Which type of laser eye surgery is right for me?

Many people do not initially realise that there are a number of different types of laser eye surgery, each of which is suitable for people with slightly different needs. The benefit of this is that even if you find you aren’t able to have one method of laser eye surgery, you could still find another procedure to provide you with the great results you’re looking for.
To learn more about the different types of laser eye surgery and whether they could be suitable for you, read on below.

LASIK eye surgery

LASIK eye surgery is the most well-known and popular type of laser eye treatment. LASIK can be used to treat astigmatism, long sightedness (hyperopia), short sightedness (myopia), and wavefront abnormalities. It is most suitable for individuals who have a moderate degree of refractive error.
The procedure is blade-free and painless, and research shows that a monumental 96% of patients achieved the vision they desired after having LASIK surgery. Most patients find that they no longer need glasses or contact lenses after having LASIK eye surgery, and if necessary then further adjustments can be made later down the line.

LASEK eye surgery

Although LASIK is the most well-known type of laser eye surgery, not everyone is suitable for LASIK treatment, so LASEK eye surgery offers a great alternative. For instance, if you’ve been told that your corneas are too thin or flat for LASIK treatment, you may still be able to have LASEK.
One of the reasons why many people prefer to get LASIK eye surgery is that it tends to offer a faster recovery, whereas with LASEK your eyes may feel uncomfortable for a few days afterwards and bandage contact lenses will need to be worn for up to a week. Nevertheless, if you are unable to have LASIK surgery for any reason then LASEK is a great option which can help you enjoy improved vision and even freedom from glasses and contact lenses.

SMILE eye surgery

We are delighted to offer ReLEx® SMILE eye surgery here at Optegra, presenting our patients with a bladeless and minimally invasive type of keyhole laser eye surgery. This innovative treatment can be used to correct higher degrees of short sightedness, otherwise known as myopia. SMILE eye surgery is suitable for individuals with or without astigmatism.
One of the great benefits of SMILE eye surgery compared with other methods is that a greater proportion of patients are accepted for treatment. For example, you may have a greater chance of being able to have SMILE eye surgery when compared with LASIK and LASEK if you have thin corneas, dry eyes, or a strong prescription.

Your suitability for laser eye surgery

The range of treatment options available these days means that more people than ever can benefit from laser vision correction, but there are a few conditions which could affect your suitability for treatment. If any of the following apply to you, then laser vision correction may not be right for you:
  • You are under 21
  • You have glaucoma
  • You have certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes
  • You have dry eyes
  • Your prescription has changed recently
  • You are mainly dependent on reading glasses
  • You need very strong glasses
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding 

It’s important to note that every case is considered on an individual basis, so it’s best to speak to one of our ophthalmic surgeons to find out for sure whether you’re suitable for treatment. Book a free consultation with us today, to discuss your needs with one of our experts, and they’ll advise you on the best option for you.

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