The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye which focusses light onto the retina so we can see. Many people are either short sighted or long sighted which actually means that the eyeball is a bit bigger or smaller than average, and, therefore, the cornea focuses light either slightly in front or behind the retina which results in blurred vision. 

Femtosecond LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is the most commonly performed and well known vision correction surgery.  Using an excimer laser, the surgeon re-shapes the cornea (the stationary refractive element at the front of the eye) so that images are focused to the correct spot on the retina (the light receptor of the eye).  The success rate with this procedure is excellent, with most patients achieving 20/20 vision or better upon completion.

The LASIK procedure itself involves little or no discomfort (or pain) both during the procedure and through the recovery process.  Also, eyesight improvement is almost immediate, and maximum vision is typically achieved within a few days.

Reasons to consider LASIK:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia).
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia).
  • Astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea).
  • Desire to decrease or eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts.

The Procedure

During the procedure, the doctor first administers a local anesthetic via eye drops, so the patient will feel no pain during the surgery.  A speculum is then placed over the eye to prevent the patient from blinking.  Next, the surgeon creates an extremely thin flap from the outer layer of the cornea, using a Femtosecond laser (rather than the traditional older method using a blade).  The flap is folded to the side, and the excimer laser, programmed with the individual map of the patient’s eye, removes excess tissue with quick pulses of concentrated light.  This process usually takes less than a minute.  Once this is done, the doctor folds the flap back into place and surgery is complete.

The Recovery

The patient may go home shortly after the procedure; however, someone else must drive or alternate transportation must be arranged.  Patients will be asked to get lots of rest, avoid any strenuous activities, and avoid rubbing the eye area for a period of time.  There are follow up appointments with the doctor a few days after the procedure and periodically over the following weeks and months.  Vision should dramatically improve in the first few days following surgery.  The patient often may return to work in a day or two, though it is best to take a few days off to ensure a smooth recovery.

What sets us apart from the high street?

1) Surgeon-delivered care

In the UK, most laser eye surgery is delivered via a few large high street chains. As a result, you usually see an optician at your pre operative consultation rather than the surgeon who will treat you, and your follow up appointments are often with different opticians. In contrast, you will have a detailed assessment at your first consultation with the surgeon that will treat you, and any post-treatment consultations will also be with your surgeon.

2) Highly trained

James is a highly trained corneal transplant surgeon, indeed being responsible for managing corneal disease and transplantation in the NHS for over 1 million patients in South Essex. He has a research interest in the surgical management of corneal conditions and has extensively published research on the subject. He trains other surgeons around Europe in the latest surgical techniques via the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS). As a result, he is only interested in choosing the safest and most effective treatment for your eye, based on an in-depth assessment of each individuals corneal biomechanics and visual requirements. 

3) Local-treatment

Although initial consultations on the high street may be local, the treatment itself is often performed in another city, where the laser and surgeon are based. We are the only hospital locally that has both the equipment and expertise to perform both consultations and treatment under one roof. 

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  • Westcliff on Sea
  • 15-17 Fairfax Drive
  • Westcliff on Sea, Essex
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