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What you need to know about LASIK in London

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YOU WANT NORMAL VISION.

Having to wear vision correction gets in the way of your lifestyle and is burning a hole in your finances. You feel frustrated and inconvenienced by contacts or glasses and you’d very much like to be rid of them. Importantly, you don’t want to subject the safety of your eyes to a cheap deal and you don’t want to pay more than what’s fair.

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LITTLE BY LITTLE, YOUR NEAR VISION IS GETTING WORSE

You own multiple pairs of reading glasses or varifocals. While they’re a fact of ageing, you don’t feel like you should need them yet. You’d really like to get rid of them but you’re nowhere near ready for cataract surgery. If only there was a procedure as safe and effective as LASIK, but for someone like you…

Why do our patients choose LASIK?

The answer is simple – they want to escape limitations and take charge of their life

To wave goodbye to glasses

You didn’t realise just how easy life could be until you could see 20/20 without the annoyance of glasses or contact lenses.

To feel more confidence

It’s liberating to do whatever you want without dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Worries and insecurities have diminished, and your self-esteem is beaming.

 

To breeze through life

Daily routines, active pursuits and social events are a joy. You’re free to run, stretch, jump, lift, or whatever else you like to do, without the need to worry about breaking or losing your specs.

Who’s that walking into the room?

You’re the same person, but your smile and confidence say otherwise. Your glasses are no longer stealing the limelight, and everyone around can finally see the real you.

 

Feel in charge of your life

You’re able to toss your glasses and contact lenses for good, and it’s a wonderful feeling. You’re in control.

Here’s what Londoners say about vision correction at My-iClinic

We are proud to hear we make a meaningful difference in your life
abbie

Have been dreaming about laser eye surgery since I was 15. Can’t believe that my eyes can actually see right now without contacts, wow! Will recommend My-iClinic to all of my friends. Mr Bolger is the best.

Abbie Tillman
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Beautiful setup plus excellent service, reassuring expertise of surgeons, friendly staff and yet very professional. Absolutely phenomenal all round! Very pleased with everything.

Toun Ladega
priti

Brilliant experience with My-iClinic for laser eye surgery. The team are clearly experts in the area, and I felt well looked after through the entire process. Honest, friendly and professional, I thoroughly recommend My-iClinic for anyone considering laser corrective surgery.

Ms Priti Patel
lex

I had a really satisfactory experience with my-iClinic and am quite happy with the results of the surgery and the aftercare. I would like to recommend it to anyone who wants to have any kind of eye surgery with them. Absolutely brilliant.?

Lex Bhagad
beverly

I was struggling with a viral conjunctivitis. After 2 visits to Moorfields and the condition getting worse, I was recommended to My-iClinic. I felt instantly looked after, and was seen almost daily due to the severity of the virus. It has now been 4 weeks and I am well on the mend thanks to the care and patience of Mr Bolger. I also found the pricing of this practice extremely reasonable unlike most of private practice medicine.

Beverly Herman
valeriy

I’d highly recommend this clinic because of its nice, friendly and experienced team; they all are very professional in every aspect, you would get the best advise here! Also, the clinic looks very modern from the inside and you will just feel very comfortable and relaxed throughout the whole process in a place like this.

Valeriy Stepanov

LASIK explained

Here we explain what you need to know about LASIK

LASIK is a fantastic procedure for correcting vision.

Millions of people have had their vision improved by LASIK eye surgery already.

SMILE is a new iteration of laser vision correction which is less invasive, safer with the same excellent results. The SMILE laser can refocus the cornea without cutting a flap. The cornea is stronger and not vulnerable to injury, and the corneal sensory nerves remain intact.

Patients who undergo SMILE and LASIK laser correction achieve excellent vision.

There is usually a short period of dryness afterwards.

LASIK is an excellent option for some patients. We will discuss this option with you if appropriate for your case.

With LASIK, the mid-layers of your cornea are exposed by cutting a flap from the surface and folding it back.

The laser – in this case, an excimer laser – reshapes the exposed layers. We then fold the flap back into position.

This process changes the focusing power of the cornea and restores natural vision.

LASIK has many applications today. Presbyond is a modification of LASIK for people who have presbyopia.

LASIK is a safe and predictable procedure. It is undoubtedly safer than wearing soft contact lenses. It is very rare for something to go so badly wrong that the vision is damaged forever.

There is a risk of the flap dislocating later down the line as a result of trauma. If you engage in contact sports, you should avoid having LASIK. SMILE would be a better option as there is no flap.

