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LASIK Eye Surgery in London

LASIK is the most popular laser eye surgery currently used for vision correction in patients with short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.

LASIK procedure takes only a few minutes and has a fast recovery time too. The majority of our patients reach better levels of vision within 48 hours.

The modern LASIK surgery we use at Optimal Vision utilises only laser for its procedure - no blade is used. The first laser called femtosecond creates a very thin flap and the second laser called excimer corrects your prescription, this method allows fast recovery and predictable outcomes also, allowing doctors to correct higher prescriptions.

Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is known as the most popular laser eye surgery used for vision correction in patients with short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.

Just like other laser vision correction surgeries, LASIK is used to reshape the cornea of the eyes. All laser eye surgeries have as their aim the re-shaping the cornea in order to allow the proper focusing of light onto the retina.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Lasik


  • It has a high success rate and fast recovery. About 96% of patients who are to have laser eye surgery prefer LASIK because they can carry on with their normal routine shortly after the surgery.
  • Vision correction noticeable after 24 hours.
  • Less pain is associated with LASIK.
  • LASIK requires no stitches or bandages.
  • LASIK is open to adjustments years after the surgery if your vision changes because of the ageing process.
  • It leads to a significant reduction in contact lens and spectacle dependence which last for many years.

Potential Side Effects of Lasik

Most patients experience some slight discomfort for 24 to 48 hours after the laser surgery. Other rare side effects include:

  • Vision fluctuations
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Difficulty while driving at night
  • Glare
  • Seeing halos around images

Preparation for the Lasik Surgery

Before LASIK is scheduled, you need to visit your ophthalmologist to discuss the procedure. During the initial consultation session, your medical history will be taken, and your eyes will be assessed.

Certain tests such as measurement of the corneal thickness, refraction, eye pressure, corneal mapping and pupil dilation will be carried out. Once the test results have been accepted by the ophthalmologist, an appointment can be scheduled for the LASIK procedure.

You will be asked not to wear your gas permeable contact lenses for at least 3 weeks before an eye assessment. For other types of contact lenses, you will have to avoid them for three days before the evaluation. You should also bring your glasses to the clinic so that your ophthalmologist can review your eye prescription.

On the day of your LASIK surgery, you should not eat a heavy meal. Take a light meal and use all your prescribed medications before heading to the clinic.

During The Procedure

Before the procedure, anaesthetic eye drops will be instilled into the eye to numb it from pain. An instrument called femtosecond laser is used during the LASIK procedure to create a very thin flap in the cornea. The flap will then be lifted so that the underlying tissue of the cornea can be reshaped using the laser. Then the flap will be repositioned for faster recovery.

After The Procedure

You will probably feel some dryness in your eye after the procedure. Don’t worry as this is temporary. Your ophthalmologist will give you prescribed eye drops to prevent inflammation and infection, that will also moisturise your eye.

Your vision might be blurry or hazy for the first day after surgery, but your vision will improve a few days after surgery. Healing after LASIK is usually rapid.

You would be expected to visit your ophthalmologist within 24 to 48 hours after the procedure, for evaluation. Book your eye treatment consultation with a simple click. 

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