Things to check ahead of laser eye surgery

6 October 2020

Had enough of losing your glasses, or putting them on and off all day long? Contact lenses and all the solutions too much hassle for you?

Then you may be one of the thousands of people in the UK who are considering laser eye surgery as a solution to your eyesight problems.

As a medical procedure, you need to be sure to select your surgeon and medical provider carefully, and not be rushed in to any decision.

To help you, consultant ophthalmic surgeon Mr Robert Morris offers these suggestions regarding information you may want to research and consider before you make your decision.

Know your experts

It is important you have the chance to meet the experts who will personally treat you, and become familiar with the eye clinic before your surgery.

At Optegra we offer the opportunity for you to have a virtual consultation with your personal eye surgeon.  They can discuss your visual needs and recommend the best treatment, specific to those needs so that when you come for your assessment you will be clear about your options.

There are a number of treatment options available to correct vision; not just several types of laser eye surgery but also implantable contact lenses and Refractive Lens Exchange …so you need speak to the individual expert ophthalmic surgeon who will treat you, to be reassured they are recommending the exact right treatment for you.

Consider the different types of laser eye surgery

Long gone are the days of surgeons selecting between LASIK  or LASEK  – the two main types of laser eye surgery previously offered.

Ensure you select a medical provider that delivers an extensive range of treatments.

The experts will then consider factors like your age, your spectacles prescription, and whether you have dry eye or other health conditions, to recommend which laser eye surgery is best for you.

Technology has made such huge advances in recent years, why not choose a hospital that can offer all these latest technologies?

So what are the options?

LASIK is the most popular type of laser eye surgery. A laser creates a flap which is gently lifted so the cornea can be reshaped.

LASEK is available but rarely performed since the introduction of SMILE at Optegra.

As well as these more traditional treatments, at Optegra we offer SMILE – which stands for SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction.

But don’t worry about the medical jargon!  Your personal surgeon would explain, SMILE is considered the ‘keyhole’ of laser eye surgery.  It is a minimally invasive, bladeless form of the surgery which means it heals incredibly quickly, and can treat people with very high prescription short-sightedness.

Alternatively, PRESBYOND is one of the most recent laser eye surgery options and is ideal for people over 40 whose eyes naturally begin to need reading glasses.  It’s a fantastic solution for many people who may have been told they are too old for laser eye surgery; and it results in excellent vision at all distances.

Rest assured, you don’t need to personally worry about which option to go for – leave that to your clinical team to recommend, based on their extensive knowledge and expertise, and their interpretation of your consultation diagnostic testing.

Do your hospital research

Find out as much as you can about the specific hospital or clinic you may be interested in.

You can read independent reviews of the hospitals and their surgeons on review sites such as Trustpilot and Doctify. Optegra have excellent reviews and have been awarded “top rated” provider status by Doctify.

You can also find out their success rates for the different types of laser eye surgery. For example, over 99% of Optegra laser eye surgery  patients achieve 20/20 vision.

But also check early on it you are suitable for laser eye surgery – as you do not want to spend hours researching, if your eyes are not right for laser.

At Optegra we offer free expert advice, right from the outset  – by using our online booking page you will be able to find out within minutes if you are suitable for laser eye surgery.

Know who is not suitable

It is worth you being aware that some groups of people are not able to progress with laser eye surgery.  These include:

  • People aged under 18 years
  • Those with glaucoma
  • Those whose prescription has changed significantly
  • Those with severe dry eyes
  • Ladies who are pregnant or breastfeeding

Be clear on costings

 Ensure your provider is clear on whether the quote is per eye, or total cost for two eyes.

Also check there are no ‘hidden costs’. At Optegra we pride ourselves on transparent, clear costings – there is one full and final quote, no additions.

If you would rather spread the cost, check how your provider can support you. At Optegra, we have 0% financing available, and affordable monthly payments.

Check out recovery times

Many of us lead busy lives and have many commitments to work and family life.  To help you plan the most convenient time to have your laser eye surgery, it is worth you checking with your consultant what the typical recovery times are for the recommended surgery.

For example, if you have LASIK or SMILE you can be back to work in just 24 hours, but if you have LASEK the recovery is slightly longer and your eyes made need a few more days to recover.

Make plans for the day of treatment

It will not be possible for you to drive yourself home after having laser eye surgery, so do consider who would be able to assist, or if you need to book a taxi to get home.

You can also check with your hospital or clinic how long you should allow at the hospital.

For example, at Optegra, we are carrying out as much consultation virtually as possible, to reduce the amount of time you spend in the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means we have also reduced the numbers of patients in the hospital at any one time, so you will not have to wait around very long.

With our efficient patient pathways you could be in and out within an hour to have your laser eye surgery.

 

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