Laser eye surgery Q&A

Sanjay Mantry Mr Sanjay Mantry, one of our top Consultants Ophthalmologists at BMI Ross Hall Hospital, offers his insights about the two types of laser-assisted eye surgery, along with their benefits, risks and along with his own recommendations. 

Mr Mantry is also part of Eye Care Scotland, the new eye care centre at BMI Ross Hall Hospital.

Mr Sanjay Mantry
LASIK gives fast visual recovery with little discomfort: for these reasons it is the commonest choice for many people. It involves creation of a precise LASIK flap. There are some refractive errors where LASIK is the only choice.

Mr Sanjay Mantry
The eye acts like a camera focusing light through the cornea and lens, onto the retina. If the shape and power of the cornea or lens do not match the length of the eye, then the light will focus either in front or behind the retina, meaning the image will be out of focus.

This is termed refractive error and glasses or contact lenses are traditionally used to correct this blur.

Mr Sanjay Mantry
Laser eye surgery is an operation, which aims to reduce dependence on glasses or contact lenses by correcting vision using an excimer laser.

During the ten minute surgery the laser reshapes the cornea of the eye in a predetermined manner to improve unaided vision. The two most common types of laser eye surgery are LASIK and LASEK, although there are several other types of refractive surgery that can improve your vision when laser surgery is not the most appropriate option.

Mr Sanjay Mantry
Laser is suitable for people over 21 years old with stable myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism. It is mainly recommended for people interested in spectacle independence and or who are contact lens intolerant.

Mr Sanjay Mantry
Excimer laser is an established treatment for myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism. Spectacle independence is the main benefit. Like any other operation there are risks involved.

The risks will be discussed comprehensively with the team along with surgeon prior to surgery and then a consent form provided to read through and sign.

Mr Sanjay Mantry
The laser treatment, including immediate post-treatment time, will be around two hours. We would not recommend you returning to work on the day of treatment. Many return to work two days later but this will depend on the type of treatment you have and type of work you do.

Mr Sanjay Mantry
Each aftercare appointment can take up to one hour. If you have LASIK treatment we will see you the following day. Your next aftercare appointment will be one week following treatment and will be with our specialist optometrist.

You will then be seen at intervals determined by your Consultant Ophthalmologist. If you have LASEK treatment we will see you 3-7 days following your procedure. Your next aftercare appointment will then be arranged for the following week, then at intervals determined by your Consultant Ophthalmologist.