Laser eye surgery is the most commonly performed elective surgery in the UK with around 100,000 each year choosing to have the treatment.
Laser eye surgery can be used to treat all types of visual problems which include long sightedness, short sightedness and astigmatism. The treatable range however is not as high for long sightedness as it is for short sightedness and astigmatism.
Up until recently laser eye surgery was not capable of correcting presbyopia, which is an age related reading problem which happens to everyone as they reach their mid forties. There are now however a number of treatments available such as blended laser vision, monovision and Kamra vision surgery and you can learn about these by reading this helpful guide.
It is estimated that about 95% of all prescriptions will be within the treatable range for laser eye surgery meaning that only a very small percentage of people will have a prescription that is too high for surgery. If your prescription is deemed too high for laser eye surgery then you will have to consider either refractive lens exchange or implantable contact lenses which have no upper limit to the prescriptions that they can correct. Both these procedures are however more expensive than laser eye surgery and this is something you will need to take into account.
Laser eye surgery is not able to correct people with a lazy eye and this is something that you will be screened for during a consultation. You can read the following guide on laser eye surgery and lazy eyes here.
In summary laser eye surgery can treat all types of prescciptions and it can even treat very high prescriptions. Only a very small percentage of people will be unsuitable for laser eye surgery and this is likely to be as a result of general health problems or previous eye diseases. You can read more about the suitability for laser eye surgery here.