LASIK & PRK Laser Eye Surgery & Treatment London

Laser vision correction changes the focus of the eye by reshaping  the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye) to improve vision without needing glasses of contact lens. There are a number of different methods but the final visual results are the same but with slightly different healing and visual recovery times, and future retreatment options.

The main two methods using the Excimer laser are flap based (LASIK) and surface based treatments (transPRK or PRK, also referred to as LASEK); and can correct shortsightedness (myopia), longsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.

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LASIK & PRK Laser Eye Surgery; consultation and procedure with Alex Day

Your initial consultation for laser vision correction involves a detailed assessment of your vision and a full eye examination. You will have a detailed sight test to measure your current prescription, a number of different non-contact scans to check the health of your eye and suitability for treatment. These include measurement of eye pressure, corneal topography and corneal tomography including corneal epithelial thickness mapping and high resolution wavefront scanning.

Dilating drops are also used so a full retina checkup can be performed, these drops will blur your vision for a few hours so you cannot drive home after your assessment.

The ophthalmic scans and tests will be performed by Mr Alex Day’s Ophthalmic Technician and Specialist Optometrist, prior to seeing Mr Alex Day who will review all your scans and carry out a full slit lamp biomicroscopy examination. Mr Alex Day will discuss your personal visual requirements and advise you on the best treatment options after considering factors such as your age, occupation, lifestyle and hobbies, and outcome expectations.

Aftercare and possible complications will also be discussed. Laser vision correction carried out by an experienced surgeon using modern equipment has a very low, but not zero risk of complications. The overall risk of a serious complication resulting in 2 or more lines of vision that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lens is estimated to be less than 1 in 1000. Other complications that are treatable or improve with time include dry eyes and blepharitis, and mild glare/ halos with night vision. There is also a degree of treatment unpredictability even with modern equipment and this is higher for those with high or complex prescriptions.

You will have chance to ask any questions you wish in a relaxed and non-rushed atmosphere and you will be given as long as needed after your eye consultant to decide if you wish to proceed.

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Why Choose Alex Day To Perform Your Laser Vision Correction?

Mr Alex Day had laser vision correction himself after many years of consideration and understands what is like to be a patient rather than just a laser eye surgeon.

Personalised Treatment

Every treatment is personalised according to your individual visual requirements. There is no "one size fits all" approach.

Transparent Pricing

All costs will be explained you. There are no last minute additions or time pressured options.

Extensive Experience

Mr Alex Day is fellowship trained, holds the RCOphth CertLRS examination and is an examiner for the RCOphth CertLRS.

Availability 24/7

My mobile number with availability 24/7 for any emergency postoperative queries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Laser Eye Surgery Right for Me?

Laser vision correction is not suitable for everyone and you will undergo a detailed assessment to ensure it is safe for you. Approximately 1-2% of patients have condition such as dry eyes or weakness or possible weakness of the cornea meaning that laser eye surgery cannot be performed, and other treatment options  in these cases will be discussed in these situations.

Is Laser Eye Surgery a Safe Procedure?

When performed by an experienced surgeon using modern equipment, laser vision correction is a very safe and successful procedure.

Is Laser Eye Surgery Painful?

Laser vision correction is not painful as anaesthetic eye drops are put into the eye before treatment. There may be a brief sensation of pressure. Postoperative discomfort is often described as similar to as if you have been chopping onions for the first 24 hours after treatment with LASIK, and up to a week with surface treatment (PRK or transPRK).

What Are The Risks of Laser Eye Surgery?

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The overall risk of a serious complication resulting in 2 or more lines of vision that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lens is estimated to be less than 1 in 1000. Other complications that are treatable or improve with time include dry eyes and blepharitis, and mild glare/ halos with night vision. Rare complications include severe dry eyes, infection, ectasia and longterm light sensitivity.

What Are The Side Effects of Laser Eye Surgery?

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All patients will experience some degree of dry eye, and notice glare/ halos particularly at night for the first 3 months of the healing process. In 1% patients, these may last for more than a year but become less with time. Some people, especially those with naturally large pupils or those having large treatments, may perceive a soft glow around lights or hard objects at night longterm.

Can Both Eyes Be Treated at The Same Time?

Most people have both eyes treated during the same treatment session. All instruments are “single use” with different ones used for each eye to minimise any infection risk.

Will I have 20/20 Vision After Laser Eye Surgery?

The expectation is almost all will achieve 20/20 after their advanced laser vision correction, however it is important to understand this cannot be guaranteed.

How Long Will Vision Correction Last?

Laser vision correction does not stop the normal ageing process within the eye that continues throughout life. Laser vision correction has now been performed for over 25 years, and long-term studies show that laser vision correction to be stable in most people. However the expectation is that there may be the need for further treatment or to wear a weak spectacle or contact lens correction in the long term.

How Much Time Will I Need to Take Off Work?

After LASIK many people return to work the next day. After PRK/ transPRK most people take a week off work to allow their vision to recover. For those with ‘vision critical’ occupations, such as police, military personnel and pilots, there are specific visual requirements before returning to duty after treatment.

Will I Need Reading Glasses?

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Laser vision correction does not stop the normal ageing process within the eye. Everyone with normal distance vision will eventually need reading glasses in middle age due to presbyopia.

How Soon After The Surgery Can I Resume Normal Activities?

Recovery depends on the type of treatment with those undergoing LASIK being able to return to most normal activities after 24 hours. For surface based laser treatments there is slower visual recovery and most are able to return to normal activities within 1-2 weeks.

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Arrange a Laser Eye Surgery Consultation

To arrange a consultation call my team at Moorfields Private Eye Hospital – London, or complete the contact form.

020 7100 5468