LASIK Eye Surgery questions

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LASIK laser eye surgery (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is used to correct myopia (short sightedness), hyperopia (long sightedness) and astigmatism.
IntraLase (also termed femtosecond laser) uses a specialised, precise and computer-controlled laser to create a corneal flap. This is then gently lifted to enable the sophisticated Bausch and Lomb Z100 laser to reshape the cornea.

The eye surgeon places the corneal flap and within minutes the flap naturally heals without the need for stitches. A specially designed soft contact lens is placed on the eye to protect the corneal surface overnight. This is important as it aids healing in the crucial initial stage.

LASIK surgery at AVC costs £2,300 per eye plus from an extra £250 per eye for complex refractive errors and £125 for the initial consultation.

We strongly insist that you do not touch the lenses, even if you are an experienced lens wearer. You will have them removed by a surgeon or specialist laser optometrist the day after LASIK laser eye surgery.

It is unsafe to treat prescriptions over -10D and +4D. This has been clinically proven and if this is your prescription you would be considered for an alternative treatment such as Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) or Clear Lens Exchange (CLE).

Wavefront laser eye treatment corrects the aberrations (imperfections) in your eyes caused by your corneas. This personalised form of treatment available at AVC on Harley Street in London means your resulting vision after surgery is of a superior quality. It eliminates side effects such as night glare and haloes.

This is where the jargon eye clinics use can cause confusion. Clinics often have different names for LASIK laser eye surgery, such as Optimised Wavefront, UltraLASIK or Accu-waveLASIK, but not all of these are true Wavefront treatments. To be absolutely certain of your treatment plan, meeting the surgeon is crucial so that he/she can tell you exactly what surgery is going to be performed on your eyes.

As you would expect, alternatives to true Wavefront LASIK are less expensive. Optimised Wavefront can cause night vision problems like haloes and glare whereas the true Wavefront procedure that we perform at AVC eliminates the problem by correcting the imperfections in the eye.

The traditional method of flap creation used the microkeratome blade which resulted in endless numbers of successful treatments. More recently, the much anticipated introduction of IntraLase allowed for a blade-free method of customised flap creation. The IntraLase technique produces stronger flaps, thereby improving healing. The visual outcome is far superior with IntraLase along with faster healing and an enhanced safety profile.

Yes, absolutely. It is important to remember that every patient is unique and that is exactly how we treat them. So, although IntraLase is the most advanced technique available for flap creation, if you are found to be more suited to the microkeratome then this is best for you. The laser eye surgeons at AVC have extremely strict parameters and will do what is going to give you the optimum result.

There are a number of microkeratomes available and older forms such as the Hansatome have now been replaced with the superior, more sophisticated XP. Therefore, it is crucial to meet your surgeon so he/she can discuss with you the details of the treatment plan that is best for you.

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The surgeon will apply anaesthetic drops to numb the eye so no pain is felt. Some patients report a sensation of pressure for a few seconds whilst the flap is being created.

This is rare in the top specialist laser eye clinics but more common in those with less expertise. Such clinics are able to offer less expensive surgery as they are not using the latest technology and methods available. As we all know, you get what you pay for!

Recovery times after LASIK eye surgery vary as everyone heals at a different rate. Initial recovery from the surgery usually takes 24-48 hours providing you follow the surgeons instructions carefully.

Usually, LASIK is not covered by insurance policies as it tends to be an elective procedure. In certain circumstances though, some companies may pay the bill, such as: where the refractive error is the result of an injury or if you are physically not able to wear glasses or contact lenses. Check with your insurance provider regarding their coverage of LASIK eye surgery..

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