• Should I opt for Blade-Free laser eye surgery?
At FOCUS we ONLY use a Femtosecond laser for LASIK flap creation. 75% of the top US laser eye surgery clinics only now use Femtosecond lasers due to their safety, accuracy and speed. If you are thinking about laser eye surgery ask the clinic if they use a Microkeratome (Blade) to perform some of their treatments. This is an old and out of date way of performing laser eye surgery.
• How much should I pay for laser vision correction?
For our treatment fees please visit the costs and finance page.
The cost of vision correction varies among practices, based on technology, surgeon experience and what the clinic includes in the fee. We are not the least expensive providers because we never sacrifice safety to save you money. We have invested heavily in advanced laser technology and our diagnostic technology is second to none. This investment is extremely important to surgical results and our patients tell us they can see the difference, literally! We encourage you to visit other laser clinics and compare. If the clinic you visit offer you laser eye surgery ‘from £295 an eye’ then ask if they use a Microkeratome to create the LASIK flap – this is a blade. At FOCUS we do NOT use any blades in flap creation and only use the blade-free Femtosecond laser.
It’s only natural to want to get the best price, but remember quality and service are extremely important when it comes to medical care. After all, your vision is one of your most important assets. The best way to find out exactly what your price will be is to come in for an exam. After a comprehensive evaluation to determine what procedures you’re a candidate for and what degree of correction you need, we will be able to give you a specific price.
• Will I have 20/20 vision following laser vision correction?
The goal of any refractive surgical procedure is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. However, we cannot guarantee you will have 20/20 vision as a result, although that is the outcome for 100% of our short sight patients from our own results audit. Our commitment to you is that we will not perform laser vision correction on you or anyone we feel does not have an excellent possibility of achieving independence from glasses and contacts. The vast majority of our patients are extremely happy with their results and can do most activities without dependence on corrective lenses after laser vision correction. For short sight, 100% of patients can see 20/20 following their laser vision correction, and the remainder are at the driving standard or better. A free enhancement is easy to perform to get these latter patients to 20/20 or even greater.
• Is laser vision correction safe?
Laser eye procedures are actually some the safest surgical treatments around. There are possible risks with any technique and we encourage you to discuss these with us. Please note that treatments are available for any complications that affect your vision. Serious complications with LASIK, PRK or KAMRA are extremely rare. The chance of having a complication, including various minor ones, from LASIK has been documented in previous clinical studies to be less than one percent, and based on procedures which used less sophisticated technology than we have available today. In fact, it has been recently proven that there is a higher risk of infection from just wearing contact lenses!!
Many of the risks and complications associated with this procedure can be reduced or eliminated through careful patient selection and thorough pre-operative testing using the latest diagnostic technology. That is why FOCUS has invested so heavily in having the very latest and most sophisticated technology available anywhere in the world.
After laser eye treatment, you may experience some visual side effects. These are usually mild and most often diminish over a few days to a few weeks. But there is a slight chance that some of these side effects won’t go away completely, such as feelings of dryness, glare and haloes. If after a thorough examination we decide you are a good candidate for laser vision correction, you will be given additional information about the procedure that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed. Be sure you have all your questions answered to your satisfaction.