For many people, laser surgery corrects their vision permanently, so they no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
There are a number of different types of laser surgery and your optician will be able to recommend the most suitable laser eye surgery for you.
- What happens during laser eye surgery?
Only Ophthalmologists who have had special training can perform laser eye surgery.
You will be given a local anaesthetic. The surgeon will either fold back or remove a small piece from the surface of your cornea (which is put back at the end of the operation). He or she will then use a laser to reshape your cornea.
- Are there any side effects or risks involved?
Most people take just a few days to recover from laser eye surgery. Some people experience side effects including:
- Visual disturbances, such as halos (circles of light around bright lights)
- Night vision problems
- Eye dryness
If you are considering having laser eye surgery, you should discuss all the risks and side effects with your optician and get their confirmation that laser eye surgery is the best vision correction choice for you.
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If you have laser surgery to correct your vision, you should tell your optician every time you have a check-up and vision test or eye treatment.