Laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery is most suitable for patients who wear glasses or contact lenses for distance but who do not need to wear reading glasses yet. Laser eye surgery finely re-contours the surface of the eye to alter focusing and reduce dependence on spectacles. There are two types of procedure, and Mr Gerard Ainsworth will recommend the best option for you, tailored to your unique needs:
- LASEK – Laser surgery is performed on the surface on the eye
- LASIK – A thin flap is cut into the surface of the eye, this is then lifted so that the laser can be applied underneath
It is possible to achieve monovision with laser eye surgery, where one eye is focused for distant vision and the other for reading. This should reduce your dependence on glasses but in our experience some people can find it difficult to adjust to. We therefore recommend discussing a trial with your optician first if you are considering laser eye surgery. If possible, please bring your latest spectacle or contact lens prescription with you to your first consultation.
The laser eye surgery process
Mr Gerard Ainsworth will first see you locally to perform diagnostic tests. Laser surgery will then be performed at the LaserVision Clinic, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and all subsequent follow up will take place locally. Continuity of care with the same surgeon is guaranteed and you can be assured that you are in safe hands – Mr Ainsworth has performed over 900 laser eye procedures.
As with any surgical procedure, it is important to understand there is a small inherent risk involved. These will be discussed fully with you and may include: haziness of the cornea, infection, under-correction and over-correction. In LASIK there are potential risks to the cut corneal flap including inflammation, infection and dislodgment of the flap.