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      What is laser eye surgery?

      Laser eye surgery is a type of treatment that corrects poor vision to give you a life without glasses or contact lenses. It’s a rapid procedure which can be done in just a few minutes, and without any discomfort. It can correct both refractive and non-refractive eye conditions such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.

      A state-of-the-art laser is used to reshape the surface of the eye (called the cornea) and rectify imperfections to give you a vision. Thanks to the latest advancement in technology, laser eye surgery is now completely safe and the most popular elective surgery in the world.


      Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

      Laser eye surgery is ideal if you are affected by short sight, long sight or astigmatism. Short-sightedness can range from mild, where treatment may not be required, to severe, where objects will appear blurry.

      In the long term, long-sightedness, can significantly cause headaches and tiredness due to “over-focus” and lead to double vision. Depending on the seriousness of the problem contact lenses or glasses can be worn but some people may find it less of a hassle to have laser eye surgery.

      How does laser eye surgery work?

      Our team of experienced laser eye surgeons use state-of-the-art laser technology to subtly correct your vision and offer you a life without glasses.

      Step 1: Get a free consultation

      Book a free consultation or give us a call and we’ll help you asses your vision and recommend the best treatment.

      Step 2: The procedure

      During the procedure, we’ll apply some anaesthetic eye drops to numb the surface of your eye. The laser will then send pulses of beam onto your cornea to reshape the imperfections.

      Step 3: Life without glasses

      After the procedure, our team will follow up with you to ensure you recover safely, usually in a few days or up to a week.

      Is laser eye surgery safe?

      While all surgical procedures carry a very slight degree of risk, laser eye surgery is an extremely safe, common and effective procedure ­– over 40 million patients worldwide have had laser eye surgery!

      • See clearly without the need for glasses or contacts
      • Significant cost savings on glasses & lenses
      • 10 – 15-minute treatment, with no pain or discomfort
      • Back to work within 48 hours

      “Over 99% Of Our Patients Achieve 20/20 With Our Laser Eye Surgery”

      Amir Hamid Laser Eye Surgery
      Amir Hamid

      Awarded top-rated surgeon by Doctify in 2018

      Optegra laser eye surgery is very safe and effective. Over 99% of our customers achieved 20/20 vision or better on the next day after the treatment although it may take slightly longer for some patients.
      sundeep kheterpal

      World class laser eye surgeons

      Our immaculate five star, dedicated hospitals provide the best possible setting for the very best care and outcomes for laser procedures. Our world class laser eye consultants are NHS-trained, as well as being Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists or equivalent organisations. Our Ophthalmic Surgeons are the best in the industry so you can rest assured of their experience and expertise.

      With hospitals and clinics throughout the country, an Optegra Eye Hospital is never far away.

      Is laser eye surgery permanent?

      In most cases the improved vision is permanent, but patients’ eyes change over the years. After 10 years, only ten percent of patients will need an enhancement procedure. This is usually due to changes that occur in the lens inside the eye over the time.

      How much does laser eye surgery cost?

      While the treatment suitable for you will be determined according to your personal needs during our free initial consultation, we offer one clear set price for our laser eye surgery. So you know exactly what to expect, here is our indicative price range:


      For people with less serious eye focusing problems, thin corneas or dry eyes.

      Cost £1,795 per eye


      Our most popular and well-known type of laser eye surgery

      Cost £1,995 price from (per eye)

      ReLEx SMILE

      The most advanced method of laser eye surgery using the latest keyhole technology.

      Cost £2,495 per eye

      Important Information:

      Presbyond & Complex Laser are charged at £2,795 per eye. Interest free credit & finance options available.

      After care and recovery

      Aftercare in an extremely important part of our laser eye surgery treatment. Our well-rounded aftercare programme is designed to ensure that every patient gets back on their feet in no time at all. It starts right after the day of your eye treatment and is tailored to your individual needs. We will regularly check on your recovery to ensure that you get back on your feet in no time.

      All Optegra patients have access to the professional advice of our team of fully NHS trained surgeons and staff to answer any of your questions on eye health or procedure

      About Our Immaculate Eye Hospitals

      Optegra eye hospitals are dedicated only to eye surgery, eye treatments and eye care. Our services include laser eye surgery, lens replacement and cataract surgery and treatment for other medical eye conditions including glaucoma.

      Our hospitals and clinics provide a modern, calm and comfortable environment in which our patients can feel relaxed and well cared for through a patient-led, personalised treatment plan.

      As centres of eye excellence, we offer facilities with the most advanced surgical and technical equipment. Each location is staffed by a professional clinical team with leading NHS-trained consultant ophthalmic surgeons who are all Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) at each hospital ensures compliance with the best clinical practice.

