What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is an innovative process to correct eyesight problems such as short sight, long sight and astigmatism, so you can see more clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Laser eye treatments work by using a laser to reshape the cornea of the eye, improving your ability to focus.

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Enjoy freedom from glasses and contact lenses

Optegra’s laser eye treatments use the latest techniques to correct sight problems such as short sight, long sight and astigmatism, so you can enjoy life free from glasses or contact lenses.

Arrange a free consultation with one of our world class laser eye surgeons, and they will assess your needs and select exactly the right laser eye treatment for you. We offer LASIKLASEK and SMILE eye surgery techniques, and our experts will guide you on the best option for your individual circumstances.

Laser Eye Surgery Cost

We offer a standard price for laser eye surgery, no matter what your specific prescription is, so you can get a clear idea of how much it’s going to cost. Payments can be spread over 12, 24 or 48 months and we also offer a free, no obligation consultation.

More Laser Eye Treatments

At Optegra, we provide laser eye treatments for a number of eyesight problems, including short sight, long sight, wavefront abnormalities and astigmatism. We use innovative surgery techniques, including LASIK, LASEK and SMILE surgery method.

Top 10 laser surgery questions

It’s natural to be hesitant before getting laser eye surgery. Take a look at our top 10 list of questions about laser eye treatments, and let us put your mind at ease.
Does laser eye surgery hurt?

Your laser eye surgeon will administer eye drops containing local anaesthetic so the treatment will be painless. Following treatment, LASIK patients may experience a gritty feeling for the first day. LASEK patients may experience this for a few days, and painkillers are provided to minimise discomfort.

How do I book a free laser eye consultation?

Booking your laser eye consultation is simple. You can call our freephone number on 0808 168 8281 or book online here. Alternatively, you could attend one of our open evenings with an expert laser eye surgeon and have all your questions answered, as well as taking a tour of the hospital.

How long does laser eye surgery last?

Laser eye surgery can correct most refractive errors depending on your age; however as the natural lens of the eye ages due to presbyopia, most people will naturally need reading glasses at some point.

How long does laser eye surgery take to perform?

Optegra has invested in state-of-the-art advanced laser eye technology to ensure the best possible results for our patients, allowing the patient's experience to be quicker and more comfortable.

We would advise that you allow 2 – 3 hours for the day of surgery; however, the surgery itself usually lasts approximately 15 minutes with the actual laser taking only a few seconds.

How quickly will I see the results of laser eye surgery?

Most patients enjoy rapid visual recovery after laser eye surgery, and may notice an improvement in their vision immediately, but in some patients recovery can be slower.

Vision usually improves over the week following the laser eye treatment and is reasonably stable after a month although it can take up to three months for the best visual quality to be achieved.

I have reading glasses - can I have laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery may not be suitable for people who need very strong glasses, or whose main problem is dependence on reading glasses. You can learn more about your suitability here.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our laser eye surgeons, as we have other clinical procedures that may be suitable instead. Even if you are not suitable for laser eye surgery, Optegra has other procedures that may help such as lens replacement surgery.

If you are unsure whether you are suitable for laser eye treatments, please call our Patient Advisors on 0808 168 8281 and they will be able to advise you.

What is the difference between LASIK, LASEK and SMILE?

We offer a range of different laser eye treatments including LASIK, LASEK and SMILE.

LASIK is the most popular and well known type of laser eye surgery performed. A laser creates a flap which is gently lifted so that the cornea can be reshaped. This gives patients a rapid visual recovery.

LASEK is suitable for people with less serious eye focusing problems, thin corneas or dry eyes who may not be able to have LASIK. Instead of creating a flap, the fine surface of the cornea is loosened and folded back; the cornea is then reshaped.

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, and is the least invasive of all the options. No flap is created with SMILE; the cornea is reshaped through a keyhole procedure which means patients can usually benefit from a short recovery period.

When can I go back to work?

Patients can usually return to work within 24 hours after LASIK or SMILE treatment and within a few days after LASEK treatment. However, every individual is different and it is important that you take as much time as you need to recover.

Your laser eye surgeon or a member of our team will be on-hand to provide you with any advice or reassurance if you need it.

Is laser eye surgery right for me?

Every individual is different. You will need to have a consultation with one of our expert laser eye surgeons, who will conduct an in-depth assessment to determine your suitability and select the right laser eye treatment for you.

You can find more information on whether laser eye surgery could be right for you here.

Is laser eye surgery safe?

It is important to remember that all surgical procedures carry some risks. However, the complication rate in laser eye surgery is under 4% and most complications are minor.

These risks can be minimised by undergoing careful consultation to ensure you receive the right laser eye treatment for you, choosing a laser eye surgeon with a high level of experience and making sure that you comply with any instructions given to you before, after and during the laser procedure.

Our experienced laser eye surgeons are amongst the most well respected and renowned practitioners in their field, as well as being Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists or equivalent organisations.

We also use the most advanced equipment which makes the procedure safer and more accurate, with better results and faster recovery and completely blade-free laser treatments.

Your surgeon will be happy to discuss any concerns with you, and any complications will be carefully managed if they arise.

How It Works

Contact Us
You can get in contact with by phone, by email or through one of the forms on the site.
Visit one of our dedicated Hospitals/Clinics
At our Open Evenings, you can view our outstanding facilities and meet our world-class surgeons.
Book your consultation
Our helpful customer service team will walk you through the process and get you booked in.
No more glasses
With the surgery complete, you can embrace freedom from glasses.

More World Class Laser Eye Surgeons

Our world class laser eye consultants are NHS-trained, as well as being Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists or equivalent organisations, so you can rest assured of their experience and expertise.

Am I Suitable for Laser Eye Surgery?

To determine whether laser eye surgery can work for you, you’ll need to have a free consultation with one of our expert laser eye surgeons, who will carry out a detailed assessment of your needs. You may not be able to have laser eye surgery if you need very strong glasses, or have certain medical conditions. For full details, please click on the link above.

Risks of Laser Eye Surgery

The risks of laser eye surgery are very small, and your consultant will discuss them with you in depth as part of the consultation process. For an overview of the potential risks to be aware of, click on the link above.

Explore Optegra Hospitals & Clinics

Our hospitals and clinics are centres of excellence for laser eye surgery, along with a range of other eye treatments. For more information about Optegra hospitals and clinics, including details of our open evenings, please click the link above. 

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