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Laser Eye Surgery

Corrective laser eye surgery, also known as LASIK surgery, is the process of re-shaping the eye's lens so light rays come to focus directly on the retina giving the patient clear 20/20 vision. It is an increasingly popular surgery with over 100,000 people in the UK electing to have laser eye surgery every year.

Laser eye surgery is a surgical procedure performed by a trained doctor on patients who are under an anaesthetic. The doctor starts the process by cutting away a flap on the cornea of the eye - the outer layer of the eye's lens - to reveal a deeper layer called the stroma. A laser is then used to reshape the stroma to achieve optimal vision in the eye. Laser reshaping often takes less than one-minute to complete, after which the cornea flap is replaced.

For people who no longer wish to wear glasses or contact lenses laser eye surgery is a very attractive option, allowing them to see clearly without any artificial aids. However, recent studies have revealed that laser eye surgery is not 100% infallible. Surgery failure rate can be as high as 3%, leaving up to 3,000 people in the UK each year with less than perfect vision after treatment or worse.

For more information on laser eye surgery please use the resources on our site.

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