Laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery

LASER EYE SURGERY

Last update: 07 August 2019

Laser eye surgery can also be referred to as laser visual correction; it is a surgical procedure which involves the use of lasers to transform the front surface (cornea) of your eyes in order to bring about a better focus. It can be used to correct various eye defects such as short-sightedness and astigmatism.

Laser eye surgery is used to correct poor vision; this gives you freedom from putting on glasses and contact lenses, allowing you to live your life to the fullest. It is a simple procedure that lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the level of correction that is needed, however an improvement in your vision will be seen immediately after a laser eye surgery.

A cool beam advanced laser produces subtle adjustments in the shape of the eye surface (cornea), corrects its small defects and makes your vision clearer and sharper. The vast majority of patients are amazed at how quickly they recover and how fast they can live without glasses and contact lenses.

What does laser eye surgery involve?

Laser eye surgery is of three types and they are LASIK, SMILE and surface laser treatments.

LASIK – This involves the use of two lasers, one for opening a thin flap on the surface of the cornea, and the other for the transformation of the cornea below. The protective flap is then smoothed back over and remains in place without stitches.

SMILE – This involves changing the shape of the cornea via a small, self-sealing hole.

Surface Laser Treatments (PRK, LASEK, and TransPRK) – This type of laser surgery involves removal of the clear skin covering the cornea this makes it easy for the surgeon to reshape your cornea with a laser. The skin then grows back naturally.

Three types of laser eye surgery mentioned above have similar results. Your options will be discussed with you by your surgeon and decisions will be taken on the best one for you.

Who is a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is ideal for individuals who are older than 18 years. Ideally, your eye prescription will have stayed more or less the same for approximately two years. Lens surgery can be more convenient if you have high glasses prescription or later in life.

Procedure

By using the most technologically advanced lasers, to subtly reshape your cornea, transforming your vision and giving you the joy of a clearer and sharper vision.

The steps involved in laser eye surgery are explained below:

Step 1

The procedure begins with anesthetic eye drops, which quickly numb the eyes.

Step 2

The effect of the laser is felt in a matter of seconds and sends pulses of laser beams onto your cornea in order to correct any form of imperfections.

Step 3

A large number of patients record an improved vision within a few days, although a full recovery can last up to a week. There are so many factors that determine this; the speed at which you heal naturally plays a crucial role in this.

Duration/recovery

The type of laser used determines the recovery period. The recovery time after the laser eye surgery varies from one patient to another, depending on factors such as the age of the patient, vision problem, laser intensity, and so on.

The most common form of laser eye surgery is LASIK, and a lot of people that use this see results in just 24 hours. It’s a quick procedure and the results are quick. Laser eye surgery does not involve any stitches and life tends to proceed back to normal as soon as possible.

The good news is that most people who have undergone LASIK surgery will be able to see a clear improvement in their vision in the first two days. Depending on the type of refractive surgery and the expertise of the eye surgeon, it is important for patients to wait for a period of 2 to 7 days if they want to acquire a good vision.

However, LASIK surgery is not meant for everyone and therefore LASEK surgery can be the treatment that’s right for you. The only drawback is that the recovery process with LASEK is slow. Your eyes may be unpleasant after several days of treatment. You will also be advised to put on bandage contact lenses for up to a week. However, it is less likely to have dry eyes when you go this way.

Cost of laser eye surgery

If you are considering the possibility of laser eye surgery, the price is one of your main concerns. Some patients find that a wide range of prices is very confusing, and some clinics claim to charge only £ 595 for treatment (per eye), and other clinics charge more than £ 5,000.

LASEK, which is known as an effective form of treatment for a lot of patients can cost 595 pounds per eye, while LASIK can cost £ 1,195 per eye. However, prices vary from place to place, depending on the country in which you decided to get the surgery done.

The costs of LASIK treatment in Croatia starts from 650 €, in Serbia from 495 € and in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 750 €.

Laser eye surgery medical tourism

The idea behind seeking treatment overseas is relatively new, this could be because of the low cost of the treatment and the prevalence of cheap airline tickets.

Laser eye surgery belongs to the category of voluntary procedures that make up a large percentage of medical tourism treatment. It is used to correct the vision of people with visual impairments such as astigmatism, long and short-sightedness.

A lot of people considering laser eye surgery are moved by the lower prices abroad.