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When it comes to vision correction, laser eye surgery has become the commonest elective procedure that adults choose to have in the Western World.
With millions of procedures having already been safely carried out, this begs the question: can you get laser eye surgery through the NHS? Read on to learn more today
Laser eye surgery in general is not available through the NHS for those looking for laser eye surgery to correct short sightedness, long sightedness, or astigmatism, as these can be corrected by wearing contact lenses or glasses and hence is deemed a cosmetic procedure.
However, there are conditions or circumstances where laser eye surgery is indicated on the NHS and these generally fall into categories where there are limited alternatives.
Examples of these conditions include:
Depending on your glaucoma diagnosis, you may be offered laser treatment through the NHS. These treatments include laser trabeculoplasty, laser iridotomy, and cyclodiode laser. These lasers are different to ones used for laser vision correction and target specific areas within the eye.
At OCL Vision, we provide glaucoma laser treatment with the latest surgical and medical innovations. Learn more here.
The majority of laser eye surgery is carried out for people who no longer wish to wear glasses or contact lenses. For these indications people must seek care in the private sector, ideally with someone who holds or has held a substantive NHS Consultant Cornea position.
There is now superb accuracy, predictability and stability of treatments delivered by the latest high technology lasers. In fact, in the right hands, patients are now more likely to suffer a sight threatening infection from contact lenses than to have a significant problem from laser eye surgery. Despite this it is still extremely important that the surgeon who operates these high technology lasers has been trained to the highest level (Consultant Cornea and Refractive Surgeon) and can therefore react appropriately in the rare event of unexpected problems.
Learn more about why you should choose OCL Vision for your laser eye surgery.
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