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I would definitely recommend Laser Eye Surgery. It's so quick and so easy and then you have the rest of your life to see perfectly in HD!

Djalenga Scott, London
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How Long Does Laser Eye Surgery Last?

What Is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a process where a laser is to used to permanently reshape the cornea. The cornea is the transparent front part of the eye which covers the lens, the coloured iris and the pupil. Laser eye surgery is suitable for those who are short-sighted (myopic), long-sighted (hyperopic) and those who suffer from astigmatism. Laser eye surgery can correct these problems, helping to restore the quality of eyesight to the patient, without the need for glasses and contact lenses. Laser eye surgery is regarded as being quick, effective and painless. It is one of the most sought after surgical treatments for correction of eye problems.

Laser surgery is not appropriate for age related presbyopia which is where a person develops the need for glasses for close work such as reading. This is due to presbyopia being a problem with lens flexibility as opposed to a problem with the cornea.

How Does Laser Eye Surgery Work?

How does laser eye surgery work and how can it improve my vision?

How Long Does Laser Eye Surgery Last?

The results of laser eye surgery should last a lifetime as the cornea is an extremely stable tissue. Only a very small number of patients have had regression to the eye which has required further laser treatment.

It is important to think about the best time to have laser eye surgery. Although laser eye surgery is permanent, it is possible your eyes may change over time. The condition of the eye may change for people under the age of eighteen, so laser eye surgery is not recommended. Some clinics will only treat patients if they are over the age of 21. The condition of the eye may also change during pregnancy, therefore surgery is not recommended for women who are pregnant.

Effectiveness Of Laser Eye Treatment

The success rate for laser eye surgery is high with 9 out of 10 patients experiencing improved vision following laser eye treatments. Patients should do their homework before committing to surgery and should research their clinic and surgeon thoroughly beforehand. Your surgeon should offer a clear understanding of the potential risks involved in surgery and talk you through the various options available. LASIK, LASEK and PRK laser eye procedures vary in complexity and technique and success rates vary as a result.

Laser eye surgery patient playing tennis

The Cost Of Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery can cost between £1,000 to £1,500 per eye. If you are considering treatment, you will need to have a thorough eye examination. This should be carried out by an optometrist who is experienced in laser surgery. They will be able to advise you whether you will be eligible for laser eye surgery and will be able to outline the surgical process and the potential risks.

The Laser Surgery Procedure

Before laser eye surgery begins, the patient will be given a local anaesthetic in the form of eye drops. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, a small cut is made in the cornea to create a flap. This is folded back so that the middle part of the cornea is revealed. The laser will work on this part of the eye to reshape the cornea. Once the laser work is complete, the piece of cut corneal tissue will be replaced onto the newly shaped cornea. It is possible to have both eyes treated on the same day, but this is a decision you will need to make with your consultant.

The laser procedure will last approximately 30 seconds for each eye. The patient will usually be in surgery for about 30 - 35 minutes, which will cover preparation time, briefing by the surgeon, etc. The eye is covered by a patch for the next 24 hours to protect it. Vision may be blurred for a few days following surgery. Most patients find they are well enough to return to work within a week of surgery.

Djalenga Talks Us Through Her Laser Eye Surgery Procedure

Laser eye surgery patient Djalenga talks us through her LASEK laser eye surgery procedure, what sensations she experienced and how long the whole procedure took.

Types Of Treatment

LASIK treatment is a common practice for laser eye correction. LASIK focuses on the “reshaping of the cornea to assist using lasers to facilitate corrective sight”. It is described to be a virtually “painless procedure”. LASEK eye surgery is another method used which does not involve the creation of a “flap”.

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