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Imagine waking up in the morning and rather than instinctively reaching for your glasses or popping to the bathroom to put in your contact lenses, you stretch for the newspaper without a second thought.
Millions of people across the world are experiencing this pleasure – which many take for granted – by speaking to our experts about laser eye surgery; a treatment for short and long-sightedness and astigmatism which can give people a lifetime of freedom from broken glasses and lost contact lenses.
Preparing for any kind of surgery can make some people slightly anxious, but that need not be the case when having laser eye surgery with Optical Express.
As the UK’s No. 1 provider of laser eye surgery, our world-class surgeons and expert staff will walk you through the pre-operative procedure, step-by-step, so that when it comes to your surgery day, you’ll be at ease with the knowledge that you’re in safe hands.
Excimer lasers, used in both LASIK and LASEK procedures, produce energy in the UV spectrum (invisible light) to reshape the surface of the eye. The earliest versions were developed in the 1970′s, when researchers found that IBM’s new Excimer Laser, initially created for etching computer chips, had medical applications as well. Now in its third decade of use, the technologically-advanced Excimer Laser has added a tremendous amount of precision, control and safety to treating short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism.
The excimer laser, used in laser eye surgery, was first developed in 1970, with its medical and industrial uses being explored throughout the 70′s. The term excimer first emerged in 1960, to describe an energised molecule with two identical components. It was believed that the Argon molecule formed an excited dimer, and while this turned out to be untrue, the term persisted.
An optometrist is a primary healthcare professional trained to examine the eyes to detect defects in vision, signs of injury, ocular diseases or abnormalities and problems with general health. Optometrists make diagnoses, offer advice and prescribe, fit and supply glasses and contact lenses. They can also offer advice on visual problems and detect abnormal ocular conditions and refer the patient on if necessary. Optometrists may also be part of a shared care scheme with a medical practitioner. Once you are qualified as an optometrist, you can undergo further training to specialise in a particular area. Optometrists play a vital role in caring for people’s sight and eye health.