Laser Eye Surgery – LASIK

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Tired of wearing contact lenses or glasses? Laser eye surgery correcting short-sight, long-sight and astigmatism can be the answer. Laser eye surgery corrects the focus of the eye by precisely reshaping the transparent window at the front of the eye (the cornea).

 

Your eyesight is precious. Under Miss Saw’s care you can expect:

 

  • An experienced, world- renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital consultant surgeon (2010 – 2015) currently in the top of her field. Unlike other LASIK surgeons who are not experienced in non-LASIK surgery, she routinely carries out complex corneal surgery, and LASIK surgery under her care is enhanced by this unique expertise.
  • The safety of your eyes is our priority. Impressive attention to detail and consistently world class care, with a reputation for excellence and innovation in eye surgery. Continuity of care is paramount to Miss Saw and you will see her at every visit.
  • Tailored, custom-planned treatments, where time is taken with a very thorough examination and testing of the cornea and focusing elements of the eye. Her aim is to give patients the best possible vision, no matter how complex or unusual their condition.
  • The world’s safest, fastest and most technologically advanced lasers. At the world-leading specialist centre of excellence, Advanced Vision Care in Harley Street London, Miss Saw carries out ‘iLASIK’, the safest all-laser bladeless wavefront-optimised LASIK surgery using the AMO Intralase Femtosecond Laser for flap creation, and the German Zyoptix Technolas Perfect Vision Excimer laser with sophisticated eye tracking and bespoke personalised Wavefront-guided treatment.  
  • A dedicated team of expert optometrists, eye care professionals and clinic coordinators selected to work with Miss Saw, who are all passionate about excellence in safety and customer service.

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Your safety

Successful laser vision correction surgery is life-changing and amazing.There are 5 keys to ensuring a safe, and outstanding outcome:

Having a skilled and expert SURGEON
The skill and expertise of your surgeon is the biggest factor in the safety and outcome of your treatment. Miss Saw has carried out thousands of eye operations in her career and is an experienced cornea and LASIK surgeon from the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, who will ensure you are safe throughout the procedure. She trains and examines laser surgeons for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Certification in Refractive Surgery.
Who uses the safest, most precise and technologically advanced LASER
In the hands of a skilled surgeon like Miss Saw, using the safest, most precise and technologically advanced lasers, with high resolution wavefront optimization and accurate fixation on the target, ensures that the visual outcomes are second to none.
Who carefully selects the right PATIENTS for laser vision surgery
Whilst improvements in laser technology have increased the range of refractive errors which can be treated successfully with laser eye surgery, it is important to understand that it is not for everyone. Technological advances in screening have improved our ability to discern corneas which are not suitable for laser eye surgery. Miss Saw does not push the limits of safety when it comes to laser surgery. If she feels your corneas are unsuitable, alternative treatments such as the ICL (implantable contact lens) or Refractive Lens Exchange with Multifocal or Monofocal Implants may be an option, due to her expertise beyond laser eye surgery.

Sometimes it may be better to continue with contact lenses or glasses. Miss Saw’s unique expertise with dry eyeand contact lens problems means that she can optimize the health of your eyes, and relieve the symptoms which led you to consider laser surgery in the first place.

Who optimizes the ocular SURFACE in preparation for laser eye surgery
The tear film on the surface of the eye, is the first interface that light rays hit when they enter the eye. If the tear film breaks down easily and is not uniform and smooth, this leads to unstable vision, due to light rays being scattered rather than sharply focused. After laser eye surgery, having a uniform and smooth tear film is crucial to ensuring excellent vision. All patients presenting for a laser eye surgery consultation with Miss Saw are assessed for the health of their tear film and ocular surface, and customized measures to treat this in preparation for the surgery are instituted as part of your bespoke treatment plan. Not just a LASIK surgeon, Miss Saw has unique expertise in this field.
Who TEACHES patients about how to care for their eyes after the procedure.

Teaching patients about how to best care for their eyes after laser eye surgery is a key aspect of ensuring an excellent outcome. Knowing that you are doing the best for your vision and eyes after the surgery, and being able to ask your surgeon Miss Saw personally about any queries you have, gives you reassurance that you are in the safest of hands.

Your safety is paramount. Miss Saw leaves no stone unturned when caring for your eyes.

