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Laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery (laser sight correction) involves precise reshaping of the cornea to very accurately to correct short sight (myopia), long sight (hyperopia), and astigmatism. At Moorfields Private we offer LASIK and surface laser treatments (PRK, LASEK, and TransPRK).

  • All modern laser eye surgery procedures produce similar visual results. The main difference between the categories outlined below is speed of recovery and time off work.

    Your specialist consultant surgeon will discuss each of the procedures in more detail with you at your first consultation, when they will advise which will best suit your individual needs.

  • This is the most commonly performed laser eye treatment. For LASIK two different types of laser are used. First, a femtosecond laser creates a thin protective layer by tracing a 3D pattern of tiny gas bubbles through the corneal tissue. This hinged layer is lifted back by the surgeon before an excimer laser reshapes the cornea to correct focus. The protective flap is then replaced to complete the procedure.

    After approximately 3-6 hours the surface cell layer heals around the edge of the flap and sight begins to improve. By the day after surgery, most people are able to see well enough to work and drive a car.

  • Surface laser treatments are performed directly beneath the clear skin layer of the cornea (the corneal epithelium), which is removed by the laser (TransPRK) or the surgeon (LASEK) before laser reshaping to correct vision. Visual recovery is slower than for LASIK because it takes the skin layer a few days to grow back and a few weeks to smooth off optically. Surface laser treatments are often the best option for patients with thinner corneas.

    Once the surface cell layer has healed the vision starts to improve, and typically reaches the driving standard one to four weeks after surgery, depending upon the prescription treated. Most patients require a week off work after surgery.

  • At your first appointment, your specialist consultant surgeon will discuss the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs. However, the following is a useful guide to general suitability:

    • You should be at least 21 years old and your eyes must be healthy and your prescription stable.

    • You should not be pregnant or nursing as these conditions might change the measured refraction of the eye. You should wait for three months after breastfeeding until you come for a consultation.

    • You should not be taking certain prescription drugs, such as Accutane or oral Prednisolone.

    • You should be in good general health. Laser eye surgery may not be recommended for patients with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma, herpes infections of the eye, or cataracts. You should discuss this with your surgeon.

    • Longsighted (can’t see things close up) up to: +3 to +4

    • Short-sighted (can’t see things in the distance) up to: -10 to -11

    • Astigmatism (poor near and distance vision) up to -6D

  • Moorfields Private has a worldwide reputation for providing the highest quality treatment and care for private patients seeking laser eye surgery.

    All of our surgeons hold accredited consultant positions at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, working at the very top of their profession.

    They use the most advanced refractive laser equipment available, which is renewed every three years to provide supreme accuracy.

    Above all, we pride ourselves on offering a service with complete continuity. At each visit, you will see the surgeon of your choice who will supervise every aspect of your care from start to finish.

  • The only way to know which vision correction treatment is the right option for you is by booking an appointment with one of our specialist consultant eye surgeons. Here are the next steps to take towards better vision:

    1. Book an initial consultation with one of our consultants.

    2. After you’ve met with your consultant and been assessed, book the surgery.

    3. Surgery takes around to 20-30 minutes for both eyes.

    4. One to three days later, have a follow-up appointment to check how your eyes are recovering.

    5. Return three months later for a final check-up.

  • The first appointment will take around one to two hours. In that time you will have scans, an eye test and eye drops. You will then spend some time with your chosen consultant eye surgeon to discuss the results of your tests and the type of procedure that best suits you.

  • The surgery is now safer than ever due to huge advances in laser technology. Despite these advances, all surgery carries a small risk of complications. Most problems can be fixed and it is important to note that contact lens wear, the main alternative to laser vision correction for most patients, is also not free of risk.

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Mr Martin Watson

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Mr Bruce Allan

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Mr Tom Flynn

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Mr Alexander Ionides

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Professor David Gartry

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Mr Mark Wilkins

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Mr Romesh Angunawela

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Mr Daniel Gore

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Mr Vincenzo Maurino

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Mr Julian Stevens

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