What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a procedure to correct your prescription by reshaping your cornea. The need for glasses occurs when there are imperfections on your cornea, preventing the eye from focusing effectively. Laser eye surgery aims to smooth out these irregularities, leaving you with perfect vision.

Laser Eye Surgery

Depending on the treatment deemed suitable, a thin layer is gently lifted away from the surface of the eye so the laser can access the layer below and correct the prescription with pinpoint accuracy.

The layer is carefully set back in place, and sometimes protected with a clear bandage contact lens for 3-5 days while the eye naturally heals. All this is carried out using bladeless laser technology to eliminate potential complications and improve the results for every patient we treat.

Lifetime Aftercare Guarantee

Our Lifetime Aftercare consists of any necessary and available care or treatment at Optimax, as recommended by an Optimax surgeon/optometrist, following your initial procedure.

We want to ensure that you are satisfied with the results of your procedure and with your overall Optimax experience.

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Treatment Cost

Transparent prices, no hidden costs.

We don't vary our prices according to prescription. Our laser treatments costs for short sight, long sight and astigmatism are fixed.

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Are You Suitable?

Check your Laser Eye Surgery suitability.

Answer a few simple questions about your prescription and lifestyle to find out if you are suitable for Laser Eye Surgery.

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Your Results Forecast

We don't have a crystal ball, however...

By comparing previous patient data to your current prescription, we can give you an extremely accurate results forecast.

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Laser Eye Surgeons

Meet Optimax’s Laser Eye Surgery team.

Our surgeons are qualified medical practitioners with a special interest, and decades of experience, in refractive surgery.

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Patient Journey

We’re with you every step of the way.

Discover the patient journey, following the steps from the first consultation through to treatment day.

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Laser Eye Surgery FAQs

Have you got an important question?

Chances are it’s been asked before, so check our FAQs for answers to the essential things you need to know.

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Does Laser Eye Surgery hurt?

We insert anaesthetic eye drops into your eye before treatment, meaning that you won’t feel the laser during the procedure. Some patients report feeling a slight pressure in their eye during the process, but many patients say they feel nothing at all. We provide you with eye drops after treatment to keep your eyes hydrated, reduce discomfort, and help with the healing process.

How much does Laser Eye Surgery cost?

We charge £1,795 per eye for laser eye surgery (£3,590 for both eyes), regardless of your prescription. Our prices are fixed with no hidden costs or extra payments with interest free credit for up to 24 months.

Is there an aftercare guarantee for Laser Eye Surgery?

We offer a Lifetime Aftercare Guarantee which provides you with one free laser retreatment for distance vision correction, should it be deemed clinically necessary by our optometrists.

Surgery Explained

We offer two types of surgery, LASIK and LASEK. The same lasers are used for each procedure and both produce outstanding results. Our optometrists and surgeons will recommend the best treatment option for you. They will consider your lifestyle and prescription to recommend your most suited procedure.


LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery is minimally invasive and requires two lasers to complete the procedure. The first laser (the IntraLase laser) creates a flap in the cornea (the front surface of the eye) which is then lifted before the second laser is applied to the middle corneal layer. The application of the second laser is what corrects your prescription. The surgeon then gently replaces the corneal layer which was previously lifted and the procedure is complete.

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LASEK treatment involves just one laser and is the recommended treatment for people with thinner corneas. The epithelium, the transparent layer on the eye’s surface, is softened using a dilute alcohol solution, and is then gently pushed to the side. This exposes the middle corneal layer which can then be lasered to correct your prescription. The bladeless technology allows for a quicker healing process than earlier forms of the procedure.

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Wavefront offers customised analysis and treatment. A unique map is obtained of each eye and together with other tests we tailor the treatment accordingly. Wavefront analysis is performed as part of your consultation and is included in your treatment cost. At Optimax Wavefront and IntraLase treatment are combined which creates the Gold Standard for surgery.

Laser Eye Surgery for Short Sight (Myopia)

Short sight develops through the teens, affecting 25% of the population. If you are short-sighted, the focusing power of your eye is too strong. Objects at a distance appear blurred and close-up vision is clear. LASIK and LASEK reduce the focusing power of the eye by flattening the cornea. Images are then brought into focus. Surgery for Myopia is simple and effective.

