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What is LASIK and PRK?

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Everything you need to know about LASIK and PRK

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LASIK

LASIK is the most popular and well-known type of laser eye surgery. It can be used to treat short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.

PRK

PRK is one of the original forms of laser eye surgery. It is the predecessor of LASIK and LASEK and has successfully transformed the vision of millions of people since the 1980s.

PRK corrects astigmatism, myopia (short-sightedness) and hyperopia (far-sightedness), and is best suited for patients who have chronically dry eyes or thin corneas.

LASIK

LASIK is a quick and pain-free procedure that corrects your refractive error, so you no longer need glasses.

This treatment can be carried out produce clearer, sharper vision in just 15 minutes.

The procedure involves using a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. The flap is then peeled open and a second excimer laser is applied to reshape the deeper layers of the cornea to correct the focus of the eye. The flap is then replaced and heals typically within five days of surgery.

PRK

PRK is a quick and pain-free procedure that corrects your refractive error, so you no longer need glasses.

First anaesthetic drops are applied to the eye to numb the area and prevent all discomfort during the treatment.  Then a device is used to hold the eyelids apart to stop the eye blinking. We then gently remove the outer layer of the cornea, so an area is exposed for a laser to reshape the cornea. The laser reshapes the cornea so light can enter the eye and properly focus on the retina allowing for clear vision.

After the treatment, we place a soft contact lens onto the cornea to protect your eye.

The recovery time for PRK is longer than other laser vision correction options, this is because it can take several days for new epithelial cells to regenerate and cover the outer layer of the eye. This can cause patients more discomfort during the first few days of recovery.

However, compared to other laser eye surgery treatments, such as LASIK and LASEK, there is no risk of corneal flap complications.

LASIK

To be suitable for LASIK, you must have:

  • A stable prescription
  • A healthy eye
  • A strong cornea that can withstand the effects of surgery

We can assess your suitability for LASIK with a thorough eye examination that involves a series of scans which examine the health of the eye, the thickness of the cornea and your prescription.

If the results of your examination suggest that you are not suitable for laser eye surgery, we can discuss alternative treatments, such as lens implant surgery. 

PRK

To ensure you’re suitability for PRK laser eye surgery, you are required to have an eye exam.

The eye exam includes an evaluation of:

  • The moistness in your eye
  • Corneal curvature
  • The size of your pupils
  • Corneal thickness

After LASIK and PRK, you should have 20/20 and be free from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses.

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Samer Hamada and Eye Clinic London enable Londoners to experience relief from their eye problems so they can focus on what matters most.

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Happy patients from London and East Grinstead

WHAT MY PATIENTS LOVE ABOUT OUR SERVICE

Annabel Giles

“As soon as I met Mr Hamada, I knew I was in safe hands. He is an expert in his field, and very reassuring. His work was impeccable, and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone wanting a professional, kindly, expert service.”

Tareq Kasshout

“I came all the way from the US to be evaluated by Mr. Samer Hamada who provided me with a world class experience. I was treated with technology that doesn’t exist in the United States. My vision improved significantly since the surgery. Mr. Samer Hamada is definitely a Keratoconus expert.”

Timothy Thompson

“Mr Hamada’s Eye Clinic London and his team are a delight. Nothing was too much trouble and the help, support, advice and guidance before during and after the surgery was all world class. I have worn glasses since the age of 13 years and had the onset of cataracts for the last five so it has all been very much a life changing experience to be free from glasses once more.”

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What my patients love about my service

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“As soon as I met Mr Hamada, I knew I was in safe hands. He is an expert in his field, and very reassuring. His work was impeccable, and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone wanting a professional, kindly, expert service.”

Annabel Giles, Lens replacement

“I came all the way from the US to be evaluated by Mr. Samer Hamada who provided me with a world-class experience. I was treated with technology that doesn’t exist in the United States. My vision improved significantly since the surgery. Mr. Samer Hamada is definitely a Keratoconus expert.”

Tareq Kass Hout, Keratoconus
“I am glad to be with Mr Hamada. I am glad to be examined by Mr Hamada who acts responsibly and professionally. I never had this experience before from a previous ophthalmologist. I am thankful to Mr Hamada for the successful diagnosis and treatment of my case.”
Ghiath Sumainah

“What a Consultant. Dr. Hamada is a man who was born for this profession. As soon as we walked into the room you felt that you had met a man who was gentle and kind. His demeanour was of a man who knew his trade. He speaks in a way that you will understand. He explains exactly what is wrong and the way he will help fix it for you.”

Sam Brock

“My eyes got really sore, tired and gritty feeling this year. It kept getting worse for about 6 months and every time I thought about it, I kept thinking it would eventually go away, but it just didn’t budge. So I want to say a big thank you to eye doctor Mr Samer Hamada who finally sorted me out! Apart from the eye tests I expected, he also took a really personal approach. I appreciate that he asked questions about my whole diet and lifestyle which helped him to quickly figure out why my eye surface was inflamed. I now have simple steps I can take to reduce the inflammation through diet and lifestyle changes which I’ve now been doing for 2 weeks. I also have been using the special non-preservative eye drops and gels that Mr Hamada provided. My eyes are already feeling so much better and I’m so relieved to have had help to sort this out. If you’ve been noticing your eyes getting dry – don’t wait to sort it out as it keeps getting continually worse and you can find relief very quickly with the right help.”

