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David Anderson of Anderson Eye Care has been performing laser vision correction for nearly 20 years since undertaking a full refractive surgery Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2001.
He underwent excimer laser vision correction himself so understands fully how life changing the procedure can be. He has written, presented and published widely in refractive surgery and led the cataract, corneal and refractive surgery fellowship programme at University Hospital Southampton for 13 years teaching and training surgeons from the UK and across the world.
More recently David Anderson and Aris Konstantopoulos have formed Laser Vision Eye Centre and were the first to bring ReLEx SMILE® and PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision correction to the South of England partnering with Nuffield Health Wessex in 2018 to establish the first state of the art laser vision correction facility in Hampshire offering these advanced treatments.
Different laser eye surgery procedures are suitable for different purposes. We tailor each procedure to your individual circumstances and requirements and are one of only a few clinics in the UK to offer a full range of treatments including SMILE® and PRESBYOND® as well as therapeutic treatments.
The most frequently performed procedure and the benchmark in laser vision correction. Painless and fast offering rapid recovery and visual freedom.Learn more
The fastest growing laser vision procedure globally, think of it as keyhole LASIK. We were the first to offer this in the South and one of a handful of centres in the UK to provide this service.Learn more
An excellent solution to the natural age-related requirement for reading glasses. Developed exclusively by Carl Zeiss and delivered through LASIK. We are one of only a few UK centres privileged to offer this procedure.Learn more
Triple-A and aspheric-optimized design of the Mel® 90 excimer laser ensures excellent visual outcomes when the cornea may be too thin to support SMILE or LASIK.Learn more
We also commonly perform other laser eye surgery procedures including YAG PC / YAG PI and SLT.Learn more
Excimer lasers have been used to correct vision for more than 30 years and along with cataract surgery, laser eye procedures are among the most frequently performed and safest elective surgical procedures in the world.
It is estimated that more than 40,000,000 laser procedures have been performed to date with over 2,000,000 ReLEx SMILE® procedures now performed making ReLEx SMILE® the fastest growing refractive laser procedure. Laser vision correction can result in complete freedom from corrective lenses until the onset of presbyopia, the natural requirement to wear reading glasses with age.
Newer laser procedures such as PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision have now been developed to specifically address the issue of presbyopia.
Laser eye surgery is one of the safest medical procedures and complications are rare. David Anderson has been performing laser vision correction for 20 years and has a wide experience and is accredited to treat across a range of laser platforms. These are some of the most important measures we think are important in maximising safety:
Your care will be directed by David Anderson from your initial consultation to your final follow up visit and David will personally perform your laser vision correction procedure. We will provide you with clear, written instructions and explain them to you. As with all surgical procedures it is important that you follow the prescribed course of treatment.
Laser vision correction is an affordable option and over the course of optical years often less expensive than wearing contact lenses and spectacles. Our prices are £1,925 per eye for LASIK and ASA / LASEK, £2,350 per eye for ReLEx SMILE® and £2,495 per eye for PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision. Specialist and therapeutic treatments will carry additional charges.
Up to 10 months interest free credit is available and longer payment plans are also available to bring the cost down to as little as £50 per month and can be arranged through Nuffield Health.
Laser Vision Correction is not painful. A pressure feeling is typically experienced during the surgery but not pain. After LASIK or SMILE, a slight gritty sensation and sensitivity to light may be noticed only for the first 24-48 hours after the surgery. After LASEK, the gritty sensation and sensitivity to light are more pronounced and typically last 3-5 days; however, with the use of appropriate drops and oral pain relief, the gritty sensation and light sensitivity can be controlled well.
Typically you will be in the laser suite for around 25 minutes. Creating of the flap in LASIK takes less than 10 seconds, creating of the lenticule in ReLEx SMILE® takes around 25 seconds with the entire procedure for both between 5 to 10 minutes per eye.
Complications after laser eye surgery are rare but cannot be ruled out, as with all medical procedures there is always the risk of possibile of side effects. We will discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with you and provide you with the Royal College of Ophthalmology guidelines so that you can reach a fully informed choice.
Many studies have examined the safety of laser vision correction, two large studies (patient reported outcome studies with LASIK (PROWL) I and II with over 500 patients, commissioned in the United States, reported on the symptoms and satisfactions of patients with LASIK. One key strength of the studies was that on-line questionnaires were conducted in private before and after surgery so that the treating surgeon was not present and therefore could not bias or influence the answer. Concluding from these studies:
Your vision will not be compromised, and your eyes will not be damaged if you blink, cough, sneeze or generally move during Laser Vision Correction. The excimer laser tracks the movement of your eyes and stops treating when your eyes are not aligned perfectly. The femtosecond laser ‘holds’ your eye with gentle vacuum; it is thus very difficult for you to blink or move the eyes during laser treatment. Rarely, 1 in several hundred cases, if movement does occur, we may need to modify the planned treatment or complete the surgery on another day; this will not compromise the health of your eyes or your final visual result.
We offer a free screening visit including a corneal topography examination to determine whether your cornea is normal and is thick enough to support treatment. You will then need to undergo a comprehensive medical eye examination and review of your general health. The nature and degree of your refractive error and many other factors play a role and we will discuss these with you at consultation and provide you with written information so that you can reach a fully informed decision.
At each visit, a team of practitioners, such as a nurse and an optometrist, and the surgeon who performed your laser treatment will review you. In exceptional circumstances, such as illness, another surgeon of Laser Vision Eye Centre will review you.
You will typically be reviewed at 1 day, 1-2 weeks, 3 months and 12 months after your Laser Vision Correction.
Most people choose to have both eyes corrected at the same sitting so that they can benefit from the benefits of the treatment as soon as possible.
Laser vision correction causes a permanent change to the shape of the cornea but the rest of the eye, like the rest of you will continue to age so if e.g. you were to undergo LASIK or ReLEx SMILE® to correct myopia at the age of 21 years, although your distance vision would remain corrected, in your mid-forties you would start to become presbyopic and require reading spectacles at the same age you would have naturally if you had not undergone treatment.
A small group of people will experience progression of their myopia later into life and so we ask that you have a stable spectacle correction for 2 years prior to treatment. Another small group of people will show regression of the correction but not back to the starting correction, the treatment will not ‘wear off’ and this will be taken into account during treatment planning.
Laser eye surgery does not increase your risk of developing other eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataract or macular degeneration. As the laser changes the shape of the cornea, this does need to be taken into account if later in life you undergo cataract surgery so it is important to keep a record of your details prior to laser treatment although modern scanning techniques we employ in cataract surgery do not rely on prior data to make accurate calculations of intra-ocular lens power.
The Visumax laser used for ReLEx SMILE® and LASIK will hold your eye gently by applying suction to the surface. Although you cannot see or feel the laser, you will be able to see a flashing green fixation light so you have a visual target to look at and it will feel as if you are blinking naturally. The Mel® 90 excimer laser has an active eye tracker which measures the position of the eye at more than 1000 times per second whilst you are looking at the fixation light to ensure accurate placement of each laser pulse. David Anderson will be guiding you through each step and ensuring that you are reassured and comfortable throughout your procedure.
With PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision, one eye is corrected for distance and some mid-range vision and the other eye is corrected to focus at the mid and near range. If only one eye is used you won’t be able to see at all ranges but with both eyes together you will achieve a focussed vision at all ranges.
We’d like you to avoid eye make-up for 7 days following laser eye surgery, any other face make-up can be worn after 48 hours.
David Anderson is a Corneal Specialist and able to provide expert and customised treatments for a variety of conditions affecting the cornea including corneal transplant procedures. Many corneal conditions however, can be treated by laser which is less invasive than surgery and can also be used to improve the quality of vision after injury, infection or other surgeries.
Included in these treatments are phototherapeutic keratectomy, laser eye surgery following other surgical procedures and topography-driven laser eye surgery.
Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) is a surface laser procedure which can be used to precisely reshape or smooth the cornea in pathological conditions such as corneal dystrophies which are inherited metabolic conditions that affect the cornea or to treat scars caused by infections or injuries.
PTK is also an effective treatment for a condition called recurrent corneal erosion (RCE) syndrome where mild trauma to the cornea causes incomplete healing of the corneal surface or epithelium leading to patients experiencing pain or discomfort on waking and opening their eyes or being woken by pain during sleep.
David Anderson evaluated the effectiveness of this treatment in a Cochrane review of all published high quality evidence regarding treatment for RCE and published this in a book chapter entitled ‘Corneal Abrasion and Recurrent Erosion’ in Evidence based Ophthalmology.
This specialist treatment is used to reshape the cornea to a rounder or more natural shape if it has become distorted by prior surgery or conditions such as Keratoconus or injury. Detailed measurements are made of the cornea using the CRS Master shown below which are then analysed.
David Anderson will then design a custom treatment for your individual cornea and this is then applied using advanced surface ablation. These treatments may be performed in conjunction with corneal collagen cross-linkage and/or in conjunction with refractive procedures to correct spectacle error or as stand-alone treatments.
David Anderson has taught and presented the results of the outcomes of his topography guided treatments at a variety of national and international meetings including the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
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