Get rid of your bad sight: When to opt for laser eye corrective surgery - The pros and cons

If you have vision problems and suffer from bad sight, it can be a big decision to decide when to take the plunge and opt for laser eye surgery. But as with all big decisions, weighing up the pros and cons can be a useful way to decide whether or not you’re ready to go ahead and have laser eye treatment.

There are multiple benefits associated with having laser eye surgery, that’s a given – especially if your sight is particularly bad and vision problems are beginning to interfere with your daily life. But there is no denying that this can be an expensive procedure - and a considerably large investment for most people.

In order to afford the cost of laser eye surgery, you may need to forgo your summer holiday or other expensive luxuries in favour of the life-changing benefits of the treatment, so the pros will definitely need to outweigh the cons for you to make giving up things like family holidays or house improvements worth the sacrifice.

The benefits of laser eye corrective surgery: the pros
  • Perfect (or near-perfect) vision
Getting rid of your bad sight and attaining perfect or near-perfect vision is, of course, one of the most revolutionary benefits of laser eye corrective surgery. Imagine being able to see perfectly at both long and short distances. And not having blurred vision.

For you, it might mean you can start playing competitive sports again or land your dream job – both of which were out of reach when your sight was bad.

There’ll be no more getting people to read the menu for you when you forgot your glasses, or you’re not wearing your lenses. And as soon as you open your eyes in the morning – Hello, clear vision, each and every morning!
  • Save Money
This is a big one. And although laser eye surgery might seem expensive at first glance, when you compare the money you’ll save on glasses and lenses – and visits to the opticians - over your lifetime, the savings can be considerable.

At Optegra, we offer 0% finance on laser eye surgery with fixed monthly payments, too.  So you don’t have to worry about saving up first – you can go right ahead and have the treatment and pay with affordable monthly payments.
  • Healthy Eyes
If you’ve ever had an eye infection you’ll know just how uncomfortable and painful they can be. They look pretty unsightly, too, which can be a huge knock to your confidence and self-esteem. And if they’re not treated quickly they can lead to serious complications with your eyes – and in rare cases, permanent blindness.
Due to the bacteria we all naturally have living on our skin and pick up on our hands and fingers, when you wear contact lenses there is a high risk of eye infections and irritation.

By opting for laser eye corrective surgery you will greatly reduce your risk of eye infection, because you will no longer need to wear lenses. And all those times you’ve experienced irritation whilst sitting in air-conditioned rooms or dusty environments will be gone forever, too!
Laser eye corrective surgery: the cons

Large Investment

There is no denying that laser eye corrective surgery is expensive, but you’re paying for a world-class eye surgeon to perform revolutionary surgery on your eyes – under the same stringent medical conditions as you would expect from any other type of surgery. Not to mention the end result of perfect or near-perfect vision, this is priceless, of course.

At Optegra, you can have laser eye surgery from £1795 per eye, including a Free Consultation – making the total treatment cost for both eyes £3,590. We price-match these costs against all other quality eye clinics in the UK – to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

It’s not cheap, but when you weigh up the costs against the benefits – it seems a small price to pay, doesn’t it?
  • Post-Operative Downtime
As with any other type or surgery you can expect a certain amount of downtime while your body goes through the natural healing process and everything settles down. But after laser eye corrective surgery, you won’t be laid up in bed or anything like that; you’ll just need to avoid one or two activities – like sports or getting water in your eyes in the days and weeks following your surgery.

You’ll also need to follow the aftercare advice given to you by your consultant, such as using eye drops and wearing protective goggles/eye shields.
Within about four weeks, however, your eyes will have healed and you won’t need to worry about anything other than wearing sunglasses in bright sunshine!
  • Treatment Risks
Laser eye corrective surgery is exactly that – a medical procedure/operation, so it is not without risk.

The risks of laser eye surgery are minimal however and the treatment carries only a 4% risk of complications. And a large proportion of the reported risks are minor complaints such as dry eyes or eye irritation, which will settle down naturally as your body heals – or problems that can be easily rectified with further treatment recommended by your consultant.

Since 1983, there has never been a case of permanent blindness reported following laser eye surgery. Overall it is an extremely safe procedure.

You can read more about the risks of laser eye surgery in our previous post on minimising the risks of laser eye surgery.

The UK’s no.1 most trusted eye specialist

If you’ve weighed up the pros and cons of laser eye corrective surgery and decided you want to go ahead and get rid of your bad sight once and for all, the next thing you need to do is find a specialist eye hospital or clinic to perform your treatment.

Optegra is the UK’s most trusted eye specialist – as voted for by our customers on Trust Pilot. You can read what they have to say about us, here.

We have 155 leading ophthalmic surgeons and eye specialists, and nationwide, state-of-the-art eye clinics and eye hospitals where you can be assured of high quality facilities, the latest technology and exceptional aftercare treatment.

To book at no obligation Free Consultation to discuss your treatment options with one of our eye specialists, please complete the online form and we’ll organise your personal consultation at your nearest clinic.


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