Laser Eye Surgery Questions

Am I suitable for refractive surgery?

You may be suitable for refractive surgery if:

  • Your spectacle or contact lens prescription is stable
  • You do not have any major health problems or a history of eye disease/injury
  • You have a prescription that is within the recommended range for the procedure you are undergoing [for LASIK: up to around -12.00 (short sight) or +4.00 (long sight)]

You may not be suitable for refractive surgery if:

  • You are taking or have taken medications that affect wound healing
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding or are within six months of pregnancy or breast feeding

There are various other factors that may determine if you are suitable for laser eye surgery. Please visit our laser eye practice in Central London to find out if refractive surgery is right for you.

What are the possible risks and side effects of LASIK surgery?

Although LASIK has proven to be very safe, it can occasionally cause side effects such as visual disturbances (such as night vision problems, haze, haloes and glare) or temporary dry eye. As with any surgery, there is the possibility of surgical complications, or infections or inflammations. It is important for patients to be aware that LASIK surgery does not always result in "perfect" vision. Although there is now two decades of experience with laser eye surgery, data about its safety and effectiveness continues to be collected.

Will LASIK surgery completely eliminate my need for glasses or contact lenses?

After receiving LASIK surgery at our laser eye practice in London, patients usually find that they no longer need spectacles or contact lenses for most day to day distance vision purposes. However, they may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses for some purposes. Patients who undergo LASIK will also usually need to wear reading glasses when they reach their forties.

What is the difference between PRK, LASEK, and Epi-LASIK surgery?

The three refractive procedures differ only slightly - with PRK, Mr Bailey uses an excimer laser to reshape the surface of the cornea after removing the thin superficial skin of the eye. When performing LASEK or epi-LASIK surgery, however, the superficial skin is removed, set aside and is replaced at the end of the procedure. Either way, a new superficial skin regenerates in a few days.

C S Bailey BSc FRCS DO CertLRS, 99 Harley Street  London W1G 6AQ. Tel: +44 (0)207 935 1010  Fax: +44 (0)20 7084 7729