Advanced Technology

Miss Saw carries out laser eye surgery using the world’s safest, fastest, most accurate and most technologically advanced lasers. She carries out ‘i-LASIK’, the all-laser bladeless wavefront-guided LASIK surgery using a state of the art AMO Intralase Femtosecond Laser for flap creation, and the precision German Zyoptix Technolas Perfect Vision Excimer laser with sophisticated eye tracking and bespoke personalised Wavefront-guided treatment. 

The iLASIK femtosecond laser has the fastest cutting speed of any currently available laser, taking only 13 seconds to cut a LASIK flap. The German Zyoptix Technolas Perfect Vision laser gives customized wavefront treatments with outstanding 20/20 vision results.

The best way to find out whether laser eye surgery is suitable for you, is to come for a consultation to see Miss Saw. The consultation takes around 2 hours, and Miss Saw and her team will perform a comprehensive series of eye tests and assessment of your eyes. Miss Saw will go through the results of the tests with you, and advise you about the treatment most appropriate for you. It’s your opportunity to ask lots of questions, so that you have all the information you need to make the decision whether or not to go ahead. There’s never any pressure from us, it’s entirely up to you. 

Book a consultation with Miss Saw, to find the best procedure for your eyes.

How will I know if I am suitable for laser vision surgery?

Suitable candidates for laser eye surgery are aged 18 years or older, and have a stable glasses or contact lens prescription for the last 2 years. Stability of the prescription means that it does not vary by more than 0.5 Dioptres.

Laser eye surgery works best for the following range of glasses prescriptions:

Short sight (myopia) -1.00 to -10.00D

Long sight (hypermetropia) +1.00 to +4.00D

Astigmatism up to +/-5.00D

The only way to evaluate whether you are suitable for laser surgery is by attending a consultation, where Miss Saw and her team will carry out a series of detailed eye tests and scans to evaluate the health of your corneas and eyes.

If Miss Saw feels that your eyes are not suitable for laser vision correction surgery, she will advise you about the most appropriate non-laser corrective surgery, for example implantable contact lenses (ICL) or intraocular implant surgery with refractive lens exchange. Book a consultation with Miss Saw, to find the best procedure for your eyes.

What is LASIK? What is the difference between LASIK and LASEK?

LASIK is corrective eye surgery where a flap in the front of the cornea is raised and the underlying cornea is re-shaped to correct the focus of the eye.Blade-free LASIK is the most commonly performed laser vision correction surgery. It is carried out using 2 lasers: the first laser (femtosecond laser) creates a precisely thin flap on the front of the eye, which is then lifted manually by the surgeon; the second laser (excimer laser) reshapes the cornea to correct the focus of the eye.

In LASEK, no flap is created. This procedure is recommended for patients in the military or those who play contact sports, because of the absence of a flap which could potentially be disturbed following an injury to the eye. It can be recommended in patients with thin corneas and those with a high prescription, and in certain corneal abnormalities such as mild keratoconus. In LASEK, the skin or epithelium on the surface of the cornea is removed after using dilute alcohol to make the epithelium loose, then the excimer laser reshapes the cornea. It is possible to do this with no-touch LASEK (transepithelial LASEK), where the laser removes the surface epithelium on the cornea.

For prescriptions of -6D or less, outcomesare identical for LASIK and LASEK (Manche 2011).

Both procedures are safe and highly effective, with over 99% of patients achieving driving standard vision or better after 1 treatment. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days after LASIK. With LASEK the visual recovery is slower, and it can takes 10-14 days for the vision to recover fully.

What is wavefront LASIK and wavefront LASEK?

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Wavefront technology accurately maps the way light is focused by an individual eye. Having wavefront optimized and wavefront guided treatment ensures that the treatment is customized to your individual eye aberrations, and also ensures that aberrations are not induced after the laser procedure.

Current wavefront optimised and guided laser treatments do not produce better vision than spectacles and contact lenses, but they have two benefits over non-wavefront laser eye treatments:

  • Wavefront treatments are less likely to result in surgically induced increases in higher order aberrations (i.e. the corneal shape produced by a wavefront guided treatment is closer to the ideal natural shape of the eye).
  • Wavefront surgery is less likely to cause night vision problems or a reduction in other elements of visual performance. Night vision can improve in patients after wavefront-optimised treatment.

What results should I expect after having laser vision surgery?

