Am I Suitable?

Your suitability depends on three key factors: 

  1. Your unique blend of individual factors.
  2. The expertise of your surgical team.
  3. The calibre of available technology. 
So, the more advanced your chosen clinic, the greater the likelihood that you’re a suitable candidate. 

Are you wondering, “Is Laser Eye Surgery right for me? 

Have you been told you’re unsuitable for Laser Eye Surgery elsewhere?

If so, read on to understand your eligibility better.

What affects your suitability?

There are a number of factors that we assess to determine your suitability for Laser Eye Surgery:

1) Stability of Your Current Prescription

We track the behaviour of your prescription throughout your lifetime and customise your treatment accordingly.

2) Age (18+)

Whether you’re just stepping into adulthood or have a library of memories behind reading glasses, our Laser Eye Surgery experts make it possible to achieve clear vision at all stages of life.

3) Degree of Optical Error

Whether you’re shortsighted, farsighted, dealing with the blurriness of astigmatism or presbyopia, fret not. Nuanced Laser solutions are available for the most challenging prescriptions, ensuring outstanding vision quality for all vision issues.

4) Corneal Thickness

Thin corneas may need a more specialised approach — our clinicians are experts in advanced surface treatments like Trans-Epi, or alternative correction methods ensuring exceptional vision remains well within reach. 

5) Corneal Mapping Data

Advanced Laser Eye Surgery involves creating a unique 3D map of the shape and contours of your cornea. We are experts with this customised approach. We use it to craft a treatment as unique as your eye itself. This is how we guarantee our patients clarity and precision far beyond what is achievable with standard Laser Eye Surgery.

6) Medical History

Thorough checks for underlying eye conditions or general health issues are part of our comprehensive examination. This ensures we can tailor the most appropriate vision correction approach for the best vision possible.

7) Occupational and Lifestyle Considerations

Certain jobs  with unique vision demands (like pilots and military personnel) or physically active roles (like boxers or athletes), may benefit from advanced surface treatments.

Your personality, lifestyle, occupation, expectations and commitment to your vision all play a role in determining your eligibility.

Remember, while the internet is awash with misinformation and well-meaning opinions, expert clinical advice with in-depth analysis of your individual risks and benefits, is the only accurate way to gauge suitability.

To know for sure if Laser Eye Surgery will work for you, or to discuss alternative vision correction options — call us at 0330 123 2020

Who is NOT suitable?

The following conditions may require special management:

1) Unstable or Rapidly Changing Prescriptions

If your prescription is continuously changing, we will identify its root cause and take steps to stabilise it, if the underlying conditions allow it.

2) Thin or Irregular Corneas

Thinner or irregularly shaped corneas may require advanced treatment methodologies, like trans-epi, or alternative vision correction methods.

3) Certain Eye Diseases

Conditions like glaucoma or keratoconus require distinct treatment approaches. For instance, INTACS or CXL x T-CAT treatment for keratoconus, outlined in the next section.

4) Dry Eyes

Individuals with severe dry eye syndrome may need additional treatment and/or lifestyle changes before undergoing Laser Eye Surgery. We will work with you to develop a customised strategy to get you on the quickest and most efficient path to clear vision.

5) Pregnant or Nursing Women

Laser Eye Surgery is not suitable for you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

6) Autoimmune Disorders Affecting the Eyes

Conditions that affect the immune system and the eyes need specialised care to prevent infection and inflammation that may impact the surgery’s success.

7) Medications Affecting Healing

If you are taking medications that affect wound healing or the immune response, your treatment may require additional steps which we will discuss with you in detail.

8) Certain Medical Conditions

Conditions like diabetes or immune disorders may impact your suitability for Laser Eye Surgery. These are listed in full below, and may need managing before you can have Laser Eye Surgery. Other vision correction alternatives will be discussed with you during consultation, if necessary.

With this said, a comprehensive consultation is the only way to know whether you are suitable or not. 

Our multi-disciplinary team manage complex cases through proper pre and post operative care, adapting your management for optimal visual outcomes.

This extends to patients of all medical conditions and requirements, including:

Medical Conditions That May Need Adapted Management

Whilst rare, if we find that Laser Eye Surgery isn’t the most suitable option for you, we will guide you towards alternative solutions and offer ongoing care.

