What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is ideal for people affected by short sight, long sight or astigmatism. People who want a long-term fix rather than wearing glasses or contact lenses until the end of their life.

Laser eye surgery is a type of surgery that will rectify the cornea of the eye once for all. It works by reshaping the focus of the cornea through only three treatments. LASEK, LASIK or ReLEx SMILE. We offer those three innovative techniques to suit everyone's eye, because everyone's eye is different.

Am I Suitable for Laser Eye Surgery?

Most people who visit us for a consultation are found suitable for vision correction, however they may be certain cases where a person may be found unsuitable.

To find out if you're suitable for laser eye surgery, visit our suitability page or get a free consultation.

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The laser eye surgery process

  • 1. Drops of anaesthetic are applied to numb the eye.
  • 2. Laser treatment commences to reshape the cornea, using the most advanced equipment available. The whole procedure lasts around 15 minutes.
  • 3. Recovery. Depending on the type of laser procedure, recovery can take between 1 – 5 days, and improved vision is normally experienced within a few days.

How much does laser eye surgery cost?

  • Our prices are fixed, no matter what your prescription is
  • Freedom from glasses with interest free credit for 24 months

LASEK

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

£x,xxx per eye

LASIK

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

£x,xxx per eye

ReLEx SMILE

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

£x,xxx per eye

While the service you receive will be bespoke to your individual needs, we offer one clear set price for our laser eye surgeries. This means you can easily plan your finances ahead of time - there are no hidden costs, no additional fees and no surprises along the way with us.

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5* Trust Pilot Ranking
Named "Top Rated Eye Hospital" by Doctify
All Modern Laser Techniques Including 3rd Generation SMILE?
Dedicated Eye Hospital to provide top patient care & aftercare, or high street based? Hospital High Street High Street
Fixed pricing regardless of prescription?
0% Interest Free Credit for 24 months
A to Z of eye conditions treated

UK's Only Top Rated Laser Eye Surgery Provider Trusted By Doctify

Optegra are named "UK's Top Rated Eye Hospital" by Doctify, and are a five star provider on Trustpilot.

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Is Laser Eye Surgery Safe

Our laser eye surgery treatments are very safe, effective and 99% of our customers achieve 20/20 or better.

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.

Not only are our consultants the best in the industry, but they are also supported by dedicated specialised teams and we only use the most advanced equipment. This makes our procedures safer, more accurate and very effective.

With a 5 star ranking on Trustpilot, we pride ourselves on getting outstanding results for every patient. See for yourself, and take a look at our range of great laser eye surgery reviews.

Does laser eye surgery hurt?

Laser eye surgery is an incredibly popular and straightforward procedure, which can improve your quality of life as well as your eyesight. Despite its proven benefits though, many people still worry that it is a painful procedure and consequently don’t investigate it as an option.

Despite the understandable worries about eye surgery, especially for those who have a fear of even touching their eyes, laser eye surgery is a painless procedure with minimal risks and a low level of discomfort afterwards. Recovery is also extremely quick with the most common types of laser procedures.

How we manage laser eye surgery pain

If you’re concerned about laser eye surgery pain, it may be reassuring to learn that an anaesthetic is used at the start of the procedure in the form of eye drops. These contain a local anaesthetic that numbs the eye, allowing the procedure to take place without any pain. Some slight pressure may be noted during the procedure, but this will soon pass and should not cause any pain in the eye.

Once the anaesthetic wears off, after the treatment is completed, some discomfort may be felt in the eye as it heals, and this will vary depending on the individual and the type of procedure used. By the next day the majority of patients report minimal or no discomfort.

World Class Laser Eye Surgeons

From your first consultation, all the way through to your aftercare you’ll be in the safest possible hands.

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.

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.

How does age affect laser eye surgery?

The eye evolves over the course of its lifetime. Optical errors, which cause vision issues, are very often age related. As you grow from infancy the eye changes, with a period of stabilisation in the early to mid 20s in most cases.

Depending at which point in your life you have had the laser eye correction procedure, you should be aware that your vision will still be subject to the natural ageing process.

Are further procedures required?

As a result of the ageing process, there is a myth that laser eye surgery is not permanent. As mentioned, the changes made to the cornea itself are permanent. However, the natural effects of ageing mean patients are not guaranteed 100% vision forever.

In addition, a small percentage of the patients who undergo treatment could see their eyesight regress, and may benefit from a secondary treatment. This is due to the natural healing process that happens after surgery.

People all recover at different rates and a small percentage of patients (around 2-4%) will either under or over heal. At Optegra, we provide comprehensive aftercare, during which your ophthalmic surgeon will monitor your recovery and let you know if further attention is required. Any additional treatment is usually carried out between three to six months after the initial surgery.

However, in the majority of cases, there is no need for any further treatment once the laser surgery is complete.

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. 
 

Laser eye surgery FAQ's

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

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... Read More

Is laser eye surgery right for me?

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... Read More

Is laser eye surgery safe?

As with other surgical procedures, laser eye surgery does carry some risks. Complications are rare in laser eye surgery, but if complications do occur they are minor.
 
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