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If you are considering having laser eye surgery to improve your vision, it’s important that you meticulously research the procedure first.
As with any surgery, laser eye surgery is an invasive procedure and will require a highly-skilled professional to perform it - especially when it’s something as important to your daily functioning as your vision.
Whether you’re ready to book in your procedure, or are in the early stages of finding out more, this guide will help you to understand everything from the importance of sourcing a reliable surgeon, to understanding the recovery process.
Laser eye surgery is available to most people with vision problems over the age of 18. Often, it’s required that your eye prescription has remained the same for around two years. It’s recommended that you wait until your vision is causing daily hassle, you have a high prescription for your glasses or lenses, or you are later in life.
As long as laser eye surgery is performed correctly by an expert surgeon who has had training in this field, the chance of developing complications later down the line is lower.
However, when the surgery is performed incorrectly, it can result in the following complications:
If you’re planning to go ahead with your laser eye surgery, it’s vital that you seek out a reliable and fully qualified surgeon to perform this for you. A reputable surgeon should have all of the relevant qualifications necessary to perform your procedure and should be willing to discuss these with you if you ask. They should also be able to explain the procedure to you from start to finish and answer any questions you might have beforehand.
When choosing a surgeon, it’s important to make your expectations clear and tell them exactly what you want out of the procedure. However, remember to be realistic - your surgeon should be able to give you an indication of what’s achievable and what’s not. They shouldn’t promise you anything that sounds too hard to believe, use your common sense and question something that you might think doesn’t sound quite right.
For more information on how to find the right cosmetic surgeon for you, check out our informative step-by-step guide.
If you wear contact lenses, it’s advised that you stop using these before you have your evaluation. Instead, switch back to wearing your glasses as contact lenses can alter the shape of your cornea- this will help your eyes to settle and return to their natural shape ahead of your surgery.
Not allowing your eye to return to its natural shape before your procedure can cause adverse effects, such as giving your surgeon an inaccurate measurement and result in poor planning for the surgery.
These measurements are used to determine how much tissue is removed from the cornea during surgery, and they might need to be repeated at least a week before your surgery to ensure that they haven’t changed.
You should stop wearing your contact lenses:
Most complications after the surgery are minimal and will clear up within a few months and will not typically cause damage to your sight. The most common side effects of eye surgery are:
If you have had laser eye surgery and have received issues as a result, it’s important that you seek medical help immediately in order to save and potentially restore your vision in more serious cases.
If you have suffered from trauma, an injury, or unnecessary emotional distress as a result of your surgery, you should contact an expert cosmetic surgery solicitor to discuss your situation and help you make a compensation claim, should you wish to.
If your quality of life has been negatively altered due to botched laser eye surgery, contact us today and we will assist you with making your claim. Call us on 0808 273 2705, or fill in our online contact form and one of our team will call you back at a time that’s convenient for you.