What is Laser Eye Surgery and How Does It Work?

In basic terms, laser eye surgery is the re-shaping of a patient's cornea so that sunlight enters the eye and hits the retina in a different way. 95% of laser eye surgery treatments are successful on the 1st procedure and improve long sightedness, short-sightedness or astigmatism.

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Types of Laser Eye Surgery


LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is currently one of the most frequently performed elective laser eye surgery procedures in the United Kingdom and worldwide. LASIK Eye Surgery is a highly effective outpatient laser eye treatment that is suitable for most low, moderate and higher prescriptions. LASIK Eye Surgery is performed by creating a U-shaped protective flap on the front surface of the eye. A laser with a cool beam of light is used to gently reshape the front window of your eye (cornea).


LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) is a laser eye surgery procedure that involves removing the top layer of the cornea before re-sculpting the cornea with the excimer laser. During LASEK Eye Surgery this top layer or ‘epithelial sheet’ is then replaced on the surface of the eye and a soft contact lens is applied as a ‘bandage’ for a few days following surgery. While not a common Laser Eye Surgery Treatment it may still be suitable for certain patients. Below details the difference between LASIK Eye Surgery and LASEK Eye Surgery.

Laser Eye Surgery Misconceptions

Despite the fact that Laser Eye Surgery has advanced so much, many people still understandably have concerns and misconceptions about it. Here we look at some of the most common ones and try and put your mind at rest from Laser Eye Surgery Misconceptions.fference between LASIK Eye Surgery and LASEK Eye Surgery.

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