Realistic expectations are important. Laser eye surgery is highly effective in reducing spectacle dependence. Over 99% of patients in the range treated by us are able to see to driving standard or better without glasses, after one treatment. Results are similar for both LASIK and LASEK patients.

Common side effects, such as mild dryness or light scatter during night driving, normally resolve within 6-9 months of treatment.

What alternative eye treatments are possible?

For glasses prescriptions outside the recommended range within with laser eye surgery works best, or for some individuals with very dry eyes who are not suitable for laser vision correction surgery, intraocular implant surgery is usually the best option.

In young patients, an implantable contact lens (VisianICL) is the best choice. In older patients (above the age of 45-50), implanting an intraocular implant that corrects the focus of your eye in an operation identical to modern key-hole cataract surgery, called refractive lens exchange (RLE) works very well.

If we find that you are not suitable for laser eye surgery, Miss Saw will explain the most appropriate alternative procedure to you, and give you comprehensive information about it.

How do I prepare for the consultation appointment?

  1. If you wear contact lenses, please remember to leave your contact lenses out before the consultation, for the following durations:
  • Daily disposable soft lenses – at least 3 days
  • Weekly/fortnightly/monthly soft lenses – at least 7 days
  • Gas permeable lenses – at least 2 weeks
  • Hard lenses – 4 weeks (or change to daily disposables, wear them for 3 weeks & leave them out for 1 week prior to the appointment)

Continuous contact lens wear can lead to temporary changes in the shape of your cornea, so it is important to leave contact lenses out prior to the consultation to ensure that the eye tests we perform are accurate. After the consultation, soft contact lenses can be used again, but they should be stopped 1-2 days prior to laser eye surgery. Hard contact lenses must be stopped 2 weeks before laser eye surgery. For RLE/cataract or ICL surgery, all types of lenses can be used until the day of the surgery.

  1. Bring a record of all your spectacle prescriptions over the last 2 years if possible. Laser eye surgery is normally postponed until the spectacle prescription is stable. Small variations in your prescription are normal, but if there has been a significant change over the last 2 years, we would normally wait 12 months before proceeding with surgery to ensure that there is no progressive change. Learn more about understanding your prescription.
  1. You should allow a full two hours for your consultation.
  1. Your pupils will be dilated at the initial consultation. This will make your vision blurry and your eyes sensitive to bright light for a few hours. Bring sunglasses and avoid driving or biking to your appointment.
  1. Read the literature we send you and bring any questions you may have, to your consultation with Valerie.

What happens during the consultation appointment?

During the consultation Miss Saw and her team will perform several diagnostic tests including:

  • A careful glasses test (refraction), evaluation of ocular dominance, binocular fusion and eye muscle control.
  • Detailed scanning of the eye, using state-of-the-art equipment specifically designed to firstly assess the suitability of your cornea for laser eye surgery, and secondly to capture precise wavefrontmeasurements and ocular rotation pictures that will be used to program the laser with data that’s unique to you.
  • Miss Saw will then do a comprehensive examination of your eyes, including an eye pressure check, examination of the back of your eye (the retina) and evaluation of the health of the surface of your eyes, blink reflex and eyelids, and the tear film.
  • Miss Saw will explain the results of the eye tests and her examination findings to you. She will then discuss the options for sight correction which are most appropriate for your eyes. Miss Saw will perform all the surgical procedures.
What happens on the day of surgery?

Laser vision correction surgery typically takes around 10-20 minutes for treatment of both eyes. Some waiting time prior to surgery is usual, and further time is required for post-operative checks and to go through your aftercare instructions. Most patients spend approximately 1-1.5 hours in the surgery facility.

What happens immediately after surgery?

After the surgery, it is like looking through a watery fog and you experience soft focus. You are able to see enough to walk around without assistance, but the vision is not clear. Relatively clear vision normally returns within just a few hours of LASIK treatment.  Patients typically see at driving standard after 24-48 hours following LASIK surgery and after 7-10 days followingLASEK surgery.  Remember to follow the aftercare instructions we give you.  These are provided to you when you schedule your surgery.

When can I drive after surgery?

It is usually safe to drive short distances 24 hours after LASIK surgery. However, you must wait until Miss Saw has given you the all-clear to do so, at your first post-op check-up (this is the day after your surgery). Even after being given clearance, you must only drive once you feel safe to do so.

When can I wear makeup?

