Boots Laser Eye Surgery
Laser eye treatment is a procedure which permanently corrects the vision in eye. The procedure involves a slit being made along the cornea of the eye being treated which will form a flap of tissue which can be lifted. Once the incision has been made using a laser, the lens is then reshaped to improve vision. The incision that has been made is then sealed back up. Before making any incision in the eye, the surgeon or optician will apply anaesthetic drops to the eye.
What Is Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser eye surgery is a fairly simple for an experienced surgeon. It is pain-free and does not cause scarring. However, the patient may feel more sensitive to bright lights for some time after the procedure whilst they are recovering. The procedure involves reshaping the cornea depending on the vision problem that the individual patient suffers with.
For those that are near-sighted, the aim of laser eye surgery is to flatten the cornea, allowing the patient to see objects in the distance more clearly. For long-sighted patients, the aim is to create a more pointed cornea which will magnify objects that are closer.
Laser Eye Surgery At Boots
Similar to other high-street opticians, Boots do not currently offer laser eye surgery as one of its optometrist services, it has confirmed that plans are in place to introduce the procedure to some branches in 2012.
It is likely that the cost of laser eye surgery at Boots will be in line with average prices in the UK. Currently the cost of laser eye surgery in the UK varies greatly depending on aspects such as where the surgery is carried out, the surgeon that carries out the procedure and the degree of work which will be involved in giving the patient permanent clear vision.
In 2010 Lasik conducted a survey which accessed the price of eight major laser eye surgery clinics in the UK. Their findings revealed that the average cost of laser eye surgery is around £3000. Although some providers often advertise prices as low as £395 per eye, additional costs are rarely advertised.
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Types Of Corrective Eye Surgery
There are a number of types of laser eye surgery, and the type that’s right for you will depend on factors such as the condition that requires treatment, your corneal thickness, and general health.
The longest established kind of corrective eyes surgery is PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), and although it has been around since the late 1980s, it is now rarely used thanks to the advent of more modern treatments such as LASIK and LASEK. With PRK, the outer layer of the cornea is removed, with no need to make a flap, and the laser is then able to reshape the cornea as needed. LASIK was developed in the 1990s, and is today the most common form of laser surgery performed in the UK. With LASIK, the shape of the cornea is changed using an excimer laser, made possible through entering a flap made in the cornea by a mechanical blade known as a microkeratome. Variations of LASIK have been developed since, such as wavefront-guided LASIK, which can offer more precision and be used on eyes with fine imperfections. During Epi-LASIK, the thin top layer of the cornea is separated using a device called an epikeratome, and it’s moved to the side to allow the opthamologist access to the cornea.
With LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis), an incision is made on just the surface layer of the cornea to create a flap, and is often used on people with thin cornea, or who work in occupations or play sports in which they are likely to sustain an eye injury that could result in trauma. Finally, when laser corrective surgery isn’t suitable, the lens may be removed altogether and replaced with an artificial lens to restore vision.
LASIK is an effective, safe procedure that enables people to experience life free from eyeglasses or contact lenses.
There are a number of advantages to undergoing LASIK treatment, such as it’s high success rate. Around 96 per cent of all patients treated will effectively have their vision restored to 20/20, correcting conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Patients experience immediate vision improvement, and as there is anesthetic administered before the process, patients experience no pain and minimal discomfort. There is a relatively short recovery time, with no need for sutures or bandages. If you want to improve the level of your vision correction, or experience age-related changes to your vision that you want to put right, you can return to your opthamologist for further treatment.
While there are number of advantages associated with undergoing, LASIK, there are a few disadvantages as well, such as the fact that it’s an expensive procedure that is only available on the NHS under certain circumstances. LASIK is also a complex procedure, and while complications aren’t common, they can occur in rare cases. These can happen at the time your surgeon creates the flap, and therefore can cause permanent vision damage.
LASEK offers patients a number of advantages, especially to those with thin corneas.
Given that the method of the treatment is different to LASIK in that the flap remains on the eye and is not removed, there are no complications associated with reattachment. During LASEK, steps are taken to ensure the thin layer of the corneal surface (epithelium) remains intact, and so this can result in a faster healing process. Patients often experience less dry eye, a side effect more commonly associated with LASIK eye surgery. However, while the recovery process may present less in the way of complications, the recovery time does tend to be longer, and improvements to vision do not become as apparent as quickly as with LASIK. With LASIK, a patient’s vision can return to normal in as little as few days, whereas most LASEK patients will need to wait up to a fortnight for full vision to be restored. In addition, you may need to use steroid eyedrops for longer than patients who have undergone LASIK.
LASEK can often cause individuals to experience more discomfort than with LASIK, and in many cases, a patient will need to wear a contact lens for three to four days after the procedure. This lens acts as a bandage, providing the treated area with a level of protection as your eye blinks.
Financing Laser Eye Surgery
As laser eye surgery is deemed to be a cosmetic procedure, it is not offered as a free procedure from the National Health Service. It is not yet clear whether laser eye surgery at Boots will be offered with the option of finance, most established laser eye surgery providers do offer this option.
Want To Find Out More About Laser Eye Surgery?
If you'd like to find out more about laser eye surgery and find out whether it's the right procedure to treat your condition then why not get in touch? You can have a chat with one of our friendly advisers by either giving us a call directly on 020 7424 3130 or by entering a few details at the top of this page.
Alternatively you could take a look at our handy laser eye surgery frequently asked questions section for the answer to a variety of questions about laser eye treatment.