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Laser eye surgery has come a long way since it was first introduced in the UK in 1990. These days, laser eye surgery makes up around 75% of all surgical procedures carried out in the UK. The technology behind laser eye surgery is constantly being developed and improved to make it even better, safer and more affordable.

Given the sheer number of laser eye surgery providers in the country today, the question of which surgeon and clinic to go to can be really daunting but doing your research is really essential to making the right choice. The guide below will hopefully help you determine if  laser eye surgery is right for you and which are the best clinics if you decide to take  the plunge and part with your hard earned cash.

Will Laser Eye Surgery Work For Me?

If you have the eye conditions below and are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses then laser eye surgery is well worth considering:

Presbyopia occurs naturally during the ageing process, presbyopia is a type of farsightedness. It’s caused as the lens hardens and loses some of its elasticity, meaning it cannot focus the light on the retina correctly when looking at close-up objects.

Astigmatism is another common but minor eye condition, astigmatism causes distorted or blurred vision. It arises when the lens or cornea is an irregular shaped (i.e. less like a football and more like a rugby ball). The majority of glasses wearers will have a certain degree of astigmatism.

Hyperopia (also known as long sightedness), is the opposite to myopia whereby people can see objects in the distance clearly but will often find that items in the near distance are blurry and fuzzy.

Myopia (also known as short sightedness), whereby you are able to see nearby objects to a higher level of clarity, but distant objects appear blurred.

Before going under the excimer laser, your optometrist will discuss the best treatments available for your particular prescription. If you suffer from astigmatism, LASIK is a very effective treatment but if you have thin corneas, or have some scarring on your cornea, you will not be eligible for LASIK and LASEK will be a better option. It will also be worth your time to look into the more effective Wavefront variations of both LASIK and LASEK which is a customised treatment that accurately maps the contours of the eye and can help people with severe astigmatism.

Am I Eligible for Laser Eye Surgery?

Even though you’ll go through a selection process when finding your surgeon, you’ll also go through one, too, to make sure you’re an eligible candidate for laser eye surgery. Below we’ve put together some of the main criteria for those who are/aren’t suitable for these procedures:

You are Suitable If:

  • You’re at least 21 years old
  • You’re fit and healthy
  • You aren’t allergic to anaesthesia
  • You’ve had stable vision for around 2 years
  • You’re within the prescription limits set by the clinic (this tends to fall within -10.00D to +4.00D, and up to +/- 6.00D of astigmatism).

You are Not Suitable If:

  • You have dry eyes
  • You have cataracts or glaucoma
  • You have thin corneas
  • You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You’re taking immunosuppressant drugs
  • You suffer from certain medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C, diabetes, the herpes virus and lupus

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Getting Laser Eye Surgery Abroad

  • What additional costs might you face? The surgery might be cheaper but don’t forget to allow for accommodation, flights and travelling to and from your follow-up appointments.
  • Is the surgeon qualified? Unlike the UK which regulates surgeons, some foreign countries will not. So, always check your surgeon has the right qualifications before proceeding. And also check whether there are any healthcare regulations in place in the country you’re heading to.
  • Will you meet the surgeon before your procedure? It’s important to talk to the surgeon before your operation so you can ask important questions and feel at ease with what they’re about to do.
  • Does everyone speak English? To avoid any communication barriers, it’s crucial you make sure there’s an interpreter available if your surgeon doesn’t speak English
  • What are the surgeon’s and clinic’s reviews like? Just like when you’re getting surgery in the UK, it’s important to look at unbiased reviews to see if the clinic and surgeon are credible.
  • What if you have problems post-surgery? Always check you’ll be able to visit a surgeon in the UK if you experience any unwanted side effects after your surgery. Sometimes, you may need to return to the country you had the operation in to receive this aftercare.
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