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Laser Eye Surgery for the NHS

“The L&D’s Tertiary Corneal Service has strengthened and expanded since it was established in 2012. The service offers state of the art cornea, cataract and laser eye surgery for NHS disease indications. We are one of only a handful of units in England to offer this kind of comprehensive cornea and refractive service and have been featured widely in both local and national media for our work. Although it represents only a small amount of our NHS workload nothing prompts as much public interest as Laser Eye Surgery.”

Laser eye surgery can be used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (longsightedness), astigmatism, reading vision problems or a combination of these problems. There is now greater accuracy and stability of treatments delivered by the most high technology lasers. Patients are now more likely to suffer a sight threatening infection from contact lenses than to have a significant problem from laser eye surgery. Despite this it is still important that the surgeon has been trained to the highest level and can therefore react appropriately in the rare event of unexpected problems. The majority of laser eye surgery is carried out privately for people who no longer wish to wear glasses or contact lenses. There are certain corneal disease indications where NHS care at select tertiary centres is possible. These include: scarring conditions on the front of the cornea, unwanted refractive errors after cataract surgery and for patients who have had a corneal transplant.

“I became intolerant of contact lenses in 2011 and being unable to operate with glasses underwent laser eye surgery myself in the same year. In 2013 my wife had laser eye surgery and in 2014 my Brother underwent the procedure. In the last month of 2014 I treated four other surgeons including another eye surgeon. For appropriately selected patients in the right hands and with the right technology laser eye surgery is a wonderful operation with unparalleled safety and predictability that has a positive impact on patients’ quality of life.”

Allon Barsam MA MB BS FRCOphth
Consultant Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon