Common laser eye surgery questions answered

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, laser eye surgery could be a great option to relieve yourself from the hassles that come with them. Having laser eye surgery is an extremely safe and reliable way to lose your glasses permanently.

Before going ahead with any type of surgery, however, it’s only natural to have some questions. Below we have identified the most common questions we get asked by patients about laser eye surgery.


Q. What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a safe and common surgical procedure which can correct visual errors including astigmatism, short and long sightedness. A successful procedure will eliminate the requirement for glasses or contact lenses. Laser eye surgery has evolved dramatically since its early days, with modern techniques offering greater treatment outcomes and comfort, faster healing times and fewer complications. It is safer than ever to undergo eye laser surgery when you choose a quality provider.   


Q. What are the different types of laser eye surgery?

LASIK is the most common form of laser eye surgery. However there are other types as well, including PRK and LASEK. Although very few UK laser eye surgery clinics offer it, the most advanced laser eye surgery technique in the world is 3rd generation SMILE, which is available at Optegra’s eye hospital in central London.


Q. How does laser eye surgery work?

In a nutshell, the procedure corrects vision by reshaping the patient’s cornea, which alters the way in which light gets to the retina. While the concept of the procedure has remained the same since debuting 40 years ago, laser eye surgery evolution has made outcomes faster, better and more comfortable.


Q. Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

You may be a good candidate for the procedure if you suffer from astigmatism, myopia or hyperopia. However, there are various instances when a person may be unsuitable – for instance, if you are under 21, if you have a very strong prescription, or if you suffer from conditions such as dry eyes, glaucoma or diabetes. In such instances you may benefit from alternate vision correction procedures. The only way to know for sure if you are suitable for treatment is to book a free consultation.

Alternatively, attend an Optegra Open Evening where you can learn more about laser eye treatments from surgeons and past patients, while touring the modern hospital where surgery takes place.

Infographic about laser eye surgery open evenings at Optegra

Q. How much does laser eye surgery cost?

While cost is a natural factor to consider, it should not form the basis of your decision in who to choose as a laser eye surgery provider. There are many other key factors to consider when choosing a clinic – for example, the quality of a provider’s surgeons, whether they offer the most advanced treatments and technology, and whether they operate from modern dedicated hospitals (or out of a basement).

At Optegra, we offer laser eye surgery with fixed prices, so you can be confident of how much your treatment is going to cost. Prices include everything from your consultation and the surgery itself to any aftercare you require, so you don’t need to worry about unexpected costs. We also offer a range of finance options, making it easier for everyone to afford the treatment required.  For more details, see our laser eye surgery prices page.


Q. What is the recovery time for laser eye surgery?

Many people worry about recovery times for laser eye surgery. The length of time for recovery depends largely on what type of laser eye surgery you have had. LASIK is incredibly quick, with many people seeing results within 24 hours. LASEK takes a little longer, and your eyes may take a few days to adjust. 3rd generation SMILE is almost as quick as LASIK and there is less chance of developing dry eyes with it.


Q. Does laser eye surgery hurt?

In short, laser eye surgery is a painless procedure. The surgeon will apply anaesthetic drops so the patient feels no pain during treatment. After treatment is over, patients may experience a short period where the eyes feel gritty. However, pain killers may be taken to minimise discomfort.


Q. How long does the procedure take?

When the latest laser eye technology is employed, surgery only lasts for 15 minutes, with the laser used for a fraction of this time.  


Q. What is the most advanced laser eye surgery available?

Although LASIK is the most common type of laser eye surgery procedure, ReLEx SMILE is the latest and most advanced laser eye surgery in the world. While the breakthrough technology is available in very few clinics, the minimally invasive technique involves a keyhole procedure with several advantages over LASIK and LASEK. Some of the advantages of SMILE eye surgery include the ability to treat higher prescriptions, a fast healing time and less chance of complications such as flap problems or dry eyes.  

Infographic about ReLEx SMILE surgery at Optegra

At Optegra Eye Hospital we understand every aspect of laser eye surgery. Over the past ten years we have grown into the most trusted eye health care group in the UK, with a team of 155 expert surgeons operating within our modern hospitals and clinics, across 12 locations. We are also one of the few UK providers to offer 3rd generation SMILE – the latest and most advanced laser eye surgery procedure in the world today.

To learn more about how laser eye surgery can help you lose your glasses or contacts, book a free consultation or open evening and get honest advice today.

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