How does Laser Eye Surgery work?

How does Laser Eye Surgery work?

If you think of the eye like a camera, the focusing system may not be creating a sharp, clear image on the retina at the back of the eye. This may be because you are short sighted (myopia), long sighted (hyperopia), have astigmatism (sometimes described as rugby ball shape) or presbyopia (reading glasses).

Normal Eye

Your glasses and contact lenses adjust the focus of your eyes so that a clear image is focused on your retina and can then be picked up by your brain.

Corneal refractive surgery, commonly referred to as Laser Eye Surgery, involves using a precise laser system to reshape the front, clear window of the eye (cornea). Although this change is on a microscopic scale, it enables us to change the focus of the eyes and so the images sent to the brain to process our vision.

The cornea itself is made up of a few different layers, but the curvature change done by the laser to adjust prescription happens in the deeper stroma.


How the treatment is delivered can vary, most commonly either using a flap (LASIK) or some form of surface treatment (LASEK, PRK, Trans-PRK, epi-LASIK, Trans-Epi). Some laser systems can also use ReLEx® SMILE which can be described as a “key-hole” approach.

There are a number of ways in which the nuances of the human eye can be measured. Each of these measurements can be used to drive additional customisation to the above for the best visual outcome – such as AccuWave Wavefront, Topography Guided (T-CAT) and combined Corneal Cross-linking treatments.

Each of these treatments has its advantages and disadvantages and will be better suited to some eyes than others.

Your eyes are not a commodity, so try not to think of Laser Eye Surgery as a shopping expedition. Many clinics will offer you the choice of different treatments, each at a different price. They may tell you that you can have the bronze, the silver or even the gold treatment! We talk to so many patients who are left feeling baffled with the choices that they are given. Surely with something as precious as your eyesight, only the best will do!

At your consultation we will guide you on which treatment option will be the safest and most effective for your eyes.

Laser Eye Surgery consultation
When you first enquire with AccuVision about Laser Eye Surgery, we will discuss with you some basics about your vision and requirements, and guide you to the appropriate type of consultation for your needs. You can complete a contact request here or call us on 0330 123 2020.
What to expect at your consultation.

A consultation for Laser Eye Surgery at AccuVision is the first step on your journey to better vision. At the time of booking for the appointment, you will receive details on how to prepare and what to expect.

The appointment usually requires you to invest an hour of your time in the clinic with us. Our experienced multidisciplinary clinical team including Optometrists and Ophthalmologists will help you understand your vision problems, suitability for laser surgery and details of options and expectations.

While some of the tests may be similar to ones you have had before, your diagnostic evaluation will involve in depth analysis of your vision and eyes, likely more comprehensive than any eye exam you have had before. You can read about our technology here.

  • No pressure.
  • No upsell of treatments.
  • No sales and marketing teams on commissions to book you in.
  • No marketing calls pushing you to sign up for surgery.
What happens next?

Depending on your treatment plan, you will be given information on how to prepare and book for surgery. Details on prices for your laser treatment and payment options will also be explained.

If necessary, you may be advised of the need for further appointments for additional or repeated scans, or specific non-standard tests prior to proceeding with treatment. You are also welcome to re-attend for further consultation with your treating surgeon prior to the day of surgery, with no obligation to proceed. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists recommends a 7 day cooling off period between this consultation and your planned treatment.

AccuVision has always operated a “no quibble” policy. If for any reason you decide you no longer wish to proceed, even on your scheduled day of treatment, our team will accommodate your needs and provide a full refund as per our terms.

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      • Myopic prescriptions under -3.50 dioptres only. Prescriptions with other additional conditions/variations may not be eligible and are subject to a detailed evaluation.
      • Prescriptions outside the eligible range are always competitively priced.
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      • There are no cash alternatives to this offer.
      • All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcomes through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits including ones specific to your circumstances at the time of your preoperative consultation.
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