Looking for laser eye surgery NHS, free of charge? The NHS unfortunately does not provide laser eye surgery for problems which can be solved with the use of glasses of contact lenses. The NHS only provides laser eye treatment for diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema and this is only because these conditions can result in blindness, therefore treatment is essential. If you do not qualify for laser eye treatment on the NHS then you will have to investigate using another provider, check laser eye surgery prices here for an idea of cost.
Laser eye surgery allows for people to forget about the hassle of carrying glasses around or changing their contact lenses and instead corrects the shape of the cornea permanently, therefore a person can see clearly without any further aid. However, glasses and contacts do help a person to see clearer , they solve many eye sight problems and because of this, the NHS views laser eye treatment as more of a cosmetic procedure, enabling people to forget about wearing glasses everywhere they go and to feel more confident in their appearance.
Laser eye surgery is predominantly used to treat short and long sightedness, but the NHS argue that glasses and contact lenses do this also, the conditions are not seen as light threatening to the person and so the NHS will not usually carry out laser eye surgery. However, there may be very few NHS clinics that will carry out laser eye surgery, but these will not usually be free of charge.
Another reason laser eye corrective surgery is not be available on the NHS is due to the debate of how safe it is. Laser surgery is usually performed in private clinics to around 100,000 people each year in Britain alone with worldwide stories of how successful it has been for many people, including celebrities such as Bradd Pitt and Courtney Cox. However the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has stated that the current evidence for the safety of laser eye treatment, such as the use of Lasik surgery, does not justify its use within the NHS.
NICE believes Lasik Eye surgery to only be an effective treatment for mild to moderate short sightedness, with studies showing on average 70% of people treated with laser eye surgery recover with 20/20 vision. However, this again can be treated with the use of glasses and therefore risking permanent damage to the eye through surgery could be detrimental.
There is also little evidence to how effective Laser Eye surgery can be for long sightedness and the long term safety of laser treatment is unknown and therefore the NHS cannot and will not carry out the procedure.
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