If you’re unsure whether you’re suitable for Laser Eye Surgery procedures like LASIK, we can help you. Book a consultation or call on 0330 123 2020

Am I suitable if I have astigmatism?

If you’re living with astigmatism, you’re likely a suitable candidate for Laser Eye Surgery for astigmatism at AccuVision.


Astigmatism arises when the cornea or lens of your eye has an irregular shape — more like a rugby ball rather than football (illustrated above). This irregularity can lead to distorted or blurred vision at any distance. 

At AccuVision, we specialise in addressing various levels of astigmatism using our advanced AccuWave™ Laser Vision Correction. This state-of-the-art system is designed to pinpoint and reshape the irregularities within your astigmatic cornea, ensuring exceptional vision, even for complex cases.

When you choose AccuVision, you benefit from thorough diagnostics, including WaveFront analysis and corneal topography, at no extra cost. Through expert interpretation of these detailed scans, our clinicians have removed blurriness and restored clear vision to thousands of astigmatic patients.

Astigmatism With Thinner Corneas

Trans-Epi is a groundbreaking Laser Eye Surgery technique that opens up new possibilities for individuals with higher levels of astigmatism and thinner corneas.

With this advanced procedure, AccuVision ensures that more patients can experience the benefits of Laser Eye Surgery, even in cases that might have been considered challenging with traditional methods.

Our experienced team is dedicated to guiding you through every step of this journey, prioritising your comfort and safety while delivering the best possible visual outcomes. So, if you have astigmatism and thinner corneas, rest assured that AccuVision has innovative solutions to address your unique needs and provide you with clear and sharp vision.

Am I suitable if I'm long sighted?

Presbyopia vs Hyperopia

Long-sightedness, medically known as hyperopia or hypermetropia, is routinely corrected through Laser Eye Surgery at AccuVision.

This refractive error occurs when your eye focuses light behind the retina instead of on it, leading to blurry near vision.

AccuVision brings Laser Eye Surgery for long sightedness to the next generation with our topography-guided Laser Eye Surgery. We begin by conducting a comprehensive assessment that includes WaveFront analysis and corneal topography, allowing us to gain a comprehensive understanding of your eyes.

With this advanced diagnostic data, our expert surgeons craft a treatment plan that targets your specific long-sightedness with pinpoint accuracy. What’s more, these diagnostics are included with your procedure at no additional cost. This is exactly how our clinicians have successfully treated thousands of patients with long-sightedness, providing them with the gift of clear and comfortable vision.

Laser Eye Surgery for Presbyopia (Age-Related Long Sightedness)

If you’re grappling with the pesky blurriness of presbyopia that often accompanies age, blended vision correction could be your solution.

To ensure that this vision solution suits you, your surgeon will fit you with contact lenses that mimic blended vision. If you find this adjustment comfortable and suitable, we can proceed with Laser Eye Surgery for presbyopia.

Our seasoned surgeons take it a step further, using advanced topography analysis to fine-tune your blended vision correction. This creates a seamless visual symphony that merges both long and short vision with precision. 


Am I suitable if I'm short sighted?

We offer advanced Laser Eye Surgery for short sightedness through AccuWave™ technology, designed to address short-sightedness with the highest level of precision and predictability.

Our approach begins with a thorough assessment, including WaveFront analysis and corneal topography, which provide a detailed map of your eye’s unique characteristics. 

We tailor your treatment plan based on these diagnostic findings, ensuring that the laser reshapes your cornea to target your specific prescription flawlessly. What’s more, these advanced diagnostics are included as standard for every AccuVision patient.

Laser Eye Surgery for Thinner Corneas or Higher Prescriptions

Explore the cutting-edge Trans-Epi Laser Eye Surgery, introduced to the UK by AccuVision.

This pioneering technique opens doors for individuals coping with challenging cases of nearsightedness, thinner corneas, and higher prescriptions, delivering a level of visual clarity often unattainable through conventional approaches.

Refused Treatment at Another Clinic? Get a Second Opinion.

If you have been told elsewhere that you are not suitable for Laser Eye Surgery, we may have good news for you.

We routinely see patients who have been refused surgery because of thin corneas, high prescriptions, age or certain medical conditions. Remember that every clinical team and technology platform have different capabilities, experience and areas of expertise – it is always best to speak with us to find out more.

