If you are looking for a laser eye clinic in London, then the London Vision Clinic should be on your shortlist.
That may seem like a strong statement, but the London Vision Clinic emphasises that, in expert hands, laser eye surgery can be an extremely safe, life enhancing experience. More than 100,000 laser eye surgery procedures will be done in the UK this year. Read the guide to Laser Eye Surgery to help make the right choice for your eyesight.
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The checklist below was designed to help patients evaluate their choices.
Does the surgeon monitor your individual patient outcomes on an ongoing basis?
Monitoring outcomes enables a surgeon to objectively measure his or her performance against an appropriate standard. It is a sign of a surgeon who is concerned about quality. Ideally, a surgeon should be able to provide you with a results table or statistics this are specific to your prescription. This is important as results vary significantly between prescriptions, between surgeons and between technologies.
Did the surgeon undergo formal refractive surgery training and for how long?
During the 1990’s many surgeons began to do laser surgery after attending one or two weekend
courses, with or without supervision on their first few cases. In 2007, the Royal College of
Ophthalmologists introduced training and accreditation in laser eye surgery into the curriculum of trainee eye surgeons. A number of specific refractive surgery fellowships also exist. Fellowship training in refractive surgery prepares the surgeon for dealing with all the complications of refractive surgery, so that when he encounters them, he is prepared.
Will the clinic conduct all of the necessary pre-operative tests to ensure my suitability
for laser eye surgery?
The pre-operative examination is an excellent opportunity to examine the eye fully, including some of the following tests that are not routinely carried out in laser eye surgery assessments:
Corneal topography (including back surface)
Blended vision assessment (if you are presbyopic)
Very-High Frequency Ultrasound (if necessary)
Dilated eye examination
Night vision simulation
After conducting all of the necessary tests, the clinic should provide you with a clear assessment
of your suitability. If they determine that you are not suitable for treatment, they should provide you with a comprehensive explanation for this. You may want to ask if there is another provider that who may have technology or expertise to treat you safely, even if that may not be possible at their practice. (For example some lasers are much better at treating hyperopia than others; other practices will not treat patients over 40 years of age).
What aftercare regime is provided for my particular treatment plan?
The immediate aftercare will depend on the recommended treatment. Further aftercare should be provided until the one-year visit. Some surgeons offer ongoing ophthalmic care thereafter. Generally, LASIK aftercare is performed in the following way:
Will I have access to the surgeon post treatment?
This is important. You should have access to the surgeon if required. A surgeon is directly responsible for the care of patients; even he has delegated some aspects of the aftercare to his optometrist.
Get a quote for laser eye treatment
If you are looking for a quote for laser eye surgery, or want more information about treatment in your local area, you can complete the Laser Eye Surgery Enquiry Form. Your enquiry will be forwarded to a maximum of three clinics or providers of laser eye treatment who partner with the Private Healthcare UK web site.