Laser Eye Surgery Questions Answered

If you’re considering laser eye surgery, then you’ve probably got some questions that you’d like answered to help you decide what to do. Laser eye surgery can change lives, and dramatically improve the vision of those who once needed glasses/contacts. Read on to get some of your most burning questions answered:

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Can I have Laser Eye Surgery?

Whether you can have laser eye surgery or not totally depends on your circumstances. You’ll need to be examined by a medical professional, who will then give you an idea of the procedures available to you. Depending on your issue, e.g astigmatism or nearsightedness, you may need a different kind of procedure. Two different kinds of laser eye surgery are LASEK and LASIK. In most treatments, your cornea will be cut to make a flap, before being reshaped and replaced.


Can I Have Laser Eye Surgery on the NHS?

No. The NHS does not consider this to be an essential procedure, so you will need to pay for the treatment yourself.


What Will it Cost Me?

This depends on where you go and what you’re having done exactly. I can’t give you an exact figure, but it could be anywhere from £1200 to £4000 or more. Never choose a clinic based on price though; this needs to be a decision based on the best surgeon with a low risk profile.


Will it Hurt?

Eye surgery doesn’t necessarily hurt; it just might feel a little uncomfortable, with pressure when you’re having your cornea cut. Afterwards, you may have dry eyes, blurred vision, and feel a little sore.


What Are the Risks?

All treatments like this come with a certain amount of risk. You might suffer from permanent dry eyes, or have ingrown eyelashes that need to be plucked afterwards. However, the chances of going blind is at about 1 in 5 million due to the excellent technology we have today.


What are The Chances of Something Going Wrong?

The chances of something going wrong are less than 5%. However, you should always select a great surgeon who you like the sound of.


How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The procedure itself may only take half an hour, while the actual laser might only be in use for 60 seconds.


Will My Eyesight Be Perfect Straight Away?

No. This is where adverts can be a little misleading. Your vision may be worse straight away, and you may experience some side effects. Depending on the treatment you have, you may take 6 months to get the perfect vision you want. However, you will notice improvements after about a week.


How Long Will it Take me To Recover?

Anything from 1 day to 1 week. That’s when you can go back to work like normal. You can find more information on a site such as .


When Can I Drive?


You should only drive when you have been cleared to do so by your doctor. You definitely can’t drive immediately after your treatment, so you’ll need a lift or taxi home.


I hope you make the right decision for you!



Laser Eye Surgery – What are the Risks?

It is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that 153 million people worldwide suffer from poor vision. 30 million laser eye surgeries have been performed since its introduction in the 1980s, with around 150,000 UK patients choosing laser surgery every year. With such staggering figures, it is important to consider laser eye surgery as a long-lasting alternative to glasses and contact lenses. But what are the risks and is corrective surgery right for you?

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