Our experienced team has pioneered procedures in Laser Eye Surgery and customised revolutionary treatment plans, enabling us to safely and effectively help patients who have been refused treatment elsewhere due to limitations in technology and experience.

We may need to approach your care plan differently to allow for the above factors, but this doesn’t always mean you can’t experience the freedoms that Laser Eye Surgery can offer.

Patients that we progress to treatment have excellent outcomes with Laser Eye Surgery — you need only read their reviews for this to be apparent.

Your Suitability at AccuVision

In our seasoned hands, most individuals over the age of 18 are prime candidates for Laser Eye Surgery — even if they’ve been rejected for Laser Eye Surgery at other clinics. 

Through decades of expertise in optics, our specialised team has provided outstanding vision to over 80,000 patients. Even individuals turned away from surgery elsewhere, with the most intricate prescriptions, consistently attain freedom from glasses and contacts at AccuVision.

Consultation: A Priority, Not an Afterthought

Your journey towards Laser Eye Surgery doesn’t begin with assumptions, but with a comprehensive consultation.

At AccuVision, during this crucial step, we delve deep into your individual eye health, as well as your lifestyle and expectations. This detailed assessment is pivotal in determining your suitability for Laser Eye Surgery. 

Our experienced clinicians employ advanced diagnostic technologies like topography mapping, AccuWave™ and WaveFront™, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to evaluation your eyes. We consider both clinical and lifestyle factors to provide you with a holistic understanding of your eye health. 

So, if you’re contemplating the question, “am I suitable for Laser Eye Surgery?”, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation. You have already taken the first step towards a clearer and brighter future.

What Is My Next Step?

Invest your time in attending a consultation with our friendly and knowledgeable clinical team.

We are confident that your consultation with us will be the most detailed and rigorous eye examination you have ever experienced. 

We use the most advanced diagnostic technologies to look at every aspect of your eyes and your vision and your consultation does not stop there. 

We will discuss the results of your assessment with you in detail and help you decide whether Laser Eye Surgery is appropriate in your case. Here, you will receive plenty of opportunity to ask questions and understand more about your vision.

Our aim is to empower you with all the information you need to make a confident decision about treatment.

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Alternative Options for Those Not Suitable for Laser Eye Surgery

The irregularity of the corneal surface that develops with Keratoconus is what impacts quality of vision. In some cases we are able to use an excimer laser to reprofile the cornea prior to CXL. Advanced diagnostics allow us to very precisely map the topography of even very distorted corneas. This data is then transferred to the excimer laser and an ablation profile is created to normalise the asymmetry of the cornea.

In some cases the excimer laser can be further utilsed to correct refractive errors of the eye, thus leading to a significant improvement in the prescription.

Early diagnosis is the key here as unfortunately the longer the condition is left to worsen, the thinner one’s cornea becomes, the less scope there is for additional treatment options.

Corneal Ring Segment inserts or INTACs are another treatment option for patients suffering from Keratoconus. Very small curved clear plastic inserts are placed inside the cornea, helping to re-shape it. INTACs typically only partially correct the optical defect present so additional optical aids or surgery may be required to obtain a better correction.

The main disadvantage with Intacs are that they cannot prevent the cornea continuing to weaken and the patient may still require a corneal Graft in the future if the Keratoconus continues to progress.

RLE is a surgical procedure that involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct refractive errors.

It’s similar to cataract surgery and can be an excellent option for individuals with presbyopia or extreme hyperopia. RLE provides clear vision at various distances and reduces or eliminates the need for glasses.

IOL implantation may be the most appropriate solution for a minority of patients who may not be suitable candidates for laser eye surgery, often due to extreme refractive error or unusual corneal findings.

During this procedure, a clear artificial lens is inserted into the eye, typically replacing the eye’s natural lens. IOLs can correct a range of vision problems, including short sightedness, long sightedness, astigmatism, and even presbyopia.

Our experienced surgeons at Accuvision assess your unique needs to determine the most suitable IOL type, ensuring enhanced vision and improved quality of life.

Cataracts are a common age-related condition that can significantly impact vision. If you’re experiencing cataracts and laser eye surgery isn’t an option, cataract surgery provides a dual benefit:

Not only does it remove the clouded natural lens affected by the cataract, but it also replaces it with a clear artificial lens, effectively correcting your vision.

