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Laser Eye Alternatives

Not everyone is suitable for laser eye surgery. If you’re very long or short-sighted or if you have thin corneas, you may not be suitable to undergo treatment.

However, there are other treatment options available, which involve either inserting an artificial lens inside the eye, or replacing the existing lens of the eye with an artificial lens.

Attending a consultation carried out by an expert optometrist is the best way to determine the best treatment option for you.

If You Are Not Suitable For Laser Eye Surgery

there are other options that can still help you

Whether this is for PRK, Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), our recommended clinics will help you find the most beneficial solution for your unique needs.


PRK is similar to LASIK in the way that laser energy is used to reshape the cornea and improve refractive efforts. However, instead of creating a corneal flap, PRK works by the laser removing a thin layer of the corneal tissue in order to correct your vision. Many people who are not good candidates for LASIK prove to be eligible for PRK since there is no flap that could potentially be damaged or cause irritation.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

In the Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) procedure, the natural lens of the eye is carefully removed and replaced with an intraocular lens


This is the same type of lens that is used in cataract surgery to correct vision. Patients can choose to receive an IOL through the RLE procedure to treat severe refractive errors for permanent results, with the added benefit of not developing cataracts in the future.

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The surgeon moves the thin layer of cells over the cornea, uses a laser to reshape it, and replaces the laser for it to heal back, usually within a few days.

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Laser Eye Costs?

The price of cataract surgery varies from person to person, depending on your prescription and individual requirements. Many treatment providers now offer finance options to spread the cost and make cataract surgery an affordable option for everyone.

Can Laser Eye Surgery Save Me Money?

Laser eye surgery may not be cheap, but it can be cost-effective. This is because the costs of all those eye tests, glasses and contact lenses will add up over your lifetime. So, if you spend around £200 on glasses every three years, £150 on contact lenses (including the cleaning solution) each year, and £20 for your annual eye check up, that makes £175 a year.

Why is Your Vision Blurred?

The prescription of your eye is derived from the power of your cornea (outer clear part of your eye) and the power of the natural lens within your eye. To have 20:20 vision, these 2 components must work together to focus light perfectly on to your retina. If you are long sighted, short sighted or have astigmatism, this is not the case. During laser eye surgery, the aim of the procedure is to alter the shape (and therefore power) of your cornea, to ensure the light entering your eye is focussed perfectly on to your retina, meaning you will no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

Which conditions cannot be treated on the NHS?

Laser eye surgery is widely used to help treat refractive errors such as: Short-sightedness (myopia) Long-sightedness (hyperopia) Astigmatism, where the cornea (front surface of the eye) is not perfectly curved, causing blurred vision
However, these conditions are not available for treatment on the NHS because other successful treatments are available, such as wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Laser Eye Surgery procedure and recovery ?

The actual procedure itself typically only takes about 10 minutes to perform and this is for both eyes. Prior to the surgery you will typically see your surgeon for a quick consultation to check you are happy with everything. The surgeon will also check he/she is happy with all the measurements that have been previously taken in the laser eye surgery consultation. Once you are taken through for the treatment your eyes are anaesthetised (numbed) using eye drops. The drops sting slightly for 10-20 seconds and it really is nothing to worry about. Once your eyes have been anaesthetised your surgeon then has to access the inner layers of your cornea (outer part of your eye).

Suitability for Laser Eye Surgery

Once you have decided you would like to undertake laser eye surgery the next step is to book in for a consultation to check you are suitable. Whilst there is some variation between different clinics, the typical suitability rate is around 85%, meaning 15% of people are likely to be unsuitable for the surgery. As laser eye surgery has improved over the years the prescription range has widened, meaning fewer people are beyond the treatable range. There are however certain general health conditions and eye conditions that may mean you are not a suitable candidate for surgery.

Can I have Free Laser Eye Surgery On the NHS

it’s rare. You are only eligible for free laser eye surgery on the NHS if you suffer from a medical condition that affects your vision, and could lead to partial – or even full – loss of eyesight if left untreated. Qualifying conditions include diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and certain corneal deficits. In other words, if you can treat your vision difficulties with cheaper, non-surgical treatments such as glasses and contact lenses, you will not qualify.

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