Example of a short sight prescription:

Eye Sphere CYL AXIS
Right Eye -2.50 -0.50 120
Left Eye -2.50 -0.50 45

Please note: the dash or minus sign in the sphere (SPH)

Laser Eye Surgery for Long Sight (Hyperopia)

If you are long-sighted, the focusing power of your eyes are too weak. You are able to view objects far away more comfortably than close up (less than 2 m, or six feet). Our new Schwind lasers have proved to be excellent at treating high levels of long sight, far beyond most other lasers in the market.

Example of a long sight prescription:

Eye Sphere CYL AXIS
Right Eye +2.00 -0.50 120
Left Eye -4.00 +2.25 60

Please note: the plus (+) sign for the sphere (SPH)

Laser Eye Surgery for Astigmatism

Astigmatism occurs when the eye's shape is irregular, like a rugby ball and can be corrected by LASIK and LASEK.

This condition allows only partial focus on an image, while blurring occurs at all distances. For instance, astigmatism can cause some wheel spokes to appear clearer than others. Astigmatism is shown on your prescription in the box marked CYL and is measured by the strength of a cylindrical lens required for your clearest vision.

AXIS shows the angle at which astigmatism lies across the eye (the spokes which are most blurred). Laser surgery for astigmatism is very effective and is given in the same sitting as your prescription correction and is included in our charges (unlike some companies who charge extra for astigmatism).

Example of an astigmatic prescription:

Eye Sphere CYL AXIS
Right Eye -3.50 -1.50 120
Left Eye -4.00 +2.25 60

Please note: CYL can be measured as plus (+) or minus (-)

Reading Glasses (Presbyopia)

Presbyopia is the age-related need for reading glasses which comes to us all. There are several options to treat the need for reading glasses which will be discussed on your consultation. Youthful vision can be restored by the following methods:

Lens Surgery

If you are not suitable for either LASIK or LASEK, you may well be suitable for Lens Surgery instead.

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Monovision is where one eye is corrected for near vision and the other for far distances. Many people already enjoy Monovision by wearing an underpowered contact lens in one eye. This can be reproduced by laser surgery.

PresbyMAX, multifocal laser surgery

PresbyMAX works on a similar principle to multifocal lenses, by reshaping the eye’s surface into precise focal points.  This provides good vision at all distances, whether the object is near, far, or in between. The technique can also treat visual defects during the procedure.

Laser Eye Surgery Chart

Optimax offers a two types of laser eye procedures to best suit your needs and personal preferences. The prescription and treatment table below offers an approximate guide:

Treatment Prescription Procedure Recovery Results Avg Discharge Period
LASEK Wavefront Sphere: -0.5 to -6 Cylinder:+0.5 to +4 Surfaced-based 3-5 days some discomfort pain 1-4 wks 3 months
Femtosecond LASIK Wavefront Sphere: -0.5 to -12.00 +1 to +4 Cylinder: upto -6.00 Surgical Painfree 1-2 days minimum discomfort 1-2 days 3 months

Lasers treat the need for distance vision only. If you wear glasses for both distance and close vision, the distant vision can be treated but you will still need glasses for close vision. The continuing need for reading glasses is not due to long or short sight, but the stiffening of the eye muscles that usually occurs after middle age. As with all normal-sighted people, patients will still need reading glasses from about 45 years of age unless monovision or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is chosen.

Laser Comparison

All laser technology used at UK clinics provides high-quality outcomes.

Laser used at top UK laser clinics include:

  • Schwind
  • Nidek
  • VISX

Optimax has Schwind laser technology at a number of UK clinics. The Schwind laser system represents a refinement of the laser technique, offering exceptional levels of safety and precision - meaning Optimax can provide unprecedented levels of surgical excellence.

All laser manufacturers:

  • Use World Class technology
  • Produce lasers providing high-quality outcomes
  • Are involved in ongoing research to bring safer, more accurate lasers to market

More details about commonly used lasers are available at allaboutvision.com, an independent source of impartial information about vision and eye care.

Important facts to consider:

  • Skill and experience of the surgeon operating the laser is the most important factor.
  • Wavefront technology is the most important advancement in Laser Eye Surgery. All lasers at Optimax are equipped with the latest Wavefront software.
  • All Optimax surgeons are GMC registered and are Members or Fellows of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. View our surgeon profiles to check their experience and qualifications.
  • Clinical studies on lasers are readily available on the internet from institutions such as the US FDA (Food & Drug Administration).
  • Optimax has been at the forefront of technology since opening in 1992 and has provided over 300,000 treatments since then.



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