You can apply make-up to your face 48 hours after surgery. However, you should avoid eye-makeup for seven days.

Are the results permanent?

Long-term follow-up studies have demonstrated that once the shape of your cornea is changed to correct your vision, the change is permanent. Of course, your eye is a living organ and alters over the years, just as the rest of your body does. Everyone’s eyes change, to some degree, even if they have never needed glasses.

As your eyes get older, the first change you may notice if you have had laser corneal surgery aiming for a full distance prescription correction in both eyes (that is, good distance vision in both eyes without glasses), is natural presbyopia, which commonly starts around the mid to late 40s. This is due to weakening of the focusing muscle for reading inside our eyes. Your distance vision will not be affected by presbyopia. Only your reading vision. Wearing reading glasses will help with this.

If you are already noticing symptoms of presbyopia, at your laser eye surgery consultation Miss Saw will evaluate whether you would be a suitable candidate for laser blended vision/ micro-monovision, which can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for reading glasses in older patients.

As your eyes get older still, the only change that could alter the distance prescription of your eyes after laser eye surgery is the development of cataract, that is, thickening of the natural crystalline lens inside your eyes. The natural crystalline lens develops more and more layers each year we get older. This thickening can alter your distance prescription. Cataract is a treatable condition and modern femtosecond laser cataract surgery ensures that the procedure is safer and more predictable.

Learn more about Cataract Surgery.

Could I go blind?

With today’s technology, your chance of going blind from laser eye surgery with an expert surgeon is almost too small to measure –  estimatedto be around 1 in 5 million. In fact, laser eye surgery is even safer than wearing contact lenses – which few would think are unsafe!

What are the risks of laser vision surgery?

Laser eye surgery, like any surgical procedure, is associated with an element of risk. The relative risk of laser eye surgery is extremely low when compared to the relative benefits, and compared to wearing contact lenses. In the hands of an expert surgeon using the best technology, the chances of even just a small compromise to the vision is in the order of 1 in 1,000.

Most problems are minor, and usually occur within the first month after surgery. Almost all complications can be corrected safely without affecting the final visual result. Additional consultations and treatments may be required. The risk of long-term loss of corneal shape stability (keratectasia) after LASIK has recently been estimated at less than 1 in 1000 by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). Current patient selection strategies further reduce this risk. The risk for keratectasia after LASEK is negligible.

What about SMILE laser surgery?

Unlike LASIK and LASEK, with which we have over 20 years of experience, the long term outcomes of SMILE laser surgery are not clear, and at present the evidence for a definite benefit of SMILE laser compared to LASIK or LASEK has not been confirmed by independent studies.

Currently SMILE is only approved to correct myopia (short sight) and astigmatism, in patients with suitable thickness corneas. Visual recovery after SMILE is slower than after LASIK. If retreatment is needed after SMILE, LASIK or LASEK surgery must be carried out. Although Miss Saw was able to offer this treatment at Moorfields Eye Hospital in the past, currently Miss Saw’s practice at Advanced Vision Care does not offer SMILE. However it may be offered in time, if clear evidence for its benefits over LASIK or LASEK is demonstrated. 

Do I need to prepare for treatment?

Yes. If you are a contact lens wearer, leave your contact lenses out prior to your treatment day for 1-2 days (remember it is at the time of your first assessment that you need to remove them for longer – see before)

Remove all traces of eye make-up, perfume and aftershave. You should avoid wearing eye make-up for one week afterwards.

Remember to bring sunglasses on the day of surgery. They will protect your eyes from wind and your eyes will be sensitive to light after the procedure.

Does it hurt?

The surgery itself is not painful. You will feel touching around the eye, cold fluid on the eye’s surface, and some pressure on the eye at various stages during the surgery, but anaesthetic drops administered prior to surgery are highly effective in minimising any discomfort. You may have some discomfort or irritation for up to 24 hours after the surgery, but this is usually relieved with artificial tears (which we provide).Some people feel a little discomfort as their eyes are healing, so we provide pain relief eye-drops to use where necessary

When can I get back to work?

If you have LASIK, you can usually go back to work 1-2 days after surgery. But keep your eyes well lubricated with artificial tears (this is especially important if you’re using a computer, as looking at a screen can dry your eyes), and remember to Blink regularly.

If you have LASEK/PRK treatment, the recovery time is a little longer: you should plan to return to work after 7-10 days.

