How Laser Eye Surgery Can Improve Your Vision

How Laser Eye Surgery Can Improve Your Vision

If you've spent a long time depending on your specs or contact lenses, but are getting fed up with the constant search for your glasses in the middle of the night or the constant strain on your wallet, it might be time to consider laser eye surgery.

Many of us don't care for our eyes properly and allow myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism to rule our lives.

Although glasses and contact lenses are the most common temporary fix, developments in technology mean that there is now a permanent solution to poor vision: laser eye surgery. Over the past couple of decades there have been a number of breakthroughs in this field, with both LASIK and PRK treatments getting better all the time.

Laser eye surgery offers people with poor eyesight the opportunity to improve the quality of their life, as well as their vision. Research shows that millions of people have benefitted from laser eye surgery, with Optimax carrying out over 350,000 treatments since 1991.

To help you understand how corrective surgery can improve your vision, here is a bit about how it works and the benefits it can offer. 

Types of laser eye surgery

There are two main types of surgery: PRK and LASIK. The former is the original method, which involves the outer layer of the cornea being completely removed, whereas the latter cuts a flap in the cornea, allowing access to the inner layer.

Both techniques have since been improved upon, with Intralase enhancing the LASIK procedure by using a laser, rather than a microkeratome blade, to create the flap. LASEK is the successor to PRK, as it softens the epithelial layer, allowing it to be replaced afterwards. These improvements mean that laser eye surgery now has quicker healing times and is a much safer procedure.


Glasses and contact lenses may provide a quick fix to poor vision, but they're not ideal for the long-term. They restrict everyday activities and this can be even more annoying for those that lead an active lifestyle or participate in a contact sport.

Although there is an initial outlay for the cost of laser eye surgery, payments can be spread across two years to make the cost more manageable. People with glasses and contacts will have to continually buy replacements and pay for eye tests and cleaning solution for the rest of their lives, which means surgery might actually work out cheaper in the long run. 

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