London LASIK

London LASIK

LASIK laser eye surgery is the most commonly performed treatment at Vision Correction London. The procedure is suitable for 90% of people with poor eyesight and offers superb results. 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.

Try our vision correction calculator to help you find out if you may be suitable for LASIK. If you have any questions on laser eye surgery please do get in touch.

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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.

Reasons to trust us with your eyes

Reasons to trust us with your eyes

Worldwide
People travel from over 25 countries each year to see Mr Mearza for his expert care at Vision Correction London.

Healthcare Professionals
Treated 100s of healthcare professionals and their families.

15 Years
Ali Mearza has over 15 years experience as a top level eye surgeon and will perform your treatment.

Trust Pilot
We are rated in the Top 3 best eye clinics on Trust pilot 

Best Results
Our results are amongst the best in the world

Aftercare
You will be given your surgeons personal mobile number to call after treatment

LASIK laser eye surgery laser equipment

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.

LASIK laser eye surgery laser equipment

Laser eye surgery FAQ

Who is a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery?

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.

What happens during consultation?

Before LASIK treatment, you will have a consultation at our clinic. This will establish that the procedure is the best one for you, and ensure that we correct your vision accurately. We do not perform the surgery on the same day as we will give you drops to dilate your pupils during your eye test at the consultation. However, you can have your LASIK treatment less than a week later, subject to availability.

What happens if I wear contact lenses?

Please note that you should not wear contact lenses prior to your consultation or surgery. This is so we can take accurate measurements of your eye. We recommend that you abstain from soft lenses for 3 days before your consultation, and this figure increases to 4 weeks for gas permeable rigid lenses. If stopping lens wear before your consultation is not possible, we’ll perform the tests to determine suitability but will then ask that your refrain from wearing them for the required time before your actual surgery. We’ll repeat the tests on the day of surgery and use these test results for the procedure to increase accuracy.

LASIK treatment day and what happens

You will usually have your laser eye surgery anywhere from 5 days to weeks following your consultation, and we will usually treat both your eyes on the same day.

Most people spend between one and one and half hours at the clinic on surgery day, and we recommend that you take two days off work.

When you come to have your eye surgery, remember to bring your consent form. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses to wear on the way home, and please don’t wear eye makeup.

Many people bring a friend or family member with them to help them get home afterwards, as your vision is likely to be blurry. You will be able to see within a few minutes of the procedure being completed, but you will need to have your vision checked before you are able to drive. Even if you take a taxi or use public transport, your friend can make sure you pay the correct fare and get home to the right house!

What happens after your LASIK laser eye surgery?

LASIK recovery is often at the forefront of prospective patients’ minds. At the clinic, you will be given three types of eye drops to use at home: antibiotic drops, lubricating drops and steroid drops. You will also receive clear eye shields to wear at night for the first night after surgery. We will give you full instructions on how to use them, as well as written details for reference. You are also welcome to telephone our admin team if you have any queries.

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