For many people up and down the UK, dealing with imperfect vision can prove a real hindrance to their everyday lives, as they battle with their inability to focus properly on objects over long or short distances.

Those with 20:20 vision may take it for granted, but for the sizeable chunk of the population dealing with a stigmatism, glasses and/or contact lenses are often required. However, these measures are not always the ideal solution as they can get lost or broken and your prescription can change, which means another trip to the optician for further tests and adjustments.

With that in mind, more and more people are now opting to have laser eye surgery, which has become one of the most frequently performed procedures in the UK. As a result, it has also become one of the safest, with 95% of people said to be satisfied with the results. Here, we’ll tell you more about laser eye surgery, its benefits and how you can protect your eyes after the operation.

What is laser eye surgery?

The procedure is carried out to correct your prescription by reshaping or smoothing out imperfections in your cornea (the transparent part at the front of the eye that covers your iris and pupil). This is done with a bladeless laser, which sounds painful but anaesthetic drops are placed into your eyes beforehand, ensuring a painless experience.

What are the benefits?

In the vast majority of cases, laser eye surgery is permanent and will help you to achieve perfect vision, while most people come away with driving standard vision or better. By having the surgery, you eschew the need for lenses or glasses which, when you add up the cost of replacements over time, can actually prove more expensive than paying for the operation.

How to protect the health of your eyes

After having surgery, you’ll need to be careful to ensure that your eyes recover properly. It’s perhaps best not to shower until the next day while rubbing your eyes should be avoided. You should gain approval from your doctor before driving, while strenuous exercise is not recommended for a couple of days. When you do get back into the swing of physical activity, it may be prudent to wear goggles for greater protection, while you should also be sure to don sunglasses on, particularly bright days.