Laser eye surgery, also known as laser vision correction, is a procedure designed to improve vision for people who have problems such as short sight, long sight, astigmatism and wavefront abnormalities. It is one of the most commonly performed elective procedures in the world today, with over 51 million procedures carried out to date worldwide.

In basic terms, laser eye surgery involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea of the eye, changing its focusing power so that sight is improved. At Optegra, we offer a number of innovative procedures, including LASIK, LASEK and SMILE laser eye surgery, so you can find a treatment that’s just right for you.

Laser eye surgery explained

Laser eye surgery typically involves the cornea of the eye being reshaped. The cornea is the transparent layer that covers the front of the eye. Different techniques are used to correct blurred vision (astigmatism), long sight (hyperopia), and short sight (myopia), which is why the consultation we conduct beforehand is of paramount importance.

Laser eye surgery is considered a safe procedure when carried out by a qualified ophthalmologist, with complications occurring in less than four per cent of cases. However, as with all surgical procedures, there are some possible risks of laser eye surgery which you do need to be aware of.


Why should you choose Optegra for laser eye surgery?

At Optegra, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation to ensure your suitability for laser eye surgery, and help you find the right laser eye treatment for your needs. Consultations are carried out by our experienced ophthalmic surgeons, who are amongst the most well-respected and renowned practitioners in their field. All of our ophthalmologists are registered and have undergone specialist training.

At Optegra, the same consultant who carries out your initial consultation will also perform your surgery and follow up with you afterwards, so you can benefit from a greater continuity of care than you’ll find at other clinics. It is this personalised service and level of quality care that sets us apart from others in the industry. You are never just ‘another pair of eyes’ to us; we treat all patients individually.

The equipment we use is amongst the latest and most advanced available, helping to ensure a safe and accurate procedure with the best possible results and a speedy recovery period. Why not take a look at our laser eye surgery reviews to see what previous patients have had to say about us?


Laser eye surgery options

At Optegra, we offer a number of innovative laser eye treatments, including:

  • LASIK  laser eye surgery

LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is the most popular and well-known type of laser eye surgery, and can be used to treat myopia (short sight), hyperopia (long sight), astigmatism, and wavefront abnormalities.

Optegra’s LASIK surgery uses the latest computer technology in a fast, painless and completely blade-free procedure that improves the eye’s focusing power, producing clearer, sharper vision. This treatment can be carried out within a mere 15 minutes, although this does differ from patient to patient. You can expect results in as little as 24 hours.

  • LASEK laser eye surgery

LASEK (laser assisted epithelial keratomileusis) is a type of laser eye surgery, often used as an alternative treatment for those who are not suitable for LASIK eye surgery. This treatment involves the fine surface layer of the cornea being loosened and folded back, instead of a flap being created and removed, as is the case with LASIK treatment. An Excimer laser is then used to reshape the surface of the cornea, thus correcting the eye’s refractive error.

LASIK is the preferred laser eye treatment by most, as visual recovery with LASEK can be slower, and bandage lenses need to be worn for up to a week. The eye can also be uncomfortable for a few days after treatment. However, not everyone is suitable for LASIK, for instance if your corneas are too thin or flat for LASIK treatment, and, therefore, LASEK eye surgery may be able to offer a great alternative.

  • SMILE  laser eye surgery (only available at Optegra Eye Hospital London)

ReLEx® SMILE is a minimally invasive, bladeless form of keyhole laser eye surgery, offering a great alternative to LASEK and LASIK treatment. SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a minimally invasive procedure, which can correct higher degrees of myopia (short sightedness). SMILE is suitable for individuals with or without astigmatism.


Lens replacement (Clarivu) is a sophisticated development of cataract surgery, the world’s most frequently performed surgical procedure.

Clarivu, the name of our lens replacement surgery, is a sophisticated development of cataract surgery, the world’s most frequently performed surgical procedure. Clarivu eye lens replacement surgery, also known as Refractive Lens Exchange, Refractive Lens Replacement or Clear Lens Surgery, is a procedure where the natural lens of the eye is permanently replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). This proven procedure has been performed thousands of times and typically takes just 20 minutes per eye.

Eye Lens Replacement Surgery Explained

Your Consultant Ophthalmic Lens Surgeon will choose a lens customised to your vision and lifestyle needs. This artificial replacement lens could provide the benefit of being able to focus on near, intermediate and far objects, as previously provided by glasses or contact lenses. It can even correct astigmatism.

Eye lens replacement surgery may be ideal if you are over 50, when laser eye surgery is less suitable to correct refractive errors.

How is Optegra’s Clarivu lens replacement surgery different from standard cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery, the eye’s cloudy natural lens is replaced typically with a monofocal lens. This usually provides good distance vision but means you will still be reliant on reading glasses after the procedure. A lens replacement operation with a multifocal lens could correct long or shortsightedness at the same time. So, you could consider cataract refractive surgery which removes your cataract and includes an eye lens replacement surgery procedure to help you eliminate or reduce your dependence on glasses.

The Optegra Clarivu lens replacement surgery package

Inside our dedicated eye hospitals, our recognised lens replacement surgery experts will assess your individual needs and deliver a precision treatment using state-of-the-art technology – helping to improve your vision, so you can live a fuller life.

Our commitment to helping you see more extends to our pricing. Whatever your prescription, our prices are fixed and include the following:

  • All diagnostic eye assessments
  • An advanced technology artificial intraocular lens (IOL) specially selected to suit you by your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
  • The procedure and post-operative care undertaken in an Optegra eye hospital
  • All aftercare related to the procedure, including any further top up laser surgery required to achieve your required visual goals