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Question of the month - Is laser eye surgery safe?

Published on 22nd February 2018

When considering laser eye surgery, you may have lots of questions regarding treatment, and rightly so! At Visualase we often get asked the most important question of all... ‘’Is laser eye surgery safe?’’ Our experienced laser eye surgeon Dr Stephen Doyle, Ophthalmologist reassures our patients and explains why laser eye surgery is a safe procedure.

''A lot of our patients ask about safety and I always say that it is very similar to the analogy about travelling in a plane or a car, psychologically most people think that it is more dangerous to be in a plane rather than in a car, but it is quite the reverse!

Dr Doyle continues ''It’s the same with the laser used for the treatment, it is just as safe as wearing contact lenses, if not safer. For for example I’ve performed approximately 25,000 treatments and only encountered one infection, whereas with contact lenses when I was working at the Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester there were many more! Not every contact lens wear will experience a problem, but such percentage can and will get infections. On balance, I always say to patients every surgery has risks but with laser eye surgery they are quite small.''

Our ophthalmologists have performed over 50,000 procedures and bring a wealth of clinical experience and expertise. Unlike other clinics, our doctors are with you during every step of your laser eye treatment process - from your initial consultation right the way through your aftercare.

A practice of safe and successful treatment is our main priority at Visualase. You can be assured that you are in safe hands if you are considering this procedure.

From our very own patient feedback, we have found that 100% of our patients would recommend us to their friends and family.

If you’d like to view Dr Doyle’s video on ‘’Is laser eye surgery safe?’’ click here.

Contact us now to find out more about your consultation and to find out more about all the safety precautions we take during treatment.


All eye surgical procedure carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome through varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits including ones specific to your circumstances at the time of your preoperative consultation.