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Laser Eye Surgery FAQ

We want you to be as confident as we are in our technology and procedures, so here are the answers to a selection of the questions we are most commonly asked. Don't forget that our specialists are available by phone to answer any other questions you may have, so please feel free to ask.
Mother and Child in Car by BeachOur success is built upon giving our patients the very best outcome that can possibly be achieved through laser eye surgery. Even though we treat many patients who have been refused by other clinics, due to extreme prescriptions or eye conditions, over 99% of our patients are able to drive without glasses soon after laser eye treatment. At your consultation we will discuss what can be achieved in your individual case. You can view our latest audited results here.
Like your eyes, every laser eye surgery treatment plan is different. We include state-of-the art Wavefront diagnostics as a routine part of every 'pre-op' at no extra cost. This means that we can recommend the clinically most appropriate laser eye surgery treatment for your condition from our extensive range of options. We do not believe in tiered options allowing price to dictate the quality of treatment you receive. In each case, we would only recommend what we believe to be the safest and best for you.

Our eye surgery treatment plans extend to -14.00 and above +6.00 and are very competitively priced when compared with other clinics. In some cases we will consider price matching with other clinics.

To find out more about our prices click here.
Laser eye surgery treatment is virtually painless. However, you may experience some mild to moderate discomfort and watering of the eyes for a few hours after LASIK surgery treatment.
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Laser vision treatment restores improved vision reducing or eliminating the need for glasses and contact lenses. Your vision like everybody else's will change naturally over time. This is not a 'failure' or complication of treatment, just a fact of life. Your consultation will provide the opportunity to discuss what outcomes and any likely future changes you can expect.
As we reach our mid 40's, the fine focusing mechanism of the lens does not function as well as when we were younger. As a result many of us will need the help of reading glasses for presbyopia. There are treatments available from AccuVision, which can help to treat this, such as Monovision and Blended Vision. Find out more about them here.
In most cases, an enhancement may be a solution to vision changes that occur later in life. Our specialists will re-examine your eyes at the time to find a suitable vision solution for you.
Visual rehabilitation after treatment is rapid. Most people achieve good vision the day after surgery and find that their eyes feel fairly normal 24 hours later. However, your sight will improve even further, and the very best vision could take two to three weeks.
Because of increased safety and predictability we are happy to treat both eyes at the same time.
In over 98% of cases a single laser eye surgery treatment is sufficient. In others, a second enhancement treatment may be required to help you achieve optimum vision. This is at no extra cost to you (within a year of treatment).
We suggest that you bring someone with you to the initial screening if you are driving to the clinic as the drops we use in the eyes may affect your vision for a short time afterwards.
Once you have booked a time for a consultation on 0330 123 2020 or through the website or email info@accuvision.co.uk you will be asked a number of simple questions that will help us to prepare for your consultation.

If you are a contact lens wearer, you will be advised to stop wearing your contact lenses for a specific period of time before you see us for your consultation. You may wish to visit the website and view the customer experience video or listen to the podcast to help familiarise yourself with the free consultation procedure but our highly experienced consultants will take you through each step very carefully.
We are specialists in treating patients who have been refused laser treatment at other clinics, or who have ‘high’ or complex prescription or who have been offered more invasive surgery such as intra ocular lens implants.
The highly skilled team at AccuVision is able to advise and perform a variety of vision correction treatments that are non laser, if you are found unsuitable for laser eye surgery. Your consultant ophthalmologist will advise you of your options based on the very detailed findings from your free consultation.
 
No sales pressure - it's your choice.

We will want to understand your motivation for laser vision correction and what your expectations are for your future vision. We treat many recognised and up and coming sports people who need to trust us not only with their vision but also their future success in their chosen sport. We apply the same understanding to all our patients in order to meet or better their expectations for their future vision.
All patients have treatments that are customised for their prescription and give optimal outcomes. Our technology allows us to choose the most appropriate treatment strategy for your eyes at an all inclusive fee.
 
The considerable experience of our consultant surgeons combined with technology at the forefront of its field, and a clinical team with a highly specialised, research supported background, means that we can offer offer our patients consistently "ultra thin LASIK flaps". This indicates safer treatment profiles, improved recovery times and better outcomes.
In certain circumstances "all laser" treatment plan, Trans-Epithelial surface treatment is indicated in some patients. This is a "no-blade" surgery procedure where the laser is first used to remove the epithelium. The second stage of the laser eye surgery is exactly the same as other treatment procedures where the laser is used to correct the desired ametropia. 

The trans-epi laser eye surgery treatment uses the same laser to deliver both parts of the treatment, unlike an Intralase procedure. No flap is created on the front of the eye. A bandage contact lens is used to protect the eye while it recovers.

The trans-epi treatment plan is popular with armed forces personnel and those patients who play contact sports. The risk of flap complication through impact to the eye is eliminated with this procedure.

It is also used for more complex cases where LASIK has been performed in the past or where corneal thickness becomes a key determinant for suitability for surgery.


 
Intralase™ is a procedure involving the use of 2 lasers with the aim of performing the same LASIK treatment but with no blade. Firstly, a femtosecond laser is used to "cut" the flap which can take up to 2 minutes  The second laser is used as before to complete the corrective treatment.

Creating a laser flap is an option we leave to the surgeon. Some of the reasons for this policy can be read here.
There are a number of advantages to using a mechanical microkeratomes over a laser created flap. With a mechanical microkeratome the LASIK treatment is one continuous process; there is no need to move the patient or the equipment to move from one laser machine to the next.

The mechanical microkeratome is also faster at producing the flap, so there is less drying of the eye, which can affect the accuracy of the laser procedure.

When using a mechanical microkeratome suction is engaged for only 10-15 seconds rather than the longer periods of up to 100 seconds or more required for laser treatment; less time under this suction further reduces the very small risk of a severe vascular event of the retina or optic nerve.

When using a specialised mechanical microkeratome, there is no need to perform a manual dissection of the flap, which carries a risk of flap tears.
There is a prodigious amount of marketing information produced by the manufacturer of the Femtosecond™ laser that it can reduce the complications and even increase accuracy of results. However, there are very few peer reviewed studies that substantiate this in any way. Most recent studies conclude that there is little to choose between them so you must ensure that the information that is being compared is relevant.

A clue as to why Femtosecond™ laser treatment is recommended by certain clinics can be found in the charges that are levied by those clinics that use them.

You can read about the reasons why WE do not use Intralase™ here.