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Laser Eye Surgery For 20:20 Vision

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, if your eyes are not up to scratch it may be difficult to recognise beauty, or anything else for that matter. The corrective lens has been around since the 5th century later refined to mass use by the Victorians. The technology has been getting better, with frames being offered in a variety of materials, making it easier to withstand the daily bumps and knocks that they face.

However, the advancement of Laser Eye Surgery has meant that many thousands of people each year are able to completely cure their eye disorders and get rid of any corrective lenses they may have had. The early days of the treatment did have significantly increased risks due to the infancy of the science, however, as we have increased our understanding, the treatment is now considered extremely safe or those without any other underlying medical conditions.

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Recent surveys have concluded that on average 95% of people are happy with their laser treatment banishing the early fears that the treatment caused. However, there is still the possibility that the surgery will not be completely successful, therefore is it important to consider the risks given the delicate nature of the surgery.

The possible complications can be varied depending on each case, but commonly they can include over or under correction, which can be improved by glasses or contact lenses. Infection is always a possibility after surgery. Although laser surgery may give you 20/20 vision, it can cause objects to become fuzzy or grayish which is known as a decrease in contrast sensitivity.

If you decide you just to see if you're eligible to have laser eye surgery, most practices will offer you a free consultation, however, they may ask for a deposit fee, usually between £30 and £50. With many practitioners offering the procedure, pricing can be surprisingly inexpensive for simple and straightforward surgeries, usually starting at around £400 per eye. However, this could rise if there are other factors that need to be considered depending on your unique circumstances. Again most practitioners will include after care for up to one year after the surgery to ensure that there are no complications and provide any corrective treatments should they be necessary.

It is strongly advisable to ask for a surgeon's record to check whether there have been any complications with previous patients. If there has then you should explore them each individually in detail before coming to your own conclusion as to whether you want that particular surgeon to carry out your procedure. It is perfectly within the law that you are entitled to see a surgeon's record, therefore if they refuse, you should push further for the information or simply walk away as they may be covering a poor record.

Also check the equipment the surgeon will be using. Different equipment will mean different procedures so make sure you are fully satisfied with the equipment being used. This will usually also be reflected in the price as a higher specification equipment will usually result in higher prices between two clinics. Depending on the equipment, various types of procedure will be used; here is a breakdown of the typical cost in relation to the different procedures:

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Laser eye surgery can be a life giving event, enabling you to get rid of the shackles of glasses or contact lenses and see clearly without any help. As with any medical procedure, there are always risks involved, as well as the vastly differing costs, therefore it's vital to consider all the factors and decide based upon your own unique circumstances.

Eligibility for laser eye surgery

If you are uncertain if you can give laser eye surgery a go, your consultant should be able to help. Here are some of the guidelines they follow while deciding:

- How healthy your eyes are - glaucoma, infections, cataracts, dryness in your eyes, etc.

- You must be 21 years old or older.

- Your vision should not have had any significant changes in the last year before surgery.

- Pregnant or nursing mothers should wait till until their hormones are back to normal before undergoing a laser eye surgery.

- You can't undergo laser eye surgery if you have an autoimmune disease.

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