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Refractive Laser Eye Surgery

St Paul’s Laser Vision has been conducting successful refractive laser eye surgeries in Liverpool for over 25 years. Clients trust our world-leading consultants and refractive eye surgery within an NHS environment.

Refractive laser eye surgery is an excellent solution for correcting various vision problems, providing individuals with the opportunity to reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. If you’ve been dreaming of a life with clearer vision, refractive laser eye surgery may be the answer you’ve been seeking.

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    How refractive laser eye surgery works

    Refractive laser eye surgery encompasses different procedures designed to reshape the cornea – the transparent front surface of the eye, to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. These advanced surgeries utilise state-of-the-art excimer lasers to precisely remove corneal tissue, reshaping the cornea to improve how light is focused onto the retina.

    The journey to improved vision begins with a comprehensive eye examination and consultation with one of our experienced ophthalmologists. During this assessment, your eye health, refractive error, and visual needs will be thoroughly evaluated to determine your eligibility for refractive laser eye surgery.

    Based on the evaluation, the ophthalmologist will recommend the most suitable refractive laser eye surgery procedure to address your specific refractive error. Common procedures include LASIK, PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction), and others.

    Who is suitable for refractive eye surgery?

    Suitability criteria for refractive laser eye surgery is the same as those for PRK and LASIK. Please see “Am I suitable for Laser eye surgery section” to assess your possible suitability here.

    Refractive Laser Eye Surgery

    Before your refractive laser eye surgery

    1. Welcome

    You’ll be seen by your surgeon who will review your clinical measurements, examine you and answer any additional questions that you may have.

    2. Drops

    Local anaesthetics eye drops will be instilled in the eyes to ensure they are completely numb and comfortable throughout the procedure.

    3. Treatment

    The treatment will depend on the type of laser eye surgery the surgeon has recommended. Typically, a surgical clip keeps the eye open and the laser is orientated over the treatment area. Laser treatment is then carried out on the eye that can last a few minutes depending on the type procedure. After this your surgeon may apply a contact lens for comfort.

    4. Aftercare

    You’ll be taken to a rest room to relax with your eyes closed. The consultant surgeon will examine your eye 20 to 30 minutes later.

    5. Future

    You’ll be given your post-surgery drops and instructions and a follow appointment up will be arranged for the next day.

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