Laser eye surgery

Refractive surgery

A range of procedures that reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses.

What is refractive surgery?

Refractive surgery refers to a range of techniques used to correct eyesight issues such astigmatism, long and short-sightedness.

Most commonly, a laser is used to re-surface the shape of the cornea. It's considered to be highly effective with almost instant results. And it's usually painless.

Need to know

  • What happens during laser surgery? icon plus

    Your surgeon will put local anaesthetic drops into your eye and use a clip to keep your eye open. Exactly what happens during your procedure will depend on the type of technique your surgeon uses.

    If you're having LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) treatment, your surgeon will place a suction ring around your eye to flatten your cornea. They'll then ask you to keep very still and look into a flashing red or green light so they can direct the laser into your eye. The process should take about 60 seconds.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to to you and answer any questions you have. They'll also tell you how to prepare.
  • After surgery icon plus

    You should be able to go home on the day. You won't be able to drive for a week so please arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.

    Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine but you should be fine to go back to work within a week. You'll need to wear a protective cover over your treated eye(s) for a while.

    Your consultant will tell you know for how long. They'll also give you special eyedrops - use these as directed. The effects of laser eye surgery can be almost instant. However, it'll take up to a month for your eyesight to settle.

Paying for medical treatment

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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