What's involved in a laser eye operation?
Many people choose to have laser eye operations to reduce their dependency on glasses or contact lenses. There are several different types of laser eye procedure, including LASIK and Wavefront surgery, but broadly speaking, treatment involves using an accurately positioned laser to reshape the cornea.
In most cases, a local anaesthetic is placed into the eye being treated, and then a knife is used to cut a flap in the cornea. Normally a small hinge is left at one end, enabling the flap to be folded back to expose the middle of the cornea. The laser can then be carefully targeted on the cornea to reshape the surface, before the flap is replaced over the cornea and left to heal itself naturally. Patients are usually required to wear an eye patch for a short time after surgery.
Where can I get a laser eye operation?
Whilst you can have laser eye surgery carried out at some NHS hospitals, treatment is normally considered non-essential and has to be paid for privately. Costs vary widely and depend mainly on the extent of corrective treatment required for each individual patient. There are now several established high street laser eye clinics with branches in most UK towns and cities - Ultralase and Optimax are amongst the most well-known, and offer benefits such as payment plans to help finance the cost of surgery.
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What different types of laser eye procedure are there?
The most popular and effective type of laser eye surgery is LASIK, which stands for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. LASIK treatment is commonly carried out to correct short sight, long sight and astigmatism, which account for the majority of refractive defects in adults. Wavefront LASIK is a more advanced treatment option and generally gives even better results by tailoring the laser correction to a patients precise visual profile. Wavefront is generally more expensive than the standard LASIK treatment. Other types of laser eye operation include LASEK and PRK, which are generally suitable for people with thinner corneal tissue, and have a slightly longer recovery time.