LASIK can be an ideal treatment for people with long-sightedness.

SMILE laser vision correction, for people with short-sightedness or astigmatism, can be a safer, more comfortable and more convenient option than LASIK or PRK.

If you have a high degree of shortsightedness or longsightedness, we can place a contact lens inside your eye. This is called an intraocular contact lens (ICL) or phakic implant.

The third and final option is glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK delivers fantastic results. Almost all patients achieve normal, natural vision without glasses.

Book a free screening to see if you can be free of glasses and contact lenses

The best way to find out if laser eye treatment is right for you is to have an in-person assessment. You’ll get a clear answer from our experts on your suitability and vision correction options
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Which of these best describes you?

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“I can only see clearly when I wear my glasses or contact lenses”

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“I find that I have to use my reading glasses more and more”

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“I can’t see as well as I used to, I think there may be a problem…”

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Compare with other relevant eye conditions

Eye conditions are frequently misunderstood, so here’s a quick overview of the ones we most commonly treat

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is caused by abnormalities in the cornea and the lens.

If you have astigmatism, the front of your eye is not a perfectly round shape like a football. Instead, it is more oval like a rugby ball. This gives the front of your eye an asymmetric curvature, so light scatters as it goes into your eye. This produces a jagged and slightly distorted image. Learn more about astigmatism here.

Treatments for astigmatism

Cataracts

A cataract is the clouding of your natural eye lens.

The natural lens is just behind the pupil of your eye, and it helps to make a clear image on your retina. Usually, this lens is crystal clear.

As a cataract develops, the lens becomes increasingly milky, causing a greenish cloudiness. It may also cause a glare in bright lights and change in the focus of the eyes, needing a frequent replacement of your glasses. Eventually, the sight does not improve with a change of glasses. Find more information on cataracts here.

Treatments for cataract

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a condition that causes the pressure inside the eye to be too high. If left untreated, this excessive pressure can damage the nerve that carries the vision to the brain; in severe cases, this can lead to blindness. Learn more about glaucoma here.

Treatments for glaucoma

  • Eye drops
  • Eye surgery

Hyperopia / Long-sightedness

Long-sighted – also known as hypermetropia or hyperopia – is when you cannot see things up close. It’s exactly the opposite problem to short-sightedness. Learn more about long-sightedness here.

Treatments for long-sightedness

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is an eye condition that affects the shape of your eye. Rather than your eye growing in a sphere shape, it grows in a cone-shape causing your cornea to progressively thin and bulge.

Keratoconus can cause significant visual impairment, or it can go unnoticed, and your vision remains normal. Learn more about keratoconus here.

Treatments for keratoconus

  • Corneal cross-linking
  • Contacts
  • Eye glasses

Lazy eyes

The usual cause of having a lazy eye is when the eye is very out of focus as a child. This leads to the brain ignoring the image from that eye, and the brain doesn’t upload the software necessary to analyse the vision. Learn more about lazy eye here.

Treatment

The treatment of amblyopia or lazy eye is to patch the good eye in order to force the lazy eye to work harder.

Treatment is only effective in children under the age of seven.

Myopia / Short-sightedness

If you are short-sighted (also known as myopic) you can see things that are up close but can struggle to see things further away. This is because light entering the eye is focused in front of the retina when it should focus on the retina. It focuses too soon. Learn more about short-sightedness here.

Treatments for short-sightedness

Presbyopia

Usually, between the ages of about 45 and 55, the autofocus mechanism in our eye gradually fails. When this happens, we have to increasingly rely on glasses to read computer screens or printed matter. Learn more about presbyopia here.

Treatments for presbyopia

  • Reading glasses
  • Refractive lens exchange
  • PRESBYOND

LASIK FAQs

LASIK still has some applications today, but the advantages of SMILE mean that it is the treatment of choice for the majority of patients.

PRESBYOND is a modification of Lasik.

For more information about laser eye surgery…

Educate yourself further by reading the links below

The NHS provides an overview of laser eye surgery, including any risks that may be involved. Click here for more information.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists provides a guide on laser vision correction and has everything you need to know before a consultation. Click here for more information.

The NCBI has a great abstract on the conditions treated with laser vision correction, as well as what the treatment entails. Click here for more information.

WebMD has a handy guide on laser eye surgery. Click here for more information.

About the experts

Meet the My-iClinic founders, Mr John Bolger and Ms Bola Odufuwa. Two consultant eye surgeons who made it their life goal to make your life better.

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Bola Odufuwa

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.

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Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
FRCS DO FEBOS -CR

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.