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Laser eye surgery in Essex

Laser eye surgery at Southend Private Hospital

Alongside traditional ophthalmology treatments listed below we also offer advanced laser vision correction in partnership with Lasersight.


Q: Does it hurt?

A: Your eye is anaesthetised with drops prior to treatment so you won’t feel anything during surgery. After LASIK surgery you may experience some grittiness and watery eyes for a few hours but it is generally regarded as a pain-free procedure. With LASEK you may experience more discomfort especially in the first 24 to 48 hours.

Q: What are the risks and complications?

A: Most patients are extremely pleased with the results of their refractive surgery. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with laser correction. These will be explained by your surgeon during your initial consultation.

Q: Is it a permanent treatment?

A: Yes, but it will not prevent the onset of presbyopia - the natural ageing process of the eye (and the need for reading glasses for close work after the age of 40 - 45 years).

Q: Is there an upper or lower age limit?

A: There is no upper age limit, although sometimes alternative ophthalmic surgery may be more appropriate as you get older. You must be 21 years of age or over to have refractive surgery (once your prescription is not likely to change).

Q: How soon can I return to work after treatment?

A: Most patients are able to return to work within a couple of days.

Q: How soon can I drive after treatment?

A: We advise that you should refrain from driving until your surgeon has confirmed your vision has reached the specified driving standard and until you feel comfortable to drive. As a guide, it is usual to be able to return to driving 2 - 3 days after treatment.

Q: Is refractive surgery covered by health insurance?

Usually not, as this treatment is classed as being cosmetic. However, you should check with your insurance company.

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