Laser eye surgery 'has many benefits'

22 December 2011

Ophthalmology laser eye surgery can have many benefits to improving the quality of a person's life.

This is according to Professor Harminder Dua, president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, who suggested that having laser eye surgery can significantly boost an individual's confidence and independence.

She said: "It gives a huge increase in confidence levels and the ability to see things without the aid of glasses, particularly if you are a sportsman or you want to go swimming, those kinds of activities."

Prof Dua also added that although the procedure seems relatively simple, there is a high risk margin as the surgeon is dealing with eye tissue that is millimetres thick. There is the potential for things to go wrong, but the chances of human error are relatively low as it is the technology that does most of the work.

According to, a guide to the benefits of the surgery, 95 per cent of patients will have 20/40 or better vision after laser eye surgery, which is good enough to pass the driving licence vision test without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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