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Laser eye
surgery

Transform your vision with fast, precise
and painless laser eye surgery treatment.

how laser eye surgery works

What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a very popular refractive surgery for those wishing to eliminate or reduce their dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses. It is most commonly performed in patients who are myopic (short sighted) but can also be used in those with lower levels of hyperopia (long sightedness) and astigmatism.

How does it work?

Patients wear glasses because the eyes are unable to focus light accurately on the retina at the back of the eye and this results in blurred vision. A special laser known as an excimer laser reshapes the middle layer of the cornea known as the stroma, to correct the vision. The cornea is the clear surface at the front of the eye.
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do i need a test for laser eye surgery?

Do I need to have tests carried out before surgery?

Before undergoing laser eye surgery, it is important to have a comprehensive eye examination to determine if the procedure is a suitable option for you. This typically includes a series of tests to assess your overall eye health, including scans to measure the shape, curvature and thickness of your cornea, the health of your retina, and the pressure inside your eye.

Vision Scotland : Eye care specialists

Why have treatment with Vision Scotland 

Surgery

All surgery is carried out by the same surgeon you see in consultation.

Experience

Our surgeons are all highly experienced with more than 10+ years’ experience in refractive surgery.

Nursing

Experienced, caring nursing and optometrist team.

Approved

HIS approved purpose-built facilities.

Equipment

State-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical equipment.

Support

Robust, extended aftercare plans as part of package.

Lasek vs Lasik

At Vision Scotland we offer two types of laser eye surgery – LASIK and LASEK. Both procedures achieve the same result but differ in the method used to access the portion of the cornea that is reshaped.

LASEK (Laser assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy) involves numbing the eye with anaesthetic eye drops and using an alcohol solution to loosen the top layer of the cornea, known as the epithelium. The epithelium is put to one side and returned to its position after the laser has been applied. The laser treatment takes a couple of minutes and at the end of the procedure, a contact lens is applied which acts as a bandage while the cornea heals.

LASIK (Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) involves numbing the eye with anaesthetic drops and creating a paper thin flap on the cornea instead of removing the epithelium all together. The laser is applied and then the flap is folded back into position where it attaches in a matter of minutes and healing begins.  A suction device is applied to the eye to stop it from moving during the procedure.

The recovery time for LASEK surgery is typically longer than for LASIK surgery, this is because the epithelium is completely removed in LASEK and takes a few days to regenerate. As a result, patients are likely to experience some discomfort and blurred vision for the first few days after the procedure.

However, most people who undergo LASEK surgery experience significant improvements in their vision within a few weeks of the procedure. Because LASEK does not involve creation of a flap, which contains both epithelial and deeper stromal tissue, the entire thickness of the stroma is available for treatment. The treatment range is therefore higher. This is particularly helpful for patients with high levels of myopia or for those who’s cornea is too thin for LASIK. LASEK is also free of flap related complication risks. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully during the recovery period to ensure the best possible results.

At your consultation we’ll be able to advise you on which type best suits your eyes. Lasek is a safer procedure, but is associated with more discomfort in the first few days after treatment. Since it is safer, we tend to recommend LASEK in most cases.

Is laser eye surgery safe?

Laser eye surgery is generally considered to be a safe and effective way to correct certain vision problems. The procedure has been performed successfully on millions of people around the world, and the vast majority of people who undergo laser eye surgery experience significant improvements in their vision.

However, like any surgical procedure, laser eye surgery carries some risks and potential complications. The most common side effects of laser eye surgery include dry eyes, temporary blurry vision, and halos around lights. These side effects are typically mild and resolve on their own within a few days or weeks.

Rare complications of laser eye surgery include infection, inflammation, and corneal scarring. In very rare cases, laser eye surgery can cause vision loss, although this is typically the result of an underlying medical condition rather than the surgery itself.

Overall, it is important to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits of laser eye surgery before making a decision about whether to undergo the procedure. Your doctor will provide you with more information about the potential risks and complications of laser eye surgery and help you determine if it is a suitable treatment option for you. 

Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

Not everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery. Suitability can only be determined after a full consultation with advanced diagnostic testing. We are delighted to welcome any interested patient to attend for a free diagnostic consultation to ascertain their suitability.

In general, the best candidates for laser eye surgery are people who:

What are the alternatives?

Should you be unsuitable for laser eye surgery then worry not as there is a very good chance that you will be suitable for a range of other refractive surgeries such as implantable contact lenses (ICL) or refractive lens exchange (RLE).
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