Laser eye surgery is the variety of surgical procedures that involve an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) using a laser to reshape the front surface of the eye (cornea) to correct a refractive error.
Laser eye surgery has a long and successful track record
Scientists developed the excimer laser in the early 1970s and modified it for ophthalmic (eye surgery) use in the early 1980s. Since medical device companies introduced the excimer laser into commercial use, eye surgeons have performed over 40 million procedures worldwide.
Laser eye surgery is a safe and effective treatment
Studies, governmental bodies like NICE, and millions of happy patients have demonstrated that laser eye surgery is both safe and effective. The aim of laser eye surgery is to reduce your dependency on spectacles and/or contact lenses.
There are different types of laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery is a fast moving field with new developments arising frequently. Over the past few decades we’ve seen laser eye surgery move through three generations.
Laser eye surgery stages of development
- 1st generation
- 2nd generation
- Femtosecond laser eye surgery (also known as all-laser LASIK and by trade names such as VisuMax ™ or IntraLase ™)
- 3rd generation
- ReLEx SMILE ™ laser eye surgery (also known as keyhole laser eye surgery)
Now, laser eye surgery can correct the need for reading glasses
Laser eye surgery to correct presbyopia (ageing eyes) has been commercially available in the UK since 2004. Since then, laser eye surgeons have successfully treated thousands of patients with a technique called laser blended vision. The German medical device company, Zeiss, has commercialised this technique as PRESBYOND ™.
The Custom Vision Clinic and laser eye surgery
James Ball has been at the forefront of laser eye surgery over the last decade. He was one of the first laser eye surgeons to use the femtosecond laser (at St. James’ Laser Vision) north of London.
He was the first laser eye surgeon to offer both ReLEx SMILE ™ and PRESBYOND ™ laser blended vision in Yorkshire.
Now he and our other laser eye surgeon, Jack Gormley, are offering these treatments with the very latest laser technology at our clinic near Leeds and York.
Laser eye surgery treats refractive errors. Refractive errors are abnormalities in the anatomy of the eye that results in what we call