Over the past twenty five years laser eye surgery has become more and more popular with 15,000 people every year in the UK opting for this treatment to improve their vision. The advances in technology has ensured that it is one of the safest and most effective forms of corrective eye surgery.
As with every elective medical procedure, the decision to go ahead is a personal choice that only you as the patient can decide.
You will have several consultations and eye exams before the procedure so any questions or fears you have can be answered by your surgeon or your Patient Adviser who will be there to guide you through every step of the process.
Let’s look at some pros and cons.
- The procedure is quick and painless. Normally taking roughly 10 minutes per eye. Before the treatment your surgeon will administer anaesthetic drops to ensure no pain is felt.
- Vision difference is noted within a few hours post surgery.
- No glasses or contact lenses. Everyone who has relied on either glasses or contact lenses understands the fear when you misplace or break them.
- Laser eye surgery can be expensive. Although many clinics now offer payment plans. Do make sure that you do a price comparison beforehand.
- As with all medical procedures there is always a risk involved. The risks with laser eye surgery has been deemed low with just 0.02% of patients developing a post operative infection.
- Trauma to the eye, even years later, can reverse the treatment.
How Do I Know If I’m A Suitable Candidate?
When meeting with a surgeon they will look at three main categories.
- Has your prescription been stable for at least 12 months?
- Overall are your eyes healthy?
- Are you generally in good health?
You will undergo a full assessment of your eyes and various examinations which could include, Tomography, Topography and Pachymetry.
There are some patients who may not be suitable.
- Patients who are pregnant or nursing. This is because pregnancy and nursing can affect the visual acuteness. It is advised to wait until you have finished nursing before embarking on laser eye surgery.
- Patients who are over 40 with near vision loss called Presbyopia.
- Patients with an eye disorder or an uncontrolled autoimmune disease such as Lupus. Autoimmune diseases can increase the risk of postoperative complications.
- Patients under twenty years old. This is due to the fact that your prescription is likely still changing.
If you are deemed a suitable candidate it is completely at your discretion whether you decide to go ahead.
As stated above, no one can make this decision on your behalf and you should never be pushed to make a decision there and then. You will have several consultations and eye exams before the procedure so any questions or fears you have can be answered by your surgeon or your Patient Adviser who will be there to guide you through every step of the process.