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The Facts about Laser Eye Surgery

There are many misconceptions about laser eye surgery from problems with age, which kind of sight problems it can treat, and risk. Let us look at a few of these beliefs and set the record straight once and for all.

Fact: Laser Eye Surgery is the Safest Surgical Procedure in the World

Without question, eye surgery is the safest in the world. Technology has minimised the risk to virtually zero and helped surgeons gain a better understanding of the eye. We put in place stringent safety checks to ensure you are suitable for treatment before we undertake any procedure. Our eye surgeons are pioneers in the field of eye surgery and are in demand all over the world. Taking all of this into account, the chances of a small impairment to vision following surgery is just 1 in a 1000.

Fact: Laser Eye Surgery can Treat Long and Short Sighted people.

There is a myth that only short sighted people can be treated through surgery. Rest assured, both long and short sighted people are suitable for treatment. This includes people suffering with presbyopia and astigmatic conditions.

Fact: Laser Eye Treatment Works in the Long Term
Once the shape of your cornea is changed through eye surgery the effect is permanent. This means that treatment you have today will still be helping you see better for years to come. Our eyes change naturally overtime like the rest of our bodies. Long term studies on the affect of eye surgery however, show that once you are aged 50+ you will only see a slight change in your prescription every ten years.

Fact: Age is not a Barrier to Eye Surgery
A common myth is that there is an age limit on those who can have eye surgery. The fact is that it is the health of your eye which is the determining factor. We put your eyes through stringent tests to determine suitability. Providing your eye is health for surgery we can correct your vision regardless of your age.

Fact: There is virtually no Chance of Blindness Resulting from Surgery
Though there are risks from all surgical procedures, the chances of going blind from eye surgery is virtually zero. At Advanced Vision Care we use the best technology and use the best surgeons in the world. This combination means that the chances of blindness and indeed a problem of any kind is virtually nil.

Fact: Your Vision will be Better after Surgery

With or without glasses your vision will be better after surgery. It is virtually impossible for it to be worse. The chances of your vision being worse either wearing or not wearing glasses is as small as 1 in a 1000. With this in mind it is fair to say that your vision will be better after surgery.

Fact: Laser Eye Surgery can help People Aged over 40 Who Use Reading Glasses
One of the main eye conditions which result in people requiring reading glasses is presbyopia. Technology and our understanding of the eye has resulted in this condition being treatable regardless of age. So if you have started using reading glasses, we can help you improve your eyesight so you will no longer need to use reading glasses. This is regardless of whether or not astigmatism is involved.

More Facts about Laser Eye Surgery

• Laser Eye surgery is the most commonly performed elective surgical procedure in the world and the most successful.
• It has fast recovery times, normally around 24 hours, and has minimal discomfort and pain.
• Since its introduction in 1987 around 35 million operations have been performed.

Further Reading

If you have further questions on eye surgery feel free to call us on 0800 652 4878. Alternatively, you can read our laser eye surgery FAQs. Learn about our world class, pioneering surgeons here, and more about our treatments here.

If you are long or short sighted and want to ditch your glasses or contact lenses forever, contact us today for a free consultation.

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