      As well as purpose-built Optegra hospitals in Birmingham, Hampshire, London, North London, Manchester, Surrey and Yorkshire, we have conveniently located outreach eye clinics in Leeds.

      What Is the best age for laser eye surgery?

      Most expert eye surgeons agree the ideal ages for laser eye surgery are people between 21-40 years old. By the age of 21 the eye stops changing and is safe to operate on.

      By the age of 40, the person can experience different types of vision impairments that will need to be assessed before being corrected. For instance, laser eye surgery can correct your short-sightedness but not your presbyopia. Then, patients could find themselves continuing to wear reading glasses after the surgery.

      At Optegra, our wealth of cutting edge treatment options mean no matter your condition, we are almost certain to have a treatment solution for your unique circumstances.

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      Optegra gave me the extra 5% I needed – and that made all the difference
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      Laser eye surgery FAQs

      Most people feel zero pain, and some techniques like LASIK & SMILE are especially painless. During laser eye surgery, the patient will be given eye drops containing local anaesthetic. This makes the treatment painless. After the treatment, patients who have had LASIK laser eye surgery may experience a gritty feeling for the first day while the corneal flap recovers. Under these circumstances, patients may experience this discomfort for a few days, however painkillers are provided to minimise any irritation.

      SMILE is a flapless minimally invasive and gentle refractive procedure for correcting higher degrees of myopia with or without astigmatism.

      The one femtosecond laser creates a miniscule incision at the side of the cornea and at the same time a circular disc of tissue inside the cornea which is then removed through the tiny incision. The newly reshaped cornea gives you the desired visual results.

      Laser eye surgery takes 15 minutes to perform, but the actual laser takes a very small part of this time. However, we would advise that you allocate 2-3 hours during the day for a correct preparation and initial after care steps to take place. At Optegra, we have invested in state-of-the-art advanced laser eye technology to ensure the best possible results for our patients, meaning our patient’s experience is quicker and more comfortable.

      Most patients will see the results of laser eye surgery 1-2 days after their surgery. Since everyone is different, some patients enjoy a rapid visual recovery after laser eye surgery and can notice improvements in their vision immediately.

      After a patient has had laser eye surgery, they can usually return to work within 24 hours after LASIK or SMILE laser eye treatment, and within a few days after LASEK laser eye treatment. However, every individual is different and it is important that all patients take as much time as they need to recover. Our laser eye surgeons, or a member of our team, will be on-hand to provide any advice or reassurance during the recovery period. In general, most patients are able to go back to work and drive after 48 hours.

      Effectively, by reshaping the cornea, laser eye surgery will permanently correct a patient’s vision. LASIK, LASEK and SMILE Laser eye surgery treatments are considered a permanent cure for most refractive errors, however some patients may find they need reading glasses at a point in their lives as the eye naturally ages. This condition is also known as presbyopia.

      Because there is only one laser being used, the procedure is faster than other refractive procedures. The whole treatment takes less than 15 minutes with the actual laser utilized for only a fraction of that time.

      The three main types of laser eye surgery are LASIK, LASEK and ReLEx SMILE.

      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. This treatment has a rapid visual recovery time for some patients.

      LASEK is best suited for patients with less serious eye focusing problems, specifically patients with thin corneas or dry eyes who may not qualify to have LASIK. Instead of creating a flap, the fine surface of the cornea is loosened and folded back, then the cornea is reshaped.

      ReLEx SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, and is the least invasive treatment compared to LASIK and LASEK. There is no need to create a flap; instead the cornea is reshaped through a keyhole procedure which means some patients usually benefit from a short recovery period.

      Yes. Our specialist Monovision technique can help correct reading vision difficulties caused by presbyopia. However, LASIK, LASEK or SMILE surgeries may not always be suitable for people who need strong prescriptions to read. In this case an alternative treatment may be suggested.

      If you are unsure whether you are suitable for laser eye treatments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our laser eye surgeons, and see how we can help you.

      Each laser eye surgery treatment is suited to different individuals with different eye health needs. LASIK is best suited to patients with hyperopia or myopia, whereas LASEK is suitable for individuals with thin or flat corneas.

      ReLEX SMILE is suitable for individuals with or without astigmatisms. At Optegra, we understand that everyone is different. During your free consultation with one of our expert laser eye surgeons, you will undergo an in-depth assessment to determine which laser eye treatment is best suited to you.

      Complications are extremely rare in laser eye surgery, but if complications do occur, they are minor.

      The risks involved in undergoing this surgery can be minimised during your consultation. This ensures you receive the right treatment for you and your eye health needs.

      Laser eye surgery is one of the most common elective medical procedures in the world, and fewer than 4% of treatments experience any kind of complications. When complications do occur, they are usually minor, and if you choose a laser eye surgery provider with good quality aftercare, any issues which do occur can be quickly remedied.

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