Miss Saw carries out laser eye surgery on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

What if I blink during surgery?

Blinking is not a problem.  Your eyelashes will be gently taped out of the way and a gentle eyelid clip is used to keep the eyelids open. Miss Saw will ask you to look up at the fixation light during the surgery.  The eye not being operated on will be covered.

You can help the surgery to proceed quickly and accurately by gazing directly up at the fixation light throughout the procedure, but involuntary eye movement is not a problem. The wavefrontoptimisedexcimer laser system Miss Saw uses has a sophisticated eye-tracking mechanism that follows eye movements during treatment. Any movement outside the safe range will cause the laser to stop automatically. Miss Saw will be looking at your eyes through an operating microscope throughout and can override the laser’s automatic cut-out to stop and start the treatment as often as necessary.

Why choose Miss Saw as your surgeon?

Valerie Saw is an experienced, world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital surgeon (2010 – 2015) in the top of her field in both the NHS and privately. Unlike other LASIK surgeons who are not experienced in non-LASIK surgery, she routinely carries out complex corneal and cataract surgery, and LASIK surgery under her care is enhanced by this unique expertise.

She is the only female listed in the top 10 laser eye surgeons in the UK*. Valerie has performed thousands of eye surgeries and her results are second to none. With a reputation for providing the highest quality care, she is one of a specially selected group of Examiners for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK Certificate in Refractive Surgery. She is also a longstanding invited surgeon and advisor on the Council of the British Society of Refractive Surgery.

The safety of your eyes is paramount. Valerie and her dedicated Moorfields Eye Hospital-trained team of professionals are passionate about providing world class care. Her practice has a consistent track record of excellence and safety. She is often referred complex cases, and it’s no coincidence that patients seek her help when things don’t go well elsewhere.

Why compromise on anything less? Your eyesight is precious. There are many laser eye surgeons but few who have years of expertise and experience in both dry eye and laser eye surgery like Miss Saw.

* according to Clinic Compare UK.

  • Extremely pleased with the results from my laser eye surgery with Ms Saw. Perfect vision, better than 20:20. Still marvelling at the view 4 months on. Ms Saw and her team are kind, thorough, professional and provide excellent care and advice. Highly recommend.

    Justin Wilson
  • As I got older my eyes deteriorated! I had glasses throughout the house, and it irritated me. It even influenced my sports. This operation has given me perfect vision, I could not be happier! Thank you Ms Valerie Saw and the team for the perfect treatment. Highly recommended.

    Yvette Van Leeuwen
  • Great level of care. I felt that they really cared at all stages through the consultancy all the way to the surgery and then the aftercare. I was able to call anytime if I had a problem. Perfect vision. I would highly recommend it to anyone considering laser eye surgery.

    Taharul Islam
  • After 40+ years of glasses/contacts had LASIK about three months ago. Miss Saw and her team were excellent. Friendly, professional and thorough. I understood all aspects of the procedure and could not be happier with the results.

    Mrs N
  • Ms Valerie Saw’s team were very attentive and helpful. I had LASEK surgery which has longer recovery time and is more painful. Ms Saw ensured the pain has kept to a minimum and even came in on a Saturday to check how my eyes were healing! All my questions were answered promptly.

    Jabin Ahmed
  • I had spent a lot of time researching LASIK surgery as it was something that I was fearful of having done, even though I really wanted to improve my sight. I could not have chosen a better surgeon than Valerie Saw. Not only did she keep me fully reassured and informed at all time, her manner and personality left me feeling instantly at ease in her care. The treatment itself was not as scary as I had anticipated and either Valerie or her team were always at the other end of the phone if I needed assistance with aftercare. It has been one of the best decisions I have made and I am so pleased that I chose Valerie for my treatment.

    Richard Knight
  • Absolutely delighted with result and service, couldn't be happier!

    Heather Pearce
  • I received the highest level of professional care from Valerie Saw and her team. I have a pre-existing condition, (Blepharitis) so was anxious about surgery. However, not only has Miss Saw corrected my vision, she has also greatly improved the Blepharitis symptoms with medication, which previous ophthalmologist, GP’s and opticians had not diagnosed/treated adequately. The surgery was quick, pain free and extremely professional. Thank you!

