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Excimer laser eye surgery

Get your sight back. Correct astigmatism, short-sightedness and long-sightedness through excimer laser surgery.

Excimer laser surgery (photo refractive keratectomy or PRK) involves using a laser to reshape your cornea (the clear surface of the eye in front of the pupil).

The surgery is carried out by a Consultant Ophthalmologist and is designed to treat imperfect vision (refractive errors) often caused by issues with your cornea. Until recently, only myopia, short-sightedness and mild astigmatism (a curved cornea) could be treated through this form of surgery.

However, long-sightedness and more acute astigmatisms can now be routinely treated through excimer eye surgery. PRK has been available in the UK since 1991, treating more than 1,000,000 patients worldwide.

Your Consultant Ophthalmologist will advise if excimer laser surgery is suitable for you.

Excimer laser surgery is straightforward, taking approximately 30 minutes.

After the computer-controlled laser has been programmed with the exact degree of vision it needs to correct, the procedure can begin.

You will firstly be asked to lie back on a reclining chair. Your eye or eyes will then be anaesthetised with eye drops. You shouldn't experience any pain during the procedure.

After the procedure, your eye will be bandaged to protect it from infection.

Speak to your Consultant for more queries on the procedure, if needed. They will provide you with in-depth information about how they typically perform this surgery.

You should be able to go home the same day after surgery. Remember, you will not be able to drive for up one to two weeks after surgery.

You’ll be given medication to take at home, including anti-inflammatory eye drops to be taken during the week after the operation.

Depending on the exact laser technique used, your recovery time can be anything between two days and one week.

Everybody experiences their recovery slighlty differently. For further information about your recovery journey, speak to your Consultant.

You can arrange a private eyecare appointment with a leading Ophthalmologist to discuss Excimer laser eye surgery – quickly and without hassle.

They will assess your condition and advise which treatment option would work for you.

To find out more about our corneal treatment services, click here.

To arrange your appointment, call us directly on 0141 300 5009 or book an appointment online.

Specialists offering Excimer laser eye surgery

Mr Nigel F Hall

Consultant Ophthalmologist

BM (Soton) MSc FRCOphth

BMI Sarum Road Hospital

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Mr Srinivasan Subramaniam

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Dip Ophth, MS (Ophth), FRCS, Cert. LRS, FRCOphth

BMI The Park Hospital

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Mr Shivram Singh

Consultant Plastics, Cancer, Hand & Cosmetic surgeon


BMI The Priory Hospital

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Mr Sat Jalpota

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MBBS. DO (Dublin), FRCS (Edinburgh), Cert LRS (London)

BMI Three Shires Hospital

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Mr Mark Faraday George Hulbert

Medical and Surgical Eye Specialist, Consultant Ophthalmologist & Eye Surgeon


BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Sundeep Kheterpal

Consultant Ophthalmologist


BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital

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