Whether you're a life-long glasses wearer or have only recently seen a deterioration in your vision, laser eye surgery is a well-established, fast, effective and proven treatment which could restore your vision in a matter of minutes.
Yet the procedure itself can sound a little scary. The word “laser” in its name, might conjure up some pretty scary seeming images, especially when it might involve our eyes. However, lasers are very precise and increasingly so with even better technology in the 21st Century!
Putting worries in perspective
Of course, there's also the natural fear that something could go wrong. Vision is one of our most precious senses, the idea of losing it is enough to make anyone thing twice having anything done.
Yet, for all this worry, laser eye surgery is now one of the most commonly performed procedures in the UK and when performed in the correct environment and in particular the right “hands” the complication rate is extremely low. Most are minor and temporary like an initial halo after the procedure which results from mild corneal swelling. This disappears in a few days to a couple of weeks. Dry eye is also a temporary problem as long as patients are selected properly.
In comparison to contact lenses, the risk of a sight threatening problem after laser is much lower. There is a 1% (1:100) lifetime sight threatening problem with contact lenses, whereas with properly performed laser eye surgery, the risk is lower ranging from as low as 1:5000 to 1:10,000. So in a nutshell, where suitable, some would reason that laser eye surgery is probably safer than wearing contact lenses.
Life without glasses or contacts
With concerns about laser eye surgery out the way, what about the positives of eye laser surgery?
The procedure is quick (10 to 15 minutes) and 98% of patients at Centre for Sight get 20/20 or 6/6 vision. Find out if you are suitable? Imagine waking up with this vision and how your day might be different. From waking up and seeing the alarm clock, seeing your toes in the shower, through to going for a run, swimming and playing sports without glasses or contact lenses. And holidays – not having to worry about taking all the solutions and spare lenses and glasses!
Meanwhile, if you're a contact lens wearer, laser eye surgery is your ticket to a life free of cleaning solution, wonky lenses during driving, washed out dailies in the swimming pool, accidentally poking yourself in the eye and ruining your make up every bloomin' morning and those heightened risks of eye injury and eye infection. Sounds pretty great, doesn't it?
A fast fix with lifelong benefits
As we mentioned earlier, the actual eye laser surgery procedure typically takes 6 to 10 minutes per eye. It may sound a little scary, but the process is entirely pain free. Blink, and you'll miss it! (But perhaps avoid blinking for the duration).
Please note our eyes, just like the rest of our bodies (unfortunately!), are susceptible to the process of ageing. Although rare, vision might change in later life from cataract or other eye conditions. Maintain your eye health and overall health, have your regular check-ups with your optician or optometrist and you could enjoy permanently better vision for decades until your eyesight begins to naturally deteriorate with age.