FAQ's

How successful is laser eye treatment at AccuVision UK?

Our 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 after Accuwave™ 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.

How much does laser eye surgery cost at AccuVision UK?

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' (when appropriate) at no extra cost. This means that we can recommend to you the very best laser eye surgery treatment for your condition from our extensive range of eye surgery treatment options.

Our eye surgery treatment plans extend to -14.00 and above +6.00 and are very competitive compared with all other clinics. We will always consider price matching if necessary.

Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?

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.

Do the results from laser eye surgery last?

The effects of laser treatment are permanent, but your eyes may change over time. That's why we recommend having the procedure after major eye changes have occurred in your life.

Your surgeon can review the changes you have had and help you decide whether or not to undergo treatment.

What happens when I get older?

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 most of us will require reading glasses for presbyopia when we reach this age. There are treatments available from AccuVision which can help to relieve this condition such as Monovision and CK (Conductive Keratoplasty).

If my vision changes later in life, can I repeat the laser eye surgery?

In most cases, an enhancement may be a solution to vision changes that occur later in life. Our specialists will examine your eyes and determine whether this can be performed.

Are there long-term side effects to laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery has been performed for more than 20 years and no complications have been documented that have not been encountered in the first year or so of follow-up. 'Minor complications' such as haziness, delayed healing and night-time glare have been reported, although these are very rare and in almost all cases can be treated.

How long before I can see well after laser eye surgery?

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.

Can both eyes be corrected at the same time?

Because of increased safety and predictability we are happy to treat both eyes at the same time.

Will I require multiple laser eye surgery treatments?

In over 94% 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).

Do I need to bring anyone with me to the free consultation?

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.

What do I need to do, if anything, before the free consultation?

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.

We would ask that you do not wear contact lenses on the day of your laser eye surgery consultation as they may affect the readings we obtain relating to your eyes. 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.

If I have been told that I am unsuitable for laser eye surgery by another clinic, should I still come for a free consultation at AccuVision?

Different clinics have different criteria for treating patients. The AccuVision team are experts at treating people who have been rejected by other clinics because we have the knowledge, the technology and the expertise in our surgeons to treat more complex conditions. We safely treat many patients every week who have been turned down for vision correction by other clinics.

If I am found to be unsuitable for laser eye surgery do I have other options available?

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.

Does every patient get Wavefront at AccuVision?

Every patient is assessed thoroughly during their consultation. If it is appropriate to include a wavefront-guided component in our treatment plan to correct your visual system to its optimum level we will certainly do so. If it is found not to be required it will be omitted.

Owing to the equipment we use and the considerable experience of our consultant surgeons all our treatments are 'ultra thin flap' resulting in a safer treatment, improved recovery times and clearer vision.

What is 'all laser' eye surgery?

In certain circumstances we recommend our 'all laser' treatment plan, Trans-Epithelial Surface Treatment. This 'non-blade' surgery uses the laser to first create a very smooth and uniform surface on the cornea in preparation for the corrective laser treatment to take place.

Intralase™ is a procedure that involves 2 lasers to perform a LASIK treatment. A Femtosecond laser is used to 'cut' the flap which can take up to 2 minutes to complete. The patient is then moved to a second laser where the corrective treatment is undertaken in the normal way.

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

What are the advantages of using a microkeratome over a Femtosecond laser?

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.

Why do we hear so much about laser created flaps?

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.