Laser Eye Surgery: questions and answers from Optegra Eye Clinic Leeds

Considering laser eye surgery? It’s the most popular elective surgery in the UK! Your eyes are precious and it’s natural to be nervous.  However think of the benefits of not needing your glasses or contact lenses anymore!

Our state of the art Optegra eye clinic in Leeds offers the latest laser eye procedures and treatments, and they've put together the following answers for a range of common questions relating to laser eye surgery.
Q What is laser eye surgery?

A. Put simply, laser eye surgery uses a laser to reshape the cornea of the eye, changing its focussing power to correct your sight, and 99% of people achieve 20/20 vision or better.

Laser eye surgery is a refractive procedure and not only allows you to see clearly but also gives you the added bonus of not having to use glasses or contact lenses.You can find out more about what laser eye surgery involves here.

Optegra Leeds offers 2 types of laser eye surgery, LASIK and LASEK.  

Q: Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

A: Many people are unsure if they are suitable for laser eye surgery.

You may not be able to have surgery if you have diabetes, glaucoma, dry eyes, are under 21 or are pregnant/breastfeeding.

If you are not able to have laser eye surgery, you could be eligible for other procedures Optegra offer, such as lens replacement surgery.

We offer a free, no obligation consultation with one of our ophthalmic surgeons. They will conduct an in-depth assessment to ascertain your suitability and create an individual solution for you. 

Q: What can laser eye surgery correct?

A: Laser eye surgery can correct a number of common vision problems including:

Short Sight (Myopia) – This is where the eye has too much focussing power which ultimately results in blurred distance vision but clear near vision.

Long Sight (Hyperopia) – Here the eye has too little focussing power which results in blurred closer vision.

Astigmatism – This is where the cornea is misshaped. Instead of being round, i.e a football, it will be an rugby ball like shape.  This makes images blurred and distorted at all distances.

Wavefront Abnormalities – this is where the eye has tiny imperfections which decrease the overall quality of vision. Whilst this may not be solved by glasses or contact lenses, laser surgery is likely to be a far more attractive option.

Q: What are the different type of laser eye surgery?

A: Leeds performs two different laser eye surgeries, LASIK and LASEK.

LASIK: (Laser assisted in situ-keratomileusis) A type of laser eye surgery used for short sightedness, long sightedness, astigmatism and wavefront abnormalities.

We use the latest technology - a state of the art femtosecond laser to focus thousands of tiny laser spots on the cornea. These spots join up to create a flap that can be gently lifted. The cornea is then reshaped - giving patients a rapid visual recovery.

LASEK: (Laser assisted epithelia keratomileusis) This is the most common procedure at Leeds Eye Clinic. This is more suited to those with low eye focussing problems. It also suits those with a thinner cornea and dry eyes who may be unable to have LASIK.

Here a fine, surface layer of the cornea is loosened and folded back. An Excimer Laser then reshapes the cornea surface and corrects the eyes refractive error.

Although not offered at Leeds there is also a third option, SMILE.

SMILE: (Small incision lenticule extraction) this positively named procedure is a minimally invasive, bladeless form of keyhole laser surgery.

It helps to correct short sightedness and astigmatism without having to create a flap on the cornea. This means the eye is more comfortable post treatment than open flap procedures and also ensures a quicker recovery. Anaesthetic drops are applied to numb the eye while a state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss VisuMax laser places a number of pulses in the eye with 3D accuracy. These pulses form bubbles of tissue that need to be removed via laser to correct the cornea. This procedure is currently only available at our Central London Eye Hospital.

To find out more on these procedures, please visit the laser eye treatments page on our site.
Q: What risks are associated with laser eye surgery?

A:Laser eye surgery is a commonly performed elective procedure but like all surgery it carries risks. However the complication rate is extremely low and these are mostly minor.

Optegra ensures that the risks of laser eye surgery are minimalised by carefully selecting suitable candidates for treatment, having world class specialist surgeons and strong compliance with the patient throughout the process.

Q. Why choose Optegra for laser eye surgery?

A: Our eye hospitals and clinics are supported by a team of dedicated optometrists, healthcare technicians and over 155 surgeons.

The hospitals and clinics are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and are furnished to a first class standard above that of private hospitals.

Our Consultant Opthalmic Surgeons are among the best in the industry. Each consultant is NHS trained and a fellow of the Royal College of Opthalmologists. All our surgeons have conducted thousands of eye treatments and surgeries.
Q: Are patients happy?

A: We are the UKs number one trusted eye treatment specialist according to Trustpilot. You can read our customers' laser eye surgery reviews here

To find out more and book a free consultation please call 0808 169 6769.

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