Should I have laser eye surgery?

Should I have laser eye surgery?

One of the most frequent questions that arises about laser eye surgery is over whether someone should actually undertake it or not.

Here at Advanced Vision Care, we encourage everyone who is contemplating laser eye surgery, for whatever reason, to take their time and research the benefits of surgery and the clinic where they want to have the operation.

This has been underlined yet again by someone posing the same question in the Guardian newspaper last weekend and the fact it was raised in their ‘Money’ section is a cause for concern. Anyone thinking about laser eye surgery should look beyond the costs involved and focus instead on the clinic and the surgeon undertaking the operation. It’s important that the surgeon is accredited by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

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Laser eye surgery – it’s not just about the cost

To be fair to most of those responding to the Guardian’s post, many flag up the issue of ‘going too cheap’. When it comes to laser eye surgery, you really do pay for what you get.

The cost of the operation is a potential indicator for the quality of the surgeon involved and you should be looking for someone who uses Wavefront technology, which is quite expensive to implement and avoid those clinics who are advertising experimental or keyhole surgery, which is much cheaper to undertake.

However, laser eye surgery has now been carried out on more than 200,000 people in the UK in the last 20 years and they have been enjoying the improving technology that makes this process of laser eye surgery relatively safe to undertake. You should meet with your surgeon prior to the operation and someone should explain the healing process which is where some of the post-operation issues occur.

Here at Advanced Vision Clinic we are proud to offer a professional and fulfilling service designed to meet the needs of the client and not aimed at getting as many patients through a clinic surgery as possible. For this reason, you should be aware of those clinics where the surgeon only works part-time.

Cheap laser eye surgery and you

Because of the costs incurred for proper screening, surgeon consultation and proper after-care, the cost of the eye operation is obviously more than some clinics will charge. As a guide, a reputable clinic will charge around £3,500-£4,000 for both eyes, and those clinics who are cutting corners by using inferior technology will charge much less.

In the long term, laser eye surgery brings massive benefits to the patient and will last for many years to come but with something so delicate and important you should not be focusing on getting cheap laser eye surgery because this will inevitably bring problems further down the line and, instead, you should focus on patient care and the professionalism of the surgeon carrying out your surgery.

For more information about laser eye surgery and what Advanced Vision Clinics can do for you, get in touch today.

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