyes to drift in refraction but more due to the actual eye itself. Generally speaking, patients with very low prescriptions have a very low enhancement rate, (around 5 percent of patients) but with higher prescriptions, there may be a slightly higher likelihood of needing one (around 8 percent of patients).

In the rare case you do need an enhancement, the clinic should only perform one if you have a real potential of seeing better than after the initial treatment and if it is safe to do so.

At London Vision Clinic, we pride ourselves in helping our patients achieve the best possible visual results. Therefore, even if a patient sees 20/20 after the initial procedure, but they have the potential to see even better, we will offer a complimentary enhancement to help them achieve a better quality of vision.

It is due to this commitment that 4 out of 5 (80 percent) of our short-sighted patients with a prescription up to -9D can see 20/16 or better after all treatments. While almost half (47 percent) of our longsighted patients up to +6D also reach the same outcome.

If you’d like to find out more about enhancements and discover why our enhancement rate is so low, drop us a comment below or get in touch with our friendly team of experts.