How To Choose A Laser Eye Surgery Clinic
Laser Eye Surgery can be a daunting topic for anyone. Many things that need to be considered and a hundred questions will likely be whirling around in your head:
With all these questions, it can be easy to fall into the familiar trap of looking to the internet. The world wide web has undoubtedly helped to make our lives easier in many ways. For example, it can be an excellent resource for information on Laser Eye Surgery.
On the other hand, however, the sheer amount of information and opinion out there can actually make the process even more confusing.
But fear not, we have some good news: You don’t have to make these decisions alone. Once you have gotten over the initial hurdle of finding a good Laser Eye Surgery clinic, there should always be a friendly and knowledgeable consultant on hand to help – and the first step is undergoing a comprehensive assessment with an eye care specialist.
Every Patient is Different
At London Vision Clinic, we work hard to create a personalised treatment plan for each and every one of our patients. To meet this goal, we have one of the most thorough initial assessments in the business. Our clinicians and surgeons are always on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment.
That being said, however, many patients prefer to carry out their own research – with the help of our knowledgeable staff. This can help to prepare you for the Laser Eye Surgery process and what to expect during your recovery.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at why it is advantageous to conduct thorough research both before selecting your clinic and before undergoing treatment:
- Some clinics do not treat conditions that are treatable elsewhere (We treat many patients that were turned down elsewhere);
- There are several reasons for unsuitability for Laser Eye Surgery;
- Certain conditions are only a temporary barrier to surgery;
- There are common questions about the process and procedure that can easily be answered
Choosing A Treatment
At London Vision Clinic, the vast majority of our patients receive one of the three main Laser Eye Surgery treatments: ReLEx SMILE, LASIK, or PRK/LASEK (with 96% receiving one of the first two!).
LASIK or traditional PRK/LASEK can be used to effectively treat many cases of short-sightedness (myopia) or long-sightedness (hyperopia). The recent innovation of ReLEx SMILE, however, now means we are able to offer treatment to more patients than ever – even those with extreme short-sightedness may now achieve amazing results!
ReLEx SMILE has also made it possible to treat many extremely high prescriptions. Previously, many patients with high prescriptions were deemed unsuitable for Laser Eye Surgery treatment and many were thought to only be treatable with synthetic lens implants.
This innovative advancement has also opened up Laser Eye Surgery to those with thinner corneas, contact lens intolerance, or drier eyes.
You can read more about ReLEx SMILE Laser Eye Surgery here, and also watch the video below.
If you have astigmatism, you may be under the impression that you are not a suitable candidate for Laser Eye Surgery. Astigmatism is when the shape of the eye itself affects the way light is reflected into the retina – hence affecting the image. But this isn’t the case. Here at London Vision Clinic, we can successfully treat astigmatism symptoms using LASIK and PRK.
In this short video, Mr Glen Carp gives us some insight into the subtle difference between PRK (or LASEK) and LASIK Laser Eye Surgery: