Laser Eye Surgery at Spire Norwich Hospital

For so many of us, the gradual deterioration of our sight means we don't always recognise the hazards of poor vision or see the world through a clear lens. Not only can this be dangerous and lead to accidents, it may also reduce the clarity with which we interact with a world full of visual enjoyment and activities.

Spire Norwich Hospital now offers a full range of laser treatments and you'll be treated within a comprehensive hospital setting by a Consultant Ophthalmologist.

Spire Norwich Hospital offers a full range of laser eye treatments

Laser eye surgery at Spire Norwich Hospital

What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a fast, effective and safe way to help address problems and restrictions associated with some sight defects. Whether for professional or personal reasons, corrective treatment can enhance your enjoyment of life and recreational time.

Why choose Spire Norwich Hospital?

At Spire Norwich Hospital your treatment will be performed in the safety of a comprehensive hospital setting by a consultant ophthalmologist, using up-to-date technology. Our highly trained nursing team will ensure that your stay with us is comfortable and relaxing. Our surgeons are on the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register and our hospital complies with national healthcare guidelines.

Our service

Spire Norwich Hospital offers a range of treatments to correct myopia (short sight), hyperopia (long sight) and astigmatism. At your consultation your surgeon will discuss with you the options available, the benefits of treatment and cover any possible side-effects allowing you to make an informed decision before proceeding.

All laser LASIK

LASIK is the most commonly used laser procedure for treatment of short sight, long sight and astigmatism. This involves the creation of a flap in the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye). The flap is folded over so that laser treatment can be applied under the flap to change the shape of the cornea. The flap is subsequently replaced. Previously the only way to create the flap was to cut it using a mechanical blade. We can now use a separate femtosecond laser to create the flap in a very precise and accurate way, so no blade is necessary. This technique has been adopted worldwide in order to allow a more predictable flap creation.

Occasionally LASIK is not possible, usually due to a thinner than average cornea. In this circumstance it is usually possibly to use surface treatments that provide a very good visual result, although recovery generally takes longer.


At Spire Norwich Hospital we are a comprehensive ophthalmic practice. This means we work with you to identify the very best procedure for your eyes and lifestyle. We are able to offer CustomVue wavefront-guided custom laser treatment. Although LASIK and LASEK surgery are both very safe, some patients have a more complex profile due to their pupil size, large refractive error, considerable higher order aberrations, a need for re-treatment or concerns about their night vision. For these patients we recommend CustomVue, as it allows the surgeon to better accommodate the unique characteristics of your eyes.


Once we have confirmed your suitability for an assessment based on your spectacle prescription, the next step is to arrange an appointment with our Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mr Chris Illingworth.

Your assessment will include a full eye test. This will be followed by a further ophthalmic examination from your consultant. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions at any stage of your assessment. The aim of the assessment is to confirm your suitability for treatment and to give you as much information as possible about the treatment. This will enable you to make an informed choice and give you a realistic expectation of the outcome.

Laser eye surgery is available to all, please contact our private patient advisors on
01603 255 614 or complete the enquiry form on the top right-hand side of this page for further information.

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