Laser eye surgery is the name given to a group of procedures designed to correct the eye’s refractive error and reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is the most frequently performed vision correction procedure worldwide. A thin flap is created in the cornea by the Ziemer Z8 femtosecond laser. The Z8 uses a very low pulse energy allowing extremely accurate treatments with the delivery of significantly less energy to the cornea.
During LASIK the underlying corneal surface is then reshaped using the Schwind Amaris 1050RS excimer laser to eliminate any irregularities of shape, allowing light to be focused accurately on the retina at the back of the eye. The flap is then replaced, and it heals without any stitches. LASIK can treat myopia (short-sighted), hyperopia (long-sighted) and astigmatism (irregular corneal shape)
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Frequently asked questions
Will my cataract or laser procedure hurt?
No. Procedures are carried out under local or general anaesthetic and will be painless. In some instances, it is normal to feel some discomfort, grittiness or watering in the first few days following surgery, but this will settle with the prescribed postoperative drops.
Can I have both eyes treated on the same day (bilateral sequential cataract surgery)?
Both eyes are treated on the same day for laser eye surgery.
In cataract surgery, it is increasingly common to do both eyes on the same day although there may some medical reasons which make it safer to do each eye on different days. Each eye is treated as a separate operation and there is no increased risk of infection or complications. There is evidence to suggest there is improved and faster neuroadaptation following bilateral surgery.
Can I see anything during the cataract or laser procedure?
In cataract surgery, your vision becomes blurred at the start of the operation. It is normal to see bright, colourful lights during the procedure, but you are unable to see any of the operation.
In laser eye surgery, vision may go very blurred and dark during the femtosecond laser. During the excimer laser, there is a light to fixate on and it is possible to see bright flickering lights as the laser carries out the treatment.
When can I drive?
It may be possible to drive 24hours after laser eye surgery and 24-48hrs after cataract or refractive lens surgery but please ask the team if you are uncertain or have any questions.
When can I resume sports?
It is usually possible to resume non-contact sports within a few days to weeks following laser, cataract or refractive lens surgery. It is best to wait for 3-4 weeks before resuming swimming. It is best to be guided by your surgeon who will tailor advice to your specific circumstances.
How do I know which surgeon or clinic to choose for my surgery?
There are many ophthalmic clinics / laser eye surgery clinics in the UK, so it is important to do your research and find a surgeon and team that are experienced and that you trust. It may be worth considering the following points:
- Has the surgeon held a substantive consultant NHS post in the past? This is important and gives you the reassurance they have been trained to a high standard and undergone rigorous examinations and selection processes.
- Has the surgeon undertaken subspecialty training or fellowships?
- Can the surgeon explain the specific risks and complications with regards to your situation?
- Are they professional / do you trust their examination and explanation?
What our patients say...
It is now two days after my second cataract procedure and I am truly amazed to see clearly again. After the first operation, which was carried out carefully and efficiently, I was delighted, however, after the second operation, I feel that a lifetime of wearing glasses is likely to become a distant memory. I have to admit to being apprehensive about the procedure. Mr Maycock understood that taking time to summarise the procedure and to answer questions helped dispel my concerns. I am in awe of his technical skills and very grateful to him for his interpersonal skills. Excellent in every way.
Shining light.I have just had my second cataract removed, by Mr Nick Maycock. Having the new lenses has made an enormous difference already! Nick made me feel very comfortable and answered all my questions. The procedure was quick and painless. And at the end he assured me, all had gone well. In light of my experience, I would have no hesitation in recommending Nick Maycock to anyone who is in need of eye Surgery.
Both my eyes (cataracts) were operated on by Mr. Maycock, who made me and my wife very comfortable at my consultation. He was very reassuring and explained the procedure extremely well. All throughout the procedure Mr. Maycock was explaining the process – and the result is amazing. Furthermore, as a retired Film/TV Cameraman my expectations were very high. Needless to say the result of the op has surpassed all expectations- and my eyesight is now better than ever. Mr. Maycock’s interaction is very professional and reassuring. I found the whole experience very rewarding.
Had cataract surgery on both eyes, in April and June of 2023. The results were/are amazing. The colour spectrum changed and the world is a brighter and more colourful place. My night vision improved dramatically and 30 years of wearing glasses is in the past. Excellent service and a painless procedure, efficiently carried out by Mr Maycock and the other staff at the centre. Definitely a 5 star service from all involved and highly recommended. My sincere thanks.