    Andrea Rees
  • I am extremely glad I went with Valerie and her team, they were friendly, caring, informative and professional. The surgery was so quick, easy and pain free. I was extremely nervous about the procedure, just the thought made my stomach turn. Valerie and her team made me feel extremely relaxed and explained the procedure clearly to me. The nurses on the day were really helpful and explained all the aftercare drops to me. I still can’t believe I went through with it but so glad I did and would recommend it to anyone and would highly recommend going to Moorfields and having Valerie as your surgeon. Her voice is extremely calming whilst the procedure is taking place.

    Sarah Dean
  • The initial examination was thorough beyond all previous experience and her advice complete, informative and very reassuring. Taking the plunge I elected to have lasik surgery and the procedure was duly completed without pain in a calm and comforting environment by a scrupulously professional team led by Valerie. Despite the recent surgery there was an immediate and staggering improvement in my vision and within 12 hours I could read newsprint without the aid spectacles. It is now 4 months since the procedure and having undergone 3 equally thorough post operative checks the result continues to improve. I am now free to pursue my passion for wildlife photography and bird watching without the constant annoyance of spectacles hanging around my neck and the only regret is that I didn't have the procedure carried out years ago! If you are in any doubt forget it, make an appointment to see Valerie, put your trust in her abilities and enjoy a life changing experience. Brilliant!

    Nick Stantiford
  • I highly recommend undertaking laser surgery with Valerie. I had a very high prescription (-8) and was wearing spectacles and then contact lenses since I was 5 years old. I was a bit apprehensive at the start but Valerie was very reassuring from the beginning. I received all the information I wanted allowing me to make my choice. The surgery (in May 2016) didn’t take long at all and the discomfort only lasted a couple of hours. I was provided with a range of drops including anesthetics drops against the pain which were very efficient. After a few hours, I was seeing and my vision settled very quickly after then. I was driving my son to school after 48h. Valerie gave me her mobile number allowing me to call her, anytime (even during the weekend) if I had any concerns. This was really reassuring. She is making herself available for her patients and is very caring. My vision is now perfect, which is an amazing and crazy feeling! Whenever friends mention laser surgery, I encourage them to see Valerie as I know they will be in very safe hands. The clinic facilities at AVC are very clean and modern, as you would expect for private facilities. You are very well looked after all way through.

    Lauren A.
  • The service provided by Valerie and her team was fantastic and I am very pleased with the results. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any of my friends or family.

    Caolan Gardner
  • Well taken care of. Surgery went very well and aftercare excellent. I have 20/20 vision, the best thing I have ever spent my money on. Would recommend LASIK eye surgery.

    Pasqualina Rasile
  • I had absolutely no idea of what to expect when I discovered cataracts in my eyes. And I was living abroad. On my first visit, during my initial consultation Valerie explained in very simple but concise terms what to expect and was able to put my mind at ease. She also fully outlined what type of resulting vision to expect including all the main side effects. I came back to London 3 months later and we were able to operate on both eyes, and I left London a week later, fully armed with instructions and eye drops. Due to being abroad I called once just to discuss over the phone how I felt my vision was and to ensure that I was on track. Once again even from afar Valerie was spot on with advice and suggestions. Six months on and I have had my follow up visit. My eye-sight is perfect, the side effects are minimal. I would highly recommend Valerie Saw to anyone considering eye surgery; you can be certain of being in good, professional hands with optimum results.

    Bola Awoyinka
  • I could not be happier with my decision to have laser eye surgery to correct short-sightedness/ astigmatism performed by Miss Saw. Miss Saw is professional, calm and reassuring. She talked me through the procedure which took around 10-15 minutes one afternoon. I woke up the next morning and could see without glasses or lenses for the first time in 30 years. A year on I have 20/20 vision, no problems driving at night or otherwise. Brilliant!

    Julie Brownson
  • Having worn glasses since the age of 8, it was difficult to explain the decision to undergo surgery to correct my vision. However, how glad I am that I went through with it. Valerie was amazing, patiently explaining everything and answering questions, even in the run-up to the surgery date. On the day itself, Valerie and her team made the whole experience calm and stress free and it is astounding that such a life changing result can be achieved so easily, and pain/ stress free. I had the surgery in February and have recently returned from an early summer holiday – no glasses, prescription sunglasses, contact lenses, comfort drops etc. Just my new eyes and a pair of sunglasses! I would thoroughly recommend the amazing Valerie and Moorfields hospital.

