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    What Is Laser Surgery?

    Laser surgery is a type of procedure during which a state of the art laser is used to painlessly remove a tiny amount of eye tissue. Since human tissue is soft, the laser is used for a matter of minutes and the tissue is extracted without any bleeding. Thanks to the advancement in technology, laser surgery is now completely safe and the most popular elective surgery in the world. Laser surgery is frequently used to treat refractive and non-refractive eye conditions.

    In What Situation Would I Require Laser Eye Treatment?

    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.

    Reasons To Choose Laser Eye Surgery

    • 1 Clear vision after 1-3 months
    • 2 No more need of correction glasses
    • 3 Enjoy a relatively permanent solution
    • 4 10 to 15 minutes treatment
    • 5 Back to work within 48 hours

    What Is Laser Eye Surgery?

    Laser eye surgery is a safe and effective surgery that will reshape the cornea of the eye. It works by correcting the focus of the cornea, through three alternative treatments: LASEKLASIK or ReLEx SMILE. We are the only UK group to offer all 3 options, based on what is ideal for your unique vision correction needs.

    What Is the Success Rate of This Surgery?

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    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.

    What are the chances of complications with laser eye surgery?

    The chances of experiencing complications after your laser eye surgery are rare, however there are precautions you can take to ensure the risk of complications is kept to a minimum.

    Depending on which laser eye surgery treatment you undergo, there are specific risks that you should be aware of. For instance, there is a risk of flap complications and dry eyes with LASIK laser eye treatment. Whereas there are no risks of flap complications during LASEK laser eye treatment, since there is no need for a flap to be created. ReLEx SMILE is the most advanced laser eye treatment available in the world. LASIK is also bladeless but SMILE uses less time on the laser and can treat deeper prescriptions.

    At Optegra, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible treatments, which includes taking certain steps to reduce the chances of complications. For instance, all our laser eye surgeons are world-class, in fact they have the best expertise in their fields. All our eye hospitals and clinics are equipped with the latest laser eye technology, facilities, recovery suites and equipment to ensure smooth and accurate results from your laser eye treatment.

    We pride ourselves on being the UK’s most trusted eye care provider, which is why we dedicate highly valued time to your consultation and high quality aftercare. At Optegra, we thoroughly understand how each of our patients has individuals needs for their eye health. Our ophthalmic surgeons will pull together a personalised treatment plan for your surgery, as well as a comprehensive aftercare plan that is easy for you to follow. This aftercare plan will include multiple follow-up appointments to check up on your recovery.

    Possible side effects of laser eye surgery

    As with any surgical procedure there’s a risk of developing certain side effects. As every patient is different, you may experience some of the side effects, or you may experience none at all. However, it is important to understand what the possible side effects are following your surgery.

    There are four main potential side effects of laser eye surgery:

    1. Temporary discomfort is expected during the first few days after your treatment, especially if you had LASEK laser eye treatment. If you feel you may be suffering with this side effect, try wearing sunglasses when outdoors to reduce the exposure to your eyes.
    1. Dry eyes is also another side effect that some patients experience after laser eye surgery. However, if you are experiencing this discomfort you will be given eye drops during your first follow-up appointment. Once your eyes have begun to heal, this side effect should not return.
    1. Some patients have experiences of halo effect around bright lights once they have had a laser eye treatment. This will reduce after one month and this side effect should not be an issue after three months. If you are still experiencing a halo effect after the first 3 months, make sure you get in touch with your laser eye surgeon.
    1. Lastly, it is not uncommon for patients to experience hazy vision during the recovery stages.

    If you experience any of these side effects, do not hesitate to contact your ophthalmic surgeon, or raise this issue during your next follow-up appointment.

    SMILE laser eye surgery

    ReLEx® SMILE is a minimally invasive, bladeless form of keyhole laser eye surgery, offering a great alternative to LASEK and LASIK treatment.

    What is SMILE eye surgery?

    SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a minimally invasive procedure, which can correct higher degrees of myopia (short sightedness). SMILE is suitable for individuals with or without astigmatism.

    How does SMILE eye surgery work?

    During SMILE eye surgery, a state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss VisuMax laser places a series of pulses in the centre of the cornea, with extraordinary 3D accuracy. These pulses form bubbles that are less than 1/100th the width of a human hair, and which outline the tissue that needs to be removed to change the shape of the cornea. The laser then creates a tiny connecting tunnel through which the surgeon draws out this tissue.

    With SMILE, no flap is created, so the eye is more comfortable post-operatively than other laser eye surgery techniques. The procedure takes a matter of minutes, and the vision is 80% better within a few hours. After a few days, the vision is excellent, and it reaches 100% within a few weeks (according to trials conducted on over 1,000 patients between the UK, Germany, France and Denmark).

    Patients can expect a quick recovery time with SMILE laser eye surgery; however, it is completely normal if your vision is blurry for a little longer after you have had the procedure. Optegra offer a comprehensive aftercare plan, which involves a follow-up appointment the next day, and then follow-up checks at intervals lasting for up to 12 months after this.

    Benefits of SMILE laser eye surgery

    • Fast treatment – SMILE takes less than 15 minutes, with the laser only used for a fraction of this time
    • Quick recovery time
    • Better for the stability of the cornea
    • Less risk of developing dry eyes
    • No discomfort thanks to the use of numbing drops
    • More patients are eligible for SMILE
    • No flap complications


    SMILE laser eye surgery with Optegra

    At Optegra, we will carry out an in-depth assessment to make sure you are right for SMILE eye surgery. If not, we will recommend a different laser eye treatment or other types of corrective eye surgery such as lens replacement surgery. You will be assigned a qualified and experienced ophthalmic surgeon, who will be with you every step of the way, from carrying out the assessment to conducting the surgery and any aftercare you may require. We pride ourselves on offering an extremely high level of personalised care, which really sets us apart from other clinics.

    Are you suitable for SMILE eye surgery?

    One of the great things about SMILE laser eye surgery is that more people are suitable for this than for LASEK and LASIK treatment. With regards to the latter two options, patients with dry eyes generally aren’t accepted, so if you have mild to moderate dry eyes, SMILE treatment may be ideal. You could also benefit from SMILE eye surgery if you have an intolerance to contact lenses and/or a thinner than average cornea.

    During your consultation, one of our expert ophthalmic surgeons will assess your suitability for laser eye surgery and advise you on which laser eye treatment is best for you. To book a free, no obligation consultation with us, please call us on 0808 168 8738.


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