LASIK

Laser eye surgery

What is LASIK Laser eye surgery?

LASIK is the most commonly performed treatment at Vision Correction London. The procedure is suitable for 90% of people with poor eyesight, and has a complication rate of less than 1%. With the advance of modern laser technology, the procedure is now one of the safest available and the most commonly performed elective surgical procedure worldwide.

LASIK laser eye surgery consultation

How Does LASIK Work?

Your eyes see by allowing light to enter through the cornea (the front part of the eye) and focus on the retina. The information is then communicated to the brain via the optic nerve.

Most people with poor eyesight have eyeballs that are either too long or too short in relation to the size of the cornea. Eyeballs which are relatively long mean that images focus in front of the retina, making you short sighted. Eyeballs that are relatively short mean that images focus behind the retina, making you long sighted.

Laser eye surgery reshapes your corneas with precision accuracy so that light will focus directly on your retinas. The result is that you will be able to see clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Some History

Some History

Laser eye surgery was first approved in 1995, but the procedure has developed considerably since then. The 1995 procedure was called Photorefractive keratectomy or PRK. During PRK, the outer surface of the cornea is removed and the laser works directly on the corneal tissue to change its shape and improve vision. PRK has a longer recovery time and higher risk of infection than other laser eye procedures. Despite this, PRK is still available and in some cases is the most suitable option. LASEK is a variation on PRK.

LASIK has been available since 1999, overcoming the issues associated with earlier forms of laser eye surgery. Using lasers for both the incision under the cornea and the change to its curvature means that it’s easy to control, has predictable results, it’s relatively painless and comes with a very short recovery time.

Who is suitable for LASIK?

LASIK is an appropriate treatment for the majority of people and can be used to correct both long and short sight. In some cases, it is even suitable for people who need glasses for both near and distance vision. You must also have corneas of at least 0.5mm thickness and be in good general health.

A consultation with one of our clinicians will establish whether you are a suitable candidate.

What happens during the LASIK procedure?

The surgery is performed under local anaesthetic eye drops and typically takes around 10 minutes. The equipment used is a Wavelight Allegretto Laser and the Ziemer LDV Femtosecond laser- two of the most advanced lasers on the market.

The surgeon uses a laser to cut a small, circular flap in the outer cornea. This flap is folded away to reveal the bed of the cornea. Then a computer-guided laser removes a pre-set amount of corneal tissue and corrects the shape of your cornea, enabling it to focus light directly on the retina.
The final part of the procedure is replacing the flap, which the eye’s natural processes hold in place.

The procedure, Staff and Consultant exceeded my expectations. To say I was nervous, was an understatement. I had been waiting for many years to attempt the procedure. Mr Mearza was very reassuring, and together with his team, were patient throughout my many questions and the procedure itself. I’m glad I researched and chose a quality surgeon and company. My only regret is not having the procedure sooner. It is very freeing being able to see without relying on glasses and contacts.

Vanessa

LASIK

The procedure, Staff and Consultant exceeded my expectations. To say I was nervous, was an understatement. I had been waiting for many years to attempt the procedure. Mr Mearza was very reassuring, and together with his team, were patient throughout my many questions and the procedure itself. I’m glad I researched and chose a quality surgeon and company. My only regret is not having the procedure sooner. It is very freeing being able to see without relying on glasses and contacts.

Vanessa

LASIK