Surface laser eye surgery describes various procedures which are performed directly on the surface of the cornea, which is the clear domed front surface of the eye.  These include Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK), Trans-Epi PRK and LASEK.  These are the original laser eye surgery procedures and have been available for over 30 years, with millions of patients permanently enjoying the results of clear vision. The various techniques have evolved for increased precision, comfort, and quality of vision.

Surface laser eye surgery offered a revolutionary solution to correct refractive errors, such as shortsightedness, longsightedness, and astigmatism. All types of surface laser treatments reshape the cornea, which is the clear domed front surface of the eye, so that light is redirected onto or nearer to the retina to improve vision.  

This enables individuals the chance of being permanently free or have increased independence from glasses and contact lenses.   This improved vision provides a sense of freedom and enhanced quality of life, enjoying vision as it is meant to be. These innovative procedures are a safe and effective solution for those seeking clearer vision.


What is Surface laser eye surgery?

Surface laser eye treatment is performed directly on the front of the eye.  It reshapes the cornea to alleviate the need for glasses and contact lenses.  These laser treatments can be specifically designed with the latest diagnostic equipment to correct vision and even regularise unusual shaped corneas.

The very front surface of the eye is called the epithelium and is a very thin, regenerating layer that protects the cornea. Once numbing eye drops have been applied, this eye is either prepared for laser vision correction treatment using a laser or performed manually:

Trans-Epi PRK – uses the laser to remove the epithelial layer initially, and then the laser continues to deliver the vision correction.

PRK and LASEK – the surgeon will soften the epithelial cells and gently remove them, either entirely or moving to one side before the laser delivers the pre-calculated vision correction.

Who is Surface treatment for?

This longstanding technique offers correction for short-sight, long-sight and astigmatism. Recommended for patients:

  • Over the age of 18 years old with a stable prescription
  • If you are not suitable for lenticular extraction or LASIK
  • Irregularly shaped or scarred corneas (due to previous eye infections or injuries)
  • Patients with thin corneas

When considering vision correction, you will need a detailed eye examination. This will ensure your suitability and advise the most appropriate option for your vision needs.

How is a Surface treatment performed?

Surface laser eye surgery is an outpatient procedure performed using one laser and takes around 20 minutes:

  1. Numbing the eye: anaesthesia drops are given to numb the eye. There are no needles or injections involved in laser eye surgery.
  2. Prepare the eye: the very top layer of the cornea is removed, typically with the laser.
  3. Laser treatment: the precalculated treatment is applied to the front of the eye.
  4. Bandaged contact lenses: a high water content contact lens is applied to the eye as a bandage to aid comfort.

What Are The Benefits of Surface Laser Eye Surgery?

One of the significant advantages of surface laser eye surgery, is the range of refractive errors it can correct, including shortsight, longsight and astigmatism. By using our advanced laser, with customised treatment profiles that are driven by our state of the art diagnostic  equipment, we can precisely reshape the eye for sharper natural vision.  Improving convenience and quality in every day to day life.  Those considering surface laser eye surgery, have the added reassurance that these procedures are very safe and effective,  minimally invasive and offering long-lasting results. Additionally, surface laser is the ideal solution for those individuals with thinner corneas, as well as individuals who are involved in contact sports or other hobbies and careers that puts individuals at higher risk of accidental trauma to the eye. With its pedigree and numerous benefits, surface laser eye surgery has revolutionised vision correction, allowing people to see the world with clarity and freedom.

Why is Surface treatment a good option?



Surface laser is a safe and successful procedure


No Flap

Surface treatments do not require a flap


Great Results

 Surface laser gives great results, with vision recovery in around 1 –2 weeks



 Surface laser offers customised corrections for complex corneas

Surface Laser Eye Surgery at Vision Care Clinic

At Vision Care Clinic, Bristol’s leading private laser eye surgery clinic, patients will experience advanced, professional care. With a focus on providing premium services, the clinic offers a consultant-led service, ensuring that patients receive personalised procedures and the best possible outcomes. The team of experienced eye surgeons at Vision Care Clinic utilise the very latest in proven technology and are at the forefront of cutting-edge techniques to deliver exceptional results in surface laser eye surgery.

Contact our team today on 0117 905 7722 to book your comprehensive consultation for laser eye surgery.