Laser eye surgery – Things you need to know

Laser eye treatment is being advertised everywhere from buses to magazines, newspapers and on TV and with many ad campaigns featuring celebrities. You can see why people are wiling to take the risks if their favourite celebrities are doing it too.

You may only be suitable for laser eye surgery if you have had a stable prescription for a year or more, have healthy eyes and you are over the age of 20.

Treatment may be declined if you suffer from the following:

  • Have a squint or a prism not corrected or tolerated by contact lenses
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or glaucoma
  • Have Crohns or collagen disease
  • You are partially sighted or blind in one eye

(Above is just a guide, all laser eye surgery providers are different so check beforehand).

All clinics have different terms for the type of laser they use for eye surgery. It’s better to research them individually to find out which is most suitable for your eyes as everyone is different. Lasik is the most common laser eye surgery as this can correct mild to severe short sight and mild long sight recovery time is only 24 hours.

Implantable Contact Lenses

For those that have severe short sight, long sight and astigmatism (inability to focus on objects due to irregular shape of cornea) laser eye treatment will probably not be suitable for you. In this case implantable contact lenses are; the internal lense is replaced with a small contact lense instead meaning you are able to see without the need to put them in everyday. The recovery time for this method is two weeks and in most cases only one eye is done at a time.

Bilateral treatment

Many people will choose to have both eyes treated at the same time so they don’t have to take off too much time from work but ophthalmologists will say that it’s always safer to check the outcome of the first eye before treating the second.

Cost and payment for Laser Eye Surgery

The cost of laser eye surgery will vary – always research well before making any decisions. Do not be misled by interest free payments and quotes saying ‘laser eye treatment prices start from £395 per eye’. This may be true but in most cases this won’t apply as prices can soar to over £3000 per eye depending on the severity of bad eyesight.

When deciding which company to choose remember to ask about aftercare. As I have done my research, I have found one of the major laser eye surgery specialist have free lifetime aftercare, whereas another only offers aftercare for a year. This example is just one of many things that you need to consider before taking the plunge for a life changing decision.

2 Responses

  1. James November 6, 2008 / 8:49 am

    Is it really safe? And does it hurt?

  2. Peach November 26, 2008 / 2:35 am

    All laser eye clinics work differently some use blades, some don’t. There are now forums you can join where people share their experiences and give advice. If you have decided on the clinic you wish to attend my only advice is to research thoroughly!

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