Laser eye surgery is a highly advanced procedure which can improve poor vision.
It may be more advantageous to have the treatment at certain stages of life.
Always consult an eye care professional to find out what is right for you.
There are a number of different laser eye surgery procedures, all of which use lasers to remould the cornea. As the procedure is technically advanced, the results improve as the technology advances.
The NHS advises that no one under the age of 21 have corrective laser eye surgery of any type. Men can continue to develop up until the age of 25, whereas women stop growing around 21 years of age.
If your sight is deteriorating, it may be advisable to wait until your vision stabilises before having laser eye surgery. Your sight should ideally have not changed for at least two years before any type of laser eye surgery. “Stable” is defined by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists as “less than 0.5D change over the preceding 2-3 years.”
According to Optimax, 95 per cent of soft lens wearers, 85 per cent of hard lens wearers and 85 per cent of glasses wearers are suitable for laser eye surgery.
There are a number of different procedures which can be employed to treat myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism and the spectrum of prescriptions within those categories. These include LASEK (Laser epithelial keratomilieusis), Intralase LASIK Laser eye surgery(Laser in situ keratomilieusis) and PRK (Photorefractive keratectomy). Consult a professional ophthalmologist to find out which procedure is most suitable for you.
Those who suffer from extreme short or long-sightedness may not benefit from laser procedures, although other types of vision correction are widely available and most will find a procedure that can improve their vision.
It is not advisable to get laser eye surgery if you a have a condition that affects your eyes, such as glaucoma, cataracts, severe keratoconus, or herpes eye infections.
Hormones released during pregnancy and while breastfeeding cause slight fluctuations in the eye. For this reason pregnant women, or those who have recently had a child, are advised against eye treatments.
People suffering from diabetes are generally not suitable for laser eye surgery. Likewise, if you suffer from a disease which affects the immune system, such as rheumatoid arthritis, HIV or AIDS, it may affect your ability to recover from laser eye surgery. Some prescription drugs, such as some oral steroids, will also affect your suitability. You should discuss any ongoing health conditions with a GP or ophthalmologist before treatment.