Laser Eye Correction
Laser eye correction has become a routine treatment since the first procedure was performed in 1989, with more than 100,000 performed every year in the UK alone.
Life afterwards is liberating for many people
Vision correction techniques
The first technique to be offered was called PRK, and this procedure is still in use today (also referred to as LASEK). However, it has been mainly superseded by the much more popular LASIK. Approximately 95% of all laser eye surgery today is carried out using LASIK. PRK is reserved for certain prescriptions, or when the patient has a particularly thin cornea, where cutting a LASIK flap would be inappropriate.
LASIK is a two-stage procedure. The first stage involves creating a very thin flap in the superficial layers of the cornea, and then folding that flap to one side. The second stage is to reshape the corneal curvature in order to correct the need for glasses or contact lenses.
In modern laser vision surgery, no blade is used at any point. Instead, a femtosecond (femto) laser is used in the first stage which can create a flap with an accuracy of a single micron (1 µ equals one millionth of a metre). A femto laser, such as our Ziemer LDV laser, is a highly complex piece of technology which has replaced the need for a blade to cut a corneal flap, adding a new level of safety and precision to this microsurgical procedure.
We use an excimer laser in the second stage of LASIK, which is a cool beam device to remove a thin layer of tissue and so reshape the corneal curvature, leaving a extremely smooth surface afterwards. The excimer laser has a precision that surpasses even a femtosecond device, being able to remove one quarter of a micron with every pulse.
It takes only 4-5 minutes to treat each eye and so laser correction to both eyes can be completed in just 8-10 minutes. With the advanced Z-LASIK technique, using the Ziemer LDV and WaveLight lasers, most patients can see at or close to 20/20 vision just 30 minutes following treatment.
It is this sophistication of technology, accuracy and safety that helps convince patients that there has never been a better or safer time to be treated.
How much does surgery cost?
You may have read in the media that some clinics offer laser eye surgery from prices as low as £395 per eye. At Focus we simply offer clear, transparent pricing which includes wavefront customisation and aftercare. Please visit our pricing and finance page for more information. If suitable, you may wish to finance the surgery – please visit the finance section of the page for more information, as we have a variety of options.
Is it safe?
Things have come a very long way in the past two decades. Firstly the results are now so good that most patients can achieve better than 20/20 vision. (What is 20/20 vision?) It is the surgeon’s expertise and the team that look after you ensure that safety is THE number one priority at ALL times.