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What is Laser Eye Surgery ?

With over 40 million people treated worldwide, laser eye surgery is now one of the most commonly performed eye procedures. It involves using laser technology to reshape the natural curve of the eye’s cornea, leading to clearer and sharper vision. The procedure itself may take less than ten minutes, but the results can be life changing.

The two commonest forms of Laser treatment offered are LASIK (Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and LASEK (laser-assisted sub-epithelial

keratectomy). Both of these procedures are safe and effective, although LASIK has evolved to become the more common treatment globally.

Laser eye surgery’s popularity is largely due to the fact that it is a very safe and convenient alternative to contact lenses or glasses. Imagine never having to reach for your glasses, or put contact lenses in, ever again. Our experienced team will provide you the guidance and support you need at every stage of the process, and make sure you know what to expect before, during and after your treatment.

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Frequently asked questions

What happens at my initial assessment?

Your journey at Lumivision begins when you attend your initial assessment. Our Consultant Ophthalmologist Mr Jain will meet with you and spend the next hour thoroughly examining and testing your eyes. You will find out if you are a suitable candidate for laser vision correction andwhat treatment will be best for your eyes. As part of this assessment he will perform a Wavescan, Pentacam topography, Refraction assessment, Slit Lamp Exam & Fundus examination.

Am I suitable for Laser Eye Surgery?

There are a number of factors that may make you unsuitable for laser vision correction. These include prescriptions stronger than -10 or +5. Having another serious eye condition such as Glaucoma can also rule you out. For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is necessary to wait until after finishing. You also need to be over the age of 18. Apart from these factors your individual corneal measurements may also exclude you from surgery hence why a thorough consultation is vital to ensure the correct decision is taken. If you are unsure just give us a call and we can get our surgeon to have a quick chat with you on the phone!

How is it done?

LASIK is performed under drops anesthesia in an outpatient surgical suite using a small eyelid holder to keep the eyelids open. A suction ring is applied and a laser flap created for the laser treatment. Drops are then instilled and the recovery then takes place over a number of days. LASEK is performed using an ethanol solution to remove the surface layer of the cornea (epithelium) and the laser directly applied to the surface of the cornea. A bandage contact lens is then applied for comfort in the first postoperative days.

Will my eyes look different?

No, there is no permanent change in the appearance of your eyes. The day after LASIK surgery your eyes should be white and clear. The healing process can take 4-5 days with LASEK and during this time the eye may appear slightly red.

Why do I need to see a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon rather than an Optician?

Meeting with your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon allows him the proper time to review your assessment file and determine the specific treatment most suitable for your eyes. This is laid down in the guidelines from the Royal College of Ophthalmology in the UK, which Lumivision adheres to. It also allows you to ask any detailed questions regarding your treatment and your surgeon will give approval for your laser treatment.

Can both eyes be treated on the same day?

Yes due to advancements in treatments both eyes are treated in the same session unless you prefer not to.

Are there any complications or side effects?

LASIK and LASEK like any surgery have risks and complications that should be carefully considered. Occasionally, there can be under correction and overcorrection. Most complications can be treated without any loss of vision. Permanent vision loss is almost unheard of. Your surgeon can advise you more during your in depth consultation

Are there any activities I need to avoid after Laser eye surgery?

In the short term you should avoid rubbing your eyes, keeping soap and shampoo away, not swimming and avoid contact sports for one month.

When can I apply eye makeup?

We would advise waiting at least two weeks.

How long does the surgery take?

Both LASIK and LASEK are performed as an outpatient procedure, normally taking less than half an hour, although the whole process may take up to 1-2 hours in the clinic.

When will I need to be followed up?

As a minimum you will need to be seen the morning after the surgery, 5-7 days after surgery, and 4-6 weeks after. After that if you wish you can book in for 3 month and 6 month appointments too, everything is included in the cost of surgery.



LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is the most frequently performed laser procedure in the world. Your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon prepares your eye for laser treatment by creating a small flap on the surface of the cornea (front surface of the eye). The laser is then applied to the underlying surface to reshape your cornea and correct for your prescription. Your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon then places the flap back down and your eye begins to heal.


The key benefits of the LASIK procedure are a rapid recovery time, usually within 48 hours and little or no post operative discomfort. However the flap created in LASIK is a structural change in the cornea and hence LASIK may not be suitable for everyone particularly those who are involved in contact sports or other scenarios where trauma to the eye is a significant future risk.


LASEK corrects your vision the same way Lasik does, by reshaping the cornea with an Excimer laser. With LASEK, a portion of the eye surface called the epithelium is softened using an Ethanol solution and gently moved aside. The laser is then applied to the underlying surface to reshape your cornea and correct your prescription. The epithelium is then put back in place gently. A special contact lens is put in place over your cornea for a period of five days to provide comfort and protection to the surface as it heals.


LASEK has the advantage that the structural integrity of the cornea is not changed as there is no permanent flap, however the recovery period is longer than LASIK and the eye may be sore for the first 24-48 hours.


Uses a wavefront analyzer to measure the way light travels through your eye. The wavefront analyzer creates a customized 3-D map of your eye that looks at your entire optical system. This map provides information about the unique visual characteristics of your eye which adds an additional level of data about your vision, enabling surgeon to further customize your vision correction. Not all patients are suitable for Wavefront treatment particularly those whose pupils are small . Your suitability for this procedure will be assessed at your consultation.

Several types of visual imperfections, referred to as lower- and higher-order aberrations, exist within the eye and may affect your vision (the amount of these aberrations vary from person to person). Previously, only lower-order aberrations (such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) could be measured and treated. Higher-order aberrations may also have a significant impact on vision and have been linked to glare and halos. Now Custom LASIK may help to further customize your treatment of these higher-order aberrations that, in the past, could not be adequately treated with glasses, contacts or conventional LASIK treatments. Your surgeon will recommend the best procedure for you based on your wave scan aberrations measurements.

Cost £895 per eye

Premier Laser Eye Surgery (Lasik/Lasek)

Achieve freedom from glasses and contact lenses

Cost £1,095 per eye

Wavefront Laser Eye Surgery (Lasik/Lasek)

Customvue wavefront help reduce higher order aberrations that can result in glare and haloes particularly in the dark.

Cost £1,095 per eye

Blended/Monovision Lasik

For patients who need distance and reading vision correction

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Our cutting edge Laser Technology

  • At Lumivision we have access to the VISX™ Star S4 Smooth Scan Laser which has a variety of features to enable the best results.

  • The infrared eye tracking system follows the eye in all three dimensions.

  • The variable spot scanning with its seven variable sized beams allows for faster, smoother and more precise treatment.

  • The Blend zone feature enables a larger treatment area and is available for those with larger pupil, to minimize night time glare.

  • The iris registration helps in accurate axis alignment which may occur from sitting to supine position and this is crucial for patients with astigmatism.

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We offer a clear pricing strategy with no variations based on prescription. You will see that our prices are more affordable than our competitors. We achieve this by minimizing unnecessary expenditure on marketing. Most of our customers hear of us by word of mouth.

Your pre-operative consultation will determine your suitability for laser eye surgery and the various options available to you. This consultation is free of charge. You are only required to make a payment when you come for your surgery. All post-operative checks are also free of charge. There are no hidden costs throughout the process.