If spectacles or contact lenses are not for you, then you may be considering the option of Laser Surgery. At Davis Optometrists we enjoy becoming involved in all aspects of vision care, so although we do not actually perform the surgery, we can take care of you while you go through this process. We do screening and consultation prior to referral to our partners in Harley Street, Advance Vision Care. After treatment we then look after you for all of your post operative checks. This means that we are there when you need us, without the necessity for travel back to the Laser vision clinic. Our Optometrists have been fully trained by the clinic to enable them to provide this aftercare service for up to eighteen months post surgery. If you are interested in this as a solution to your visual defect, then read on.
Advance Vision Care & Davis Optometrists
As a practice we like the fact that all work at Advance Vision Care is performed by the same surgeon, Mr Pillai. You meet him at the assessment appointment in Harley Street, and he gives you his mobile phone number for immediate aftercare contact. You can also call your Optometrist at any time if you need them. Mr Pillai has a track record of over 15,000 successful surgeries. 99.4% of his patients no longer need glasses, 91.5% achieved 6/6 vision.
The surgery is completed on both eyes in one day, under local anaesthetic. Its not painful, and as surgery progresses you see instant improvement in your sight.
Who is Suitable for Treatment?
As with any surgical procedure, there are limits to who is suitable. With this type of surgery there are possible limitations due to your prescription and your health. Mr Pillai makes the final decision so there are always exceptions to these general guidelines.
- Your prescription must be have been stable for the past two years.
- The prescription band that can be treated is within +5.00 to -12.00.
- Your eyes must be healthy, so any conditions such as Glaucoma or Cataract must be treated. Recurrent eye disease or other abnormalities would need assessment.
- You must be mentally stable.
- Your cornea must be thick enough to allow safe treatment.
- You must have reasonable expectations from the procedure, which Mr Pillai will discuss with you.
- Your general health must be good.
Post surgery there are some possible risks to eye health. These include corneal inflammation or infection, and dry eyes. Obviously Mr Pillai does not go ahead with surgery if there is any doubt about the result.
You also need to think about what happens on the day someone needs to travel with you, and there is a short recovery period.
How the Procedure Works
There are several different methods of surgery, and Mr Pillai will decide on the right treatment for you. The basic method is the same, whichever technique is best for you. A Laser is used to reshape the cornea this is the transparent window that covers the front surface of the eyeball. This change in curvature of the cornea alters the way that light is focussed onto your retina, and corrects your former visual defect.
How Much Does It Cost?
Prices vary depending on which treatment option is right for you. Charges will be fully explained during your initial assessment consultations.
The fee does not just cover the surgery itself. Included in the price is:
- Initial assessment with suitability consultation and counselling.
- The surgery
- Post Operative checks, medication and protective contact lenses.
- Over night accommodation in a 4 star hotel.
- Aftercare checks with Davis Optometrists for up to 18 months.
- Re-treatments for up to 12 months (In the unlikely event that it is necessary)
Interest free and easy payment options are available.
So What If I Want To Go Ahead?
Firstly, you come and see your Optometrist for an initial assessment. This is free even if you do not go ahead with the procedure.
If you decide to go ahead, you go to London for assessment at the Advance Vision Care Clinic. Further check ups are made and Mr Pillai makes decisions about treatment.
You stay in the hotel overnight and have surgery the following day.
After surgery you have check ups at 1 day, 1 week, 6 weeks, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months after surgery. This aftercare is done in practice at any of Davis Optometrists branches, by your Optometrist.
Eye drops must be used for the first few weeks, and possibly a protective contact lens.
Initially you wear protective goggles at night when sleeping.
Any of our Optometrists would be happy to discuss this with you in person if you are interested in laser surgery.