The procedure is safe and effective, allowing you to regain clear vision and enjoy daily activities with improved clarity.

Ortho-K is a non-surgical method of vision correction that involves wearing specially designed contact lenses overnight. These lenses gently reshape the cornea while you sleep, providing clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or daytime contacts. It’s a reversible option and can be ideal for those who want to be free of daytime corrective lenses.

ICL is an implantable lens used to correct refractive errors, primarily myopia (nearsightedness). Unlike traditional contact lenses, which sit on the eye’s surface, ICLs are surgically implanted within the eye, typically just behind the iris and in front of the natural lens.

ICLs work alongside the eye’s natural lens to focus light properly on the retina, providing clear vision. They are often used when LASIK or PRK may not be suitable, such as for individuals with high degrees of myopia.

Sometimes, simple lifestyle adjustments can enhance your vision and reduce the need for corrective lenses. These adjustments might include proper lighting, using magnifying devices for close-up tasks, and adopting good eye health practices to maintain overall visual comfort.

In some cases, a combination of the above options may be recommended to address unique vision challenges effectively. Our experienced team will work with you to create a personalised vision correction plan tailored to your needs and preferences.

Up until a few years ago, the only option for advanced cases of Keratoconus was corneal transplantation (Graft). During a transplant the disc of diseased corneal tissue is removed from the eye and it is replaced with a healthy donor cornea.

This operation could take one of two forms. A partial removal of the cornea called lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), or full removal called penetrating keratoplasty (PK).

Only the outer layer of the cornea is removed and replaced during lamellar keratoplasty. It has many advantages, including early suture removal and decreased risk of rejection. It is more time consuming and requires much greater technical ability from the treating surgeon.

The entire cornea is removed and then replaced during penetrating keratoplasty (PK). The new corneal tissue is attached to the unaffected part of the original cornea with very fine sutures. This surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia. The whole procedure for one eye can take up to 90 minutes. Recovery from a corneal transplant can take up to a year or more. Rehabilitation usually involves spectacles and/or contact lenses, with on-going aftercare for many months following the operation.

Since the advent of Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL), the number of corneal transplantations performed due to Keratoconus has decreased significantly as so many more people are receiving Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL).


While many individuals benefit from laser eye surgery, it’s not suitable for everyone. Those who may not be candidates include:

  • Individuals under 18 years of age.
  • People with unstable prescriptions.
  • Those with certain eye diseases like glaucoma or keratoconus.
  • Individuals with severe dry eye syndrome.
  • Pregnant or nursing women.
  • Those with thin or irregular corneas.
  • People with autoimmune disorders affecting the eyes.
  • Individuals with certain medical conditions such as diabetes or immune disorders.
  • Those taking medications that affect wound healing or immune response.

Determining your suitability for laser eye treatment requires a comprehensive assessment by an experienced eye care professional. Factors considered include:

  • Age (usually over 18 years)..
  • Prescription stability.
  • Eye health and any pre-existing conditions.
  • Corneal thickness and shape.
  • Overall health and medical history.

Consulting with an eye care specialist, such as those at Accuvision Eye Clinic, will provide you with personalised insights into your eligibility.

Yes, 1.25 diopters can often be treated with Laser Eye Surgery. However, the eligibility for Laser Eye Surgery depends on several factors beyond just the diopter measurement. The suitability for the procedure is determined through a comprehensive eye examination and evaluation by an experienced eye surgeon.

While 1.25 diopters may be within the treatable range, other factors such as corneal thickness, eye health, and the stability of your prescription are also considered. Our goal is to ensure that you achieve the best possible visual outcome with Laser Eye Surgery.

If you have questions about your specific prescription or are wondering if you are a suitable candidate for Laser Eye Surgery with 1.25 diopters, we encourage you to reach out to AccuVision for a consultation. Our experienced team will provide you with the guidance and information you need to make an informed decision about your eye care. Your vision and visual comfort are our top priorities.

Laser eye surgery is suitable for a wide range of vision conditions, including myopia (short sightedness), hyperopia (long sightedness), presbyopia (age-related long sightedness) and astigmatism. 

Your eligibility will be assessed during a consultation, where we will consider factors like your prescription strength, corneal thickness, and overall eye health. Our expert team of ophthalmologists and optometrists will guide you through the best treatment for your unique needs.

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