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Not only can laser eye surgery give you complete freedom from glasses and contact lenses but it can save you £100's if not £1000's over your lifetime!
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- 3. Move the slider to specify the length of time you want to calculate savings over.
- 4. See how much you can save!
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Djalenga Talks Us Through The Procedure
The actual procedure was very quick, I went in, I got given eye drops so that I couldn’t feel anything so that my eyes were completely numb. I laid down, got asked if I was okay and definitely alright to go ahead. I couldn’t feel anything on my eyeballs at all because it just didn’t seem like anything was going on, but I could feel when they opened my eye. I didn’t see what it was so they hold your eyes open, put lots drops to make sure that it’s keeping moist I guess for the surgery, and then you look at the red dot. I had Lasek which is the one where they push some of the cells to the side, and then do the laser and you just keep looking at the red dot, and it’s quite weird because you can see there is obviously something when they’re pushing it across. You can’t really see what it is, but they move that across. You don’t feel anything at all you’re just looking at the red light.
Then they laser and you sort of see lots of red, and then it goes back and they put on the bandage contact lens, and that’s it and you don’t feel anything. You’re just looking at the red light. It was like three minutes on each eye, and then you’re done.
What Is Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser eye surgery is a procedure used to correct impaired vision and improve eyesight.
Also known as laser refractive surgery, laser eye surgery has been commonly used since the late 1980s, and is now the most popular method of corrective eye surgery in the UK. The treatment normally involves the reshaping of the cornea, which is the transparent layer covering the front of the eye. This is done using an excimer laser, a powerful ultraviolet laser. There are different techniques that are used to correct short sight, long sight and astigmatism, but laser refractive surgery is the most common. As it is considered to be non-essential however, it is normally available on the NHS. You will need to make an arrangement with a private clinic if you would like to consider laser eye surgery.
Suitable candidates for the procedure must be 21 years of age or over, and should ideally have a steady prescription that has not changed for at least two years. The procedure is carried out privately, and should be done so by a registered ophthalmologist. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) recommends that anyone conducting the surgery should have extensive specialist training in performing laser refractive surgery.
Types Of Laser Eye Surgery
Your optometrist will discuss with you the various and best methods for correcting your vision, along with the advantages and disadvantages. The most common types of laser surgery are LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis), Wavefront-guided LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis).
- LASIK - This is the most common procedure in the UK and has been performed since the mid-1990s. Surgeons cut across the cornea and raise a flap of tissue. Once the surface is exposed, it is then reshaped using the excimer laser and then the flap is replaced. It is most suitable for those with short sight and long sight, but may not be the laser eye treatment of choice for correcting high prescriptions.
- Wavefront-guided LASIK - This is a tailor-made form of LASIK that not only corrects your eyesight, but also reduces the natural irregularities of the eye.
- PRK - Performed since the late 1980s, it is now mainly used for correcting low prescriptions. This is done by the cornea being reshaped by the excimer laser but without a flap of tissue being cut.
- LASEK - Similar to PRK, the epithelium (surface layer) of the cornea is kept as a flap. This is thought to prevent complications and speed up healing.
Risks And Benefits Of Laser Eye Surgery
Most people are back to work within a few days to a week of the treatment. However, as is the nature of surgery, there can be complications and, although they are rare, your consultant will outline all of the risks at your initial consultation.
Some patients have a problem with dry eyes in the months after treatment, which can be helped by using artificial tears or eye drops. Other people can experience glare or halo effects whilst driving at night in the weeks or months after surgery. It is important to remember that this is more likely if a high degree or long- or short-sightedness is corrected. Severe loss of vision is very rare, as is too much thinning of the eye wall, which can make the shape of the eye unstable after treatment.
Your surgeon will be able to outline the risks to you and will make sure that you are comfortable with the procedure before going any further.
The treatment itself is very quick and painless. Your eyes will be numbed with anaesthetic eye drops to help reduce the pain and any risk of blinking. Other benefits include:
- Increased confidence and self-esteem.
- Freedom from having to wear contact lenses and glasses.
- Higher performance in sport without worries associated with contacts.
- No irritation from contact lenses or worries about having to change them.
- Many patients experience the clearest vision of their life.
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