Laser Eye Surgery
We offer two types of Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK and LASEK. Both options come with our Lifetime Aftercare Guarantee and have the same fixed treatment price. We use Wavefront technology as standard, as we believe all our patients should receive the best treatment available, without compromise.
Depending on the treatment deemed suitable, a thin layer is gently lifted away from the surface of the eye so the laser can access the layer below and correct the prescription with pinpoint accuracy.
The layer is carefully set back in place, and sometimes protected with a clear bandage contact lens for 3-5 days while the eye naturally heals. All this is carried out using bladeless laser technology to eliminate potential complications and improve the results for every patient we treat.
Lifetime Aftercare Guarantee
Our Lifetime Aftercare consists of any necessary and available care or treatment at Optimax, as recommended by an Optimax surgeon/optometrist, following your initial procedure.
We want to ensure that you are satisfied with the results of your procedure and with your overall Optimax experience.Find out more
Transparent prices, no hidden costs.
We don't vary our prices according to prescription. Our laser treatments costs for short sight, long sight and astigmatism are fixed.Find out more
Are You Suitable?
Check your Laser Eye Surgery suitability.
Answer a few simple questions about your prescription and lifestyle to find out if you are suitable for Laser Eye Surgery.Find out more
Your Results Forecast
We don't have a crystal ball, however...
By comparing previous patient data to your current prescription, we can give you an extremely accurate results forecast.Find out more
Laser Eye Surgeons
Meet Optimax’s Laser Eye Surgery team.
Our surgeons are qualified medical practitioners with a special interest, and decades of experience, in refractive surgery.Find out more
We’re with you every step of the way.
Follow the patient journey, from the initial consultation through to treatment day. Achieve the vision you deserve!Find out more
Laser Eye Surgery FAQs
Have you got an important question?
Chances are it’s been asked before, so check our FAQs for answers to the essential things you need to know.Find out more
We offer two types of Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK and LASEK. The same lasers are used for each procedure and both produce outstanding results. Our optometrists and surgeons will recommend the best treatment option for you. They will consider your lifestyle and prescription to recommend your most suited procedure.
LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery is minimally invasive and requires two lasers to complete the procedure. The first laser (the IntraLase laser) creates a flap in the cornea (the front surface of the eye) which is then lifted before the second laser is applied to the middle corneal layer. The application of the second laser is what corrects your prescription. The surgeon then gently replaces the corneal layer which was previously lifted and the procedure is complete.
LASEK treatment involves just one laser and is the recommended treatment for people with thinner corneas. The epithelium, the transparent layer on the eye’s surface, is softened using a dilute alcohol solution, and is then gently pushed to the side. This exposes the middle corneal layer which can then be lasered to correct your prescription. The bladeless technology allows for a quicker healing process than earlier forms of laser eye surgery.
Wavefront offers customised analysis and treatment. A unique map is obtained of each eye and together with other tests we tailor the treatment accordingly. Wavefront analysis is performed as part of your consultation and is included in your treatment cost. At Optimax Wavefront and IntraLase treatment are combined which creates the Gold Standard for Laser Eye Surgery.
Laser Eye Surgery for Short Sight (Myopia)
Short sight develops through the teens, affecting 25% of the population. If you are short-sighted, the focusing power of your eye is too strong. Objects at a distance appear blurred and close-up vision is clear. Laser eye surgery reduces the focusing power of the eye by flattening the cornea. Images are then brought into focus. Surgery for Myopia is simple and effective.
Example of a short sight prescription:
Please note: the dash or minus sign in the sphere (SPH)
Laser Eye Surgery for Long Sight (Hyperopia)
If you are long-sighted, the focusing power of your eyes are too weak. You are able to view objects far away more comfortably than close up (less than 2 m, or six feet). Our new Schwind lasers have proved to be excellent at treating high levels of long sight, far beyond most other lasers in the market.
Example of a long sight prescription:
Please note: the plus (+) sign for the sphere (SPH)
Laser Eye Surgery for Astigmatism
Astigmatism occurs when the eye's shape is irregular, like a rugby ball and can be corrected by laser eye surgery.
This condition allows only partial focus on an image, while blurring occurs at all distances. For instance, astigmatism can cause some wheel spokes to appear clearer than others. Astigmatism is shown on your prescription in the box marked CYL and is measured by the strength of a cylindrical lens required for your clearest vision.
AXIS shows the angle at which astigmatism lies across the eye (the spokes which are most blurred). Laser surgery for astigmatism is very effective and is given in the same sitting as your prescription correction and is included in our charges (unlike some companies who charge extra for astigmatism).
Example of an astigmatic prescription:
Please note: CYL can be measured as plus (+) or minus (-)
Reading Glasses (Presbyopia)
Presbyopia is the age-related need for reading glasses which comes to us all. There are several options to treat the need for reading glasses which will be discussed on your consultation. Youthful vision can be restored by the following methods:
If you are not suitable for Laser Eye Surgery, you may well be suitable for Lens Surgery instead.
Monovision is where one eye is corrected for near vision and the other for far distances. Many people already enjoy Monovision by wearing an underpowered contact lens in one eye. This can be reproduced by laser surgery.
PresbyMAX, multifocal laser surgery
PresbyMAX works on a similar principle to multifocal lenses, by reshaping the eye’s surface into precise focal points. This provides good vision at all distances, whether the object is near, far, or in between. The technique can also treat visual defects during the procedure.
Laser Eye Surgery Chart
Optimax offers a two types of laser eye procedures to best suit your needs and personal preferences. The prescription and treatment table below offers an approximate guide:
|Treatment||Prescription||Procedure||Recovery||Results||Avg Discharge Period|
|LASEK Wavefront||Sphere: -0.5 to -6 Cylinder:+0.5 to +4||Surfaced-based||3-5 days some discomfort pain||1-4 wks||3 months|
|Femtosecond LASIK Wavefront||Sphere: -0.5 to -12.00 +1 to +4 Cylinder: upto -6.00||Surgical Painfree||1-2 days minimum discomfort||1-2 days||3 months|
Lasers treat the need for distance vision only. If you wear glasses for both distance and close vision, the distant vision can be treated but you will still need glasses for close vision. The continuing need for reading glasses is not due to long or short sight, but the stiffening of the eye muscles that usually occurs after middle age. As with all normal-sighted people, patients will still need reading glasses from about 45 years of age unless monovision or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is chosen.
Laser Eye Surgery - Laser Comparison
All laser technology used at UK clinics provides high-quality outcomes.
Laser used at top UK laser clinics include:
Optimax has Schwind laser technology at a number of UK clinics. The Schwind laser system represents a refinement of the laser technique, offering exceptional levels of safety and precision - meaning Optimax can provide unprecedented levels of surgical excellence.
All laser manufacturers:
- Use World Class technology
- Produce lasers providing high-quality outcomes
- Are involved in ongoing research to bring safer, more accurate lasers to market
More details about commonly used lasers are available at allaboutvision.com, an independent source of impartial information about vision and eye care.
Important facts to consider:
- Skill and experience of the surgeon operating the laser is the most important factor.
- Wavefront technology is the most important advancement in Laser Eye Surgery. All lasers at Optimax are equipped with the latest Wavefront software.
- All Optimax surgeons are GMC registered and are Members or Fellows of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. View our surgeon profiles to check their experience and qualifications.
- Clinical studies on lasers are readily available on the internet from institutions such as the US FDA (Food & Drug Administration).
- Optimax has been at the forefront of technology since opening in 1992 and has provided over 300,000 treatments since then.