Laser Eye Surgery FAQs
Laser eye surgery is the most popular elective surgery in the UK, and over 30 million procedures have been carried out worldwide. Even though it’s one of the safest operations, with over 99% of Optimax patients achieving driving standard vision or better, it’s normal to have some concerns before going into the treatment room. Here are some of the questions that people ask most often.
A thin layer is lifted away from the eye, allowing the laser to correct the prescription of the layer underneath. The original layer is then put back in place and sometimes protected with a clear bandage lens for a few days. We offer two types of laser eye surgery, known as LASEK and LASIK, and our expert team of optometrists and surgeons will be able to advise you on the most suitable form of treatment, depending on your prescription and lifestyle.
The minimum age for treatment is 18 but, depending on your prescription and treatment, may actually be older. Our eyes change all the time as we grow and any permanent correction will only work as long as you have a stable prescription. Younger eyes carry higher risk of future prescription change, as they may still be developing.
Our Lifetime Aftercare Guarantee provides patients with one free laser retreatment for distance-only correction. However this was only introduced in 2010 and is not given retrospectively. For patients treated prior to 2010, a laser retreatment for distance-only correction is offered at a reduced price of £395 per eye.