Laser Vision Correction
Choosing the right vision correction clinic for your surgery is paramount. This is a life changing procedure after all, and you need to have complete trust in your surgeon and care team of professionals.
LaserVision are unique in the fact that all of our clinics are hospital based and governed by leading NHS and Nuffield hospitals so you can have full trust in our service. We also personalise all the treatments listed below to get the best possible outcome for you and your eyes.
Learn more about how LaserVision is different to high street clinics here.
The decision about which technique of laser vision correction is right for you is made after a full assessment and consultation with your surgeon. It depends on factors such as your prescription and many aspects of your ocular examination, but also your personal choice.
- Laser eye surgery is one of the most commonly performed elective treatments in the world today and there has never been a safer time to have laser eye surgery.
- Endorsed by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), it is now estimated that over 32 million procedures have been performed worldwide.
- Laser vision correction treatment uses a cold, high-precision beam, which is precisely programmed to remove a microscopic layer of the cornea that alters its curvature, to correct vision.
- In reshaping the cornea, the focussing power of the cornea is altered, thus shifting the focus of the incoming light to the correct plane, the retina.
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- If you are still in the research stage of looking for vision correction, our Q&A blog series will be extremely helpful, find them here.
Available Treatments at LaserVision:
LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.
It has become most common form of laser vision correction in the world. This is due in part to the fact that it is performed under a protective layer of corneal tissue, meaning there is less surface area to heal and less risk of corneal haze and scarring. It also allows for a more rapid visual recovery. LASIK is able to treat a broad range of refractive errors.
More than 15 million LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide, since it was first introduced in the late 1980s and has now become the most commonly performed procedure in the world.
The goal of LASIK is to reduce a patient’s dependence on their glasses or contact lenses. Current research suggests that over 99% of patients reach the legal driving standard without glasses or lenses following LASIK treatment. At Laser Vision, the Consultant’s aim is to achieve the best possible vision for each patient.
LASIK is a virtually painless procedure and most patients only need anaesthetic drops to numb the eye prior to having this performed. The majority of patients say they feel no pain at all, though some mention feeling mild pressure or vibration during their treatment. Following the treatment there may be mild discomfort, but this is usually relieved by the use of the drops given at the time of the procedure, and by resting.
The procedure is very quick and involves creating a thin flap in the cornea and the laser is then applied to the mid corneal structure. The flap is then replaced and the vision recovers very quickly.
The IntraLase Method has been used successfully on millions of eyes and we trust this advanced technology to deliver exceptional results.
The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free technique used to perform the critical first step in the LASIK procedure: creating the corneal flap. The creation of the corneal flap prepares the eye for the second step of the LASIK procedure, where an excimer laser is used on the inner cornea to correct vision.
LASEK stands for Laser Assisted Epithelial Keratomileusis. It is the main alternative to LASIK.
The LASEK procedure involves preserving the extremely thin epithelial layer by lifting it from the eye’s surface before laser energy is applied for reshaping. After the LASEK procedure, the epithelium is replaced on the eye’s surface.
This is known as ‘surface’ laser, and is safer if your corneas are too thin or too steep for LASIK, or when it may be difficult to create a LASIK flap. The success rates for LASEK are very similar to those for the LASIK procedure.
Patients undergoing LASEK procedures often find that the healing process is slower than with LASIK and can result in more discomfort. The eyes may feel irritated during the first few days afterwards. Also, with LASEK compared with LASIK, it often takes longer to recover good vision; perhaps between four and seven days.
SupraLASE™ is a surface laser procedure that uses a technologically advanced excimer laser to remove the surface cells before performing the reshape of the cornea to treat myopia and astigmatism.
By using a technique in which the eye is treated from beginning to end with lasers, this treatment is a ‘non touch‘ treatment.
ReLEx FLEx and SMILE are ground-breaking new techniques that take laser vision correction for short-sight beyond LASIK. Both solely use the femtosecond laser to precisely separate and then remove a ‘lenticule’ (a very thin disc) of tissue to re-shape the cornea and change its lens power.
Like LASIK, the corneal surface layer remains largely untouched so ReLEx procedures share the same benefit of minimal post-operative discomfort and rapid visual recovery. But because no excimer treatment is necessary, the laser procedure itself is quicker: there is no ablation.
Is Laser Eye Surgery right for me?
Your LaserVision consultant surgeon can expertly guide you through the best treatments for you in your no obligation consultation.
If you are found not suitable for laser eye surgery, our experienced Consultant Ophthalmologic Surgeons can offer many treatments beyond laser to help you achieve your desired outcome.