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Should I have vision correction surgery?

Choosing to have eye surgery, and especially refractive vision correction surgery, is an important decision. It is something you should spend time carefully considering, and you should never feel rushed or pressurised.

I am naturally risk averse with a conservative approach to surgery. I will be open and honest and tell you if I think you are not a good candidate for eye surgery. Safety is paramount and my top priority is ensuring that you don’t undergo a procedure that is either unlikely to deliver what you want or carries too high a risk. 

Every vision correction procedure carries its own specific benefits and risks, but here is an overview:

  • Benefits

    • The opportunity to live life with less dependence on glasses or contact lenses

    • Safer than wearing and looking after contact lenses (sight-threatening contact lens related infections are common)

    • Easier than wearing and looking after contact lenses

    • Less expensive in the long-term than wearing glasses or contact lenses

    • Tried and tested – millions of happy patients have been successfully treated

    • Rapid restoration of high quality vision

  • Risks, downsides and things to consider

    • Vision correction surgery is expensive in the short-term

    • There is a small risk of complications and loss of vision with any eye surgery

    • Not everyone is suitable – your eyes must be thoroughly assessed by an expert to determine what (if any) procedure would be most appropriate for you

    • Wearing glasses is usually the safest option - but this may not always be the case in high prescriptions. If you are fully dependent on glasses to be able to see, you are vulnerable to situations where you may have forgotten, lost or broken your glasses. People with high prescriptions may be functionally blind without their glasses, so surgery to correct, or at least reduce, the prescription can provide a higher level of functional safety.

Once you have decided you want to consider vision correction surgery, the best thing to do is to book an in depth,
no-obligation consultation with an expert to discuss your goals, determine your suitability and find the option that is best for your specific needs.

Click here for top tips on choosing the eye surgeon who is right for you

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