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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.

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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.

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Reasons To Choose Laser Eye Surgery

  • Clear vision after 1-3 months
  • No more need of correction glasses
  • Enjoy a relatively permanent solution
  • 10 to 15 minutes treatment
  • Back to work within 48 hours
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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: LASEK, LASIK 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?

"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. In fact, 100% of our patients have achieved 20/20 vision or better using the latest 3rd generation SMILE procedure.”

Amir Hamid, awarded top-rated surgeon by Doctify in 2018

Amir Hamid, awarded top-rated surgeon by Doctify in 2018

How Much Does Laser Eye Surgery Cost?

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

LASIK and LASEK will cost you £1,795* per eye while ReLEx SMILE, the most advanced method, will cost you £2,495 per eye.


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

£x,xxx per eye


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

£x,xxx per eye


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

£x,xxx per eye

Important Information:

* LASIK and LASEK treatment for Central London costs £1,895.

Interest free credit for 24 months. Finance options are available.

Check first if you are suitable for this type of eye surgery.

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

How Optegra Compares to Competitors

Category Optegra Optical Express Optimax
5* Trust Pilot Ranking trustpilot trustpilot trustpilot
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
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Risks of Laser Eye Surgery

All surgical procedures carry a very slight degree of risk, which can be:

  • Vision after surgery is not as expected
  • Dry eyes
  • Flap complications
  • Glare or halo effect
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How to Minimise Risks?

People all recover at different rates and a small percentage of patients (around 2-4%) will either under or over heal. In most cases, there is no need for any further treatment once the laser surgery is complete.

Risk of laser eye surgery complications can be reduced by choosing a high-quality eye surgery provider. We are the UK's most trusted eye care provider, but don’t just take our word for it, see what people say about us.

Our customers really love Optegra

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Does Laser Eye Surgery Hurt?

The laser procedure is generally painless. The drops applied to the eye will make it completely anesthetized and allay the pain for an hour. It does not matter if you move, blink, sneeze or cough during the procedure. Our ophthalmic surgeons' experience will ensure that movements do not affect the result.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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. Use our service directory to find the nearest one to you.

Join Us at an Open Evening at One of Our Dedicated Eye Hospitals

A chance to hear from our dedicated consultants and ask questions, learn more about the innovative procedures we offer, and to tour the specialist eye hospital where you will be looked after.

Laser FAQs

Does laser eye surgery hurt?

Local anaesthetic drops are given to you before the procedure to alleviate any pain or discomfort. Depending on your procedure, any pain experienced after laser eye surgery will be short lived.

Vicky Roberts, Optometrist, has responded to this frequently asked question in our FAQ Hub..

How long does laser eye surgery take?

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.

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 improvements in their vision immediately, but some patient’s recovery can be slower. Clear vision can take between 1 to 3 months for the best visual quality to be achieved.

Vicky Roberts, Optometrist, has responded to this frequently asked question in our FAQ Hub..

Should I keep reading glasses with laser eye surgery?

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.

If patients need prescriptions over +5.00 or -10.00 then they may not be suitable for this surgery but for other types of surgeries.

Vicky Roberts, Optometrist, has responded to this frequently asked question in our FAQ Hub..

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 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.

Vicky Roberts, Optometrist, has responded to this frequently asked question in our FAQ Hub..

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.

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.

Vicky Roberts, Optometrist, has responded to this frequently asked question in our FAQ Hub..

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