Laser Eye Surgery In Birmingham
LASIK & LASEK TREATMENTS
Millions of people are enjoying the benefits of laser eye surgery vision correction. View our people’s stories. And there are different types of laser eye surgery including LASIK & LASEK. Here in Birmingham, all our treatments are ALL LASER laser eye treatments with no blades. Each person’s lifestyle, eyes & vision are unique, so you need a personal, customised treatment designed especially for you to give you the best laser eye surgery results.
Laser eye surgery is best for you if you are aged between about 20 and 50. If you’re older then lens replacement is usually the best vision correction solution.
3 steps to the best laser results:
At your consultation in Birmingham, eye technicians will take thousands of measurements on the surface of & inside your eyes using high tech scanners. Each scan takes a few seconds & helps the eye surgeon to decide on a customised, personal treatment solution that’s best for you, your eyes & your lifestyle.
There are different types of laser eye surgery including LASIK and LASEK. Mark will examine your eyes, listen to your needs & lifestyle & discuss the best laser treatment plan for your eyes with you.
Mark’s been doing LASIK and LASEK in Birmingham for 20 years. He has four eye specialist postgraduate qualifications including being a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and has been invited to speak to surgeon colleagues at over 20 national & international surgeon conferences. Find more about the surgeon.
All the laser eye surgery treatments are wavefront treatments, are incredibly accurate, blade-free, involve 2 steps & take about 10 minutes to change your life.
LASIK is a blade-free treatment and uses 2 different lasers. First, a thin window is created on the surface of your cornea using a femtosecond laser which is so accurate that each pulse lasts less than a billionth of a second. The window is opened & a second, Schwind laser accurately reshapes your cornea using precision German optics. The window is closed, you can see the difference immediately & you recover the quickest with LASIK. You can usually drive by the next day.
LASEK, also known as advanced surface treatment, is also a 2 stage procedure using only the excimer laser. First, the surface epithelial layer of the cornea is loosened. Then the underlying surface is reshaped using the same Schwind vision correction excimer laser. The treatment is quick but you recover slower than with LASIK. It’s the best laser treatment for people with thin corneas and is also very good for sports and some occupations.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Eye Surgery
The laser permanently changes the shape of your cornea. Within the first few months some healing & changes can happen but the laser eye surgery doesn’t “wear off”. When you get older, the effect can seem to “wear off” because as the eye ages other changes in you ageing eye, especially in the lens, can change the overall focus of your eye. Ageing of the lens is called presbyopia & you’ll need reading glasses. But there are treatment options for this too, including multifocal intraocular lens surgery & monovision laser treatment.
Yes, Mark Wevill has had laser eye surgery himself & over 90% of eye surgeons who do refractive surgery (vision correction) have recommended it to or performed refractive surgery on their immediate family members. Refractive surgeons are five times more likely than the general public to have refractive surgery on their own eyes. Mark has recommended & done refractive surgery on fellow surgeons, optometrists, friends & family, including his sister & wife.
There is a very long list which includes Sir Elton John, Brad Pitt, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Kim Kardashian, Richard Branson, Jessica Simpson, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, and many others. Mark has also treated well known Birmingham and national personalities.
All treatment carries risks which must be carefully considered before having the treatment. The risks will be explained at your consultation, but here are some of the more common & severe risks. A severe infection can cause corneal scarring (less than 1/1000 risk). A more common, but less severe risk is an over or under response which occurs in less than 5% of treatments & occurs because we’re all different, we don’t all heal the same & another “fine-tuning” treatment may be necessary. Some people develop pain, discomfort or dryness of their eyes afterwards especially if their eyes are dry in contact lenses before treatment. This usually improves quickly with eye drops but occasionally the eye drops are necessary for a long time. And you can be sensitive to light afterwards. You are less likely to have halos and glare at night after laser eye surgery than with older lasers. A review of 97 scientific publications and 68,000 eyes concluded that advances in laser technology resulted in only 1.2% of people being dissatisfied with the results of their laser eye surgery.
Photographers and astronomers minimise blur from aberrations with special wavefront error, aberration reducing lenses to take crisp, clear photographs or see distant stars & planets more clearly. Wavefront errors or aberrations aren’t corrected by your glasses or contact lenses or older lasers & can cause some blur. Advanced, wavefront-enabled lasers can treat these aberrations.
Ensuring that the treatment is done safely & well is expensive. We have a highly skilled team & the advanced lasers we use are very accurate & cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.
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One shoe doesn’t fit us all, your eyes are unique. So we have to determine the best treatment for you personally. We can only do this with a thorough examination of your eyes & a good discussion about you, your occupation & activities. Then your surgeon will plan the treatment. The prices of vision correction treatments differ, so come for a consultation to find out if laser eye surgery is best for you & if so, which one.