Nowadays, there are various ways to help improve your eyesight.
There are the traditional methods such as spectacles or contact lenses, but many people, especially those with active lifestyles, find these to be something of a constraint, which is why more and more people are opting for laser eye surgery.
We asked the experts at Optical Express to answer the Top 10 frequently asked questions about laser eye surgery and to seperate the facts from the fiction.
What procedures do you offer?
There are two techniques, LASIK and LASEK. With each technique there are two levels of procedure; standard and Wavefront, and patients are advised at their free consultation on what treatment type best suits their personal prescription and expectations. We can treat people who are either long-sighted or short-sighted, even with astigmatism.
What sort of tests do you conduct to check that a person is eligible for laser eye surgery?
At Optical Express we carry out a free, detailed examination to assess and confirm suitability which is dependent on a number of factors.
How much does laser eye surgery cost?
The cost of laser surgery starts from £595 per eye and is dependent on the outcome of the consultation with the Optometrist and the type of procedure.
Who does the procedure?
All Surgeons at Optical Express are registered with the General Medical Council and are recognised as leaders in advanced clinical developments and techniques within the refractive surgery industry; among them they have carried out over 500,000 procedures.
How do you correct poor vision?
The laser permanently reshapes the cornea to remove the prescription that exists prior to surgery to create a level of vision post procedure. At Optical Express we use the technologically advanced VISX S4IR laser, which has been proven to deliver safe, accurate and precise results, and is why sportsmen and celebrities like Tiger Woods and Cindy Crawford choose to be treated with this laser. In fact, the laser we use is the one used by the US Navy to treat their fighter pilots. They have invested millions of pounds in research, on all of the laser platforms available, and decided on the VISX because of its outcomes which were better than any other.
What results can I expect?
Based on FDA results carried out on the VISX S4IR platform, 98% of patients in the study reached or exceeded 20/20 following the procedure, with 70% exceeding this. These are very high levels of vision that some patients don’t even achieve with their spectacles. Furthermore 80% of patients had the same or better post-operative vision compared to what they had with their spectacles before surgery.
Is the procedure safe?
With any surgical procedure there is a degree of risk, however laser eye surgery has a very low complication rate of less than 1%. The vast majority of these complications are minor.
Can you describe a typical patient and their reasons for opting to have laser eye surgery?
Males and females of all ages and walks of life have attended our clinics seeking laser surgery. Reasons range from simple things like waking up and being able to tell the time without reaching for specs, or seeing which bottle to pick up in the shower, to giving people more confidence and opening up career opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them.
What sort of aftercare do you provide?
Patients are seen the day after treatment and then an additional 3 or 4 times, depending on the procedure that is undertaken. At Optical Express we offer comprehensive post-operative care with experienced, specialist, laser trained optometrists.
What advice would you give someone thinking about having laser eye surgery?
At Optical Express we offer laser consultations completely free of charge. If you are considering laser eye surgery, the first step would be to contact our Customer Care Centre on 0800 023 20 20 to book an appointment or refer to our website for further information www.opticalexpress.com