Laura Livesey, Dry eye

“Mr Hamada’s London Eye Care and his team are a delight. Nothing was too much trouble and the help, support, advice and guidance before during and after the surgery was all world class. I have worn glasses since the age of 13 years and had the onset of cataracts for the last five so it has all been very much a life changing experience to be free from glasses once more.”

Timothy Thompson

“We saw Mr Hamada after our 14-year-old son was diagnosed with keratoconus by another specialist. Mr Hamada talked us through the pros and cons of the cxl epi off and epi on procedures, he answered all our many and detailed questions without rushing us and as openly and honestly as possible. We opted to go ahead with cxl epi off with Mr Hamada. Our experience with Mr Hamada and his team, from his incredibly informative and supportive Secretary Joanna, nurse Mimi and Mr Hamada himself who was incredibly reassuring and put us and our son at ease both before, during and after the procedure, and at each follow-on appointment, has been the best possible. I would go so far as to say that he and his team are by far the best medical team I have ever experienced. I recommend him highly and would be happy to speak to anyone considering an expert in this field.”

Lisa & George, Keratoconus

“I would not hesitate to recommend Dr Hamada and his team. From the first call to inquire about booking an appointment to booking it, I was so impressed with his wonderful secretary Joanna- she really is worth her weight in gold, her lovely manner and care made me decide to go for this clinic. Dr Hamada was a lovely man with a very kind and thorougher way about him – he put my 4-year-old daughter at ease. The appointment was lengthy but at no point were we rushed and able to ask as many questions- things were explained so well. I would have no hesitation at all to recommend anyone to use Dr Hamada and his team- I have already recommended to some other parents.”

Amy

“Mr Hamada, his assistant Joanna and his ophthalmic technicians provide a caring, efficient and high quality service. From the admin through to the surgical aftercare we were very well looked after and we had a high degree of confidence in Mr Hamada’s abilities. Our daughter’s cataracts have been corrected (under general anaesthetic) and her quality of life has improved substantially. You also feel well cared for throughout – the human touch is vital in healthcare, but not always delivered, so well done and thanks to all of the team.”

Nat & Rich
“We were referred to Dr.Hamada by one of the UK experts. The expert himself admitted that Dr.Hamada was better than him!! We were not disappointed at all. Dr. Hamada was excellent with my child. His communication skills and knowledge were exemplary. He gave us clear management plan and would not hesitate to recommend him.”
V Nama
“Dr Hamada is an excellent, highly competent doctor with a very kind and sympathetic manner. His reputation for successfully treating dry eye patients seems unparalleled. His team are all extremely friendly and helpful, especially Dr Hamada’s PA Joanna, making the overall experience better than anywhere else I’ve been!”
Isla Cully, Dry eye
“Appointment setting and follow-up were very efficient and well managed. Mr Hamada was kind, reassuring, knowledgeable and had a very warm manner with my young son, making him instantly feel at ease. I feel that we can trust him and that he will finally be able to solve my son’s long-term eye problems that have stumped other eye doctors.”
Kathryn
“A real care provider – true in letter and spirit. After having seen few other consultants we were lucky to see Mr. Hamada. He treated my mother’s eyes and the prolonged inflammation finally went away. My mother went on to receive a corneal graft. Mr. Hamada and his clinic are simply wonderful. Their response is immediate every time even if it’s the weekend. Mr. Hamada puts a lot of personal attention answering every question very patiently and alleviating any fears. His manner is so kind that puts his patients completely at ease. This caring trait continues in the rest of his staff especially his assistant Joanna. I really can’t thank them enough. I thoroughly recommend anyone with eye problems to go to Mr. Hamada. You couldn’t be in better hands. He has treated my mother who is a long sufferer of eye problems. I am grateful always to Mr. Hamada and Joanna for all the support they have provided throughout.”
Charmaine Ghafur

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Helpful links to more information on vision correction

COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION FROM TRUSTED AUTHORITIES

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists have given plentiful information regarding vision correction treatments and when they are needed. Click here to read more. 

Written by an Ophthalmologist, this page provides a history of vision correction, the various types available and a look into the future of vision surgery. Click here to read more. 

This article talks specifically about laser vision correction for myopia. Click here to read more. 

A textbook that discusses common vision defects and laser vision correction. Click here to read more.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has provided a useful checklist to help you make a decision that is right for you before having refractive surgery.

Here is a comprehensive leaflet on laser vision correction, provided by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has provided patient information on Phakic Intraocularc Lens Implantation.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has provided patient information on Refractive lens Exchange.

Suffering from dry eyes? Take our 2-minute online dry eye assessment to see if we can help alleviate your symptoms and tackle your condition

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About the expert

Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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