    Tony Millward
  • The treatment was completely successful. Great to be able to drive without glasses and to buy sunglasses without having to get expensive lenses. Wish I’d done it sooner, best money I’ve ever spent!

    Niroshini Gallacher
  • I found Valerie very informative prior to having my eye implants, the aftercare was first class. I would not hesitate to recommend Valerie to any of my friends who were thinking of having this procedure.

    Pamela Weeks
  • From start to finish service spot on, Professional, informative and end result
    amazing!! I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Ms Valerie Saw and team to Family friends and colleagues.

    Andrew Lee
  • After many years debating whether to have surgery I eventually booked an appointment with Ms Saw. Valerie and her team explained everything fully, addressed my worries and put me at ease. The procedure was easier than I thought it would be and I only wish I had done it sooner. Thanks to Ms Saw I do not need glasses anymore.

    Lynda Parker
  • I am thrilled with the results. I researched and contacted a number of London based clinics and surgeons and after contacting Ms Saw’s office I was really impressed with the professional and personalised service that her team offered me. When I met with Ms Saw's office the professional and personalised service continued. I am very active and I hold a PPL and we agreed that LASEK was a better choice for me. During the surgery I was grateful that Ms Saw explained what she was doing at each and every step of the very short procedure. During the follow up and aftercare I found Ms Saw and her team to be easily available to answer any questions. My recovery was very fast, aided by the aftercare, and my PPL Medical certificate was re-issued by a CAA Medical Examiner after 3 months instead of the anticipated 12. I am 100% satisfied with my treatment would recommend Ms Saw to anyone considering laser eye surgery.

    Alexander Collis
  • I was so afraid of this operation but Ms Saw has a calm and gentle manner which is so reassuring to the patient. Her skills are outstanding – I can’t remember being able to see from early childhood, but because of Ms Saw’s abilities a miracle has occurred and I can see when I open my eyes. I am so grateful to her.

    Brenda Garnham
  • Valerie was highly professional and very competent indeed and the Lasik surgery on my left eye went really well. The procedure was explained very clearly in advance and the procedure itself was quick and painless and has resulted in clear long distance vision in the eye. It all went very well and I can strongly recommend Valerie.

    Michael Hart
  • I can’t thank Valerie enough for completely transforming my vision: from -8.50 and virtually no vision without glasses or lenses to perfect vision for both distance and reading. At all stages Valerie provided a totally professional service. The aftercare support was fantastic. I cannot think of a more successful outcome nor a surgeon I could more highly recommend.

    Timothy Oliver
  • Having laser eye surgery was the best decision I have ever made and, given the serious nature of the surgery, I researched the procedure and the best surgeon for me before committing to it. The whole experience was excellent - professional, caring and I was kept completely informed throughout the process.

    Katie Price
  • After being blind as a bat for over 30 years, I finally gave into having laser eye surgery. After researching the issue, I decided on Moorfields as the best option. This has been endorsed by my whole experience from start to finish. Miss Saw and her team were professional, dedicated and supportive through the whole process and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them as the way to go if you're thinking of this treatment. Thanks for giving me my sight back!

    Andrew Rowley
  • Ms Saw is an outstanding surgeon. Very clear information and individual attention as I had long standing conjunctivitis and blepharitis as well as myopia. Felt fully prepared for the surgery and extremely confident in her skill. Delighted to wholeheartedly recommend both the procedure and Ms Saw. Can’t believe I didn’t have this done years ago!

    Emma Hawkes
  • While I was initially quite frightened and apprehensive considering eye surgery to correct my short sightedness, I opted to go to Valerie Saw at Moorfields due to the consistency of references I had received about her. This was absolutely the right decision. She worked carefully with me, addressing all my concerns and answering my questions, no matter how unusual! In the end we planned a surgery type that was right for me, and I felt confident on the day that I was being looked after as well as I had ever hoped. Valerie comforted me massively during the surgery, and offered me all sorts of advice and post surgery care as I recovered. I highly recommend her to anyone, and I am very grateful.

    Matt De Moraes
  • Ms Saw and her staff were outstanding and very helpful. Treatment and post-care were easy. I would highly recommend her and this clinic to anyone considering the procedure. Well worth it

    TCK
  • Extremely pleased with the surgery (January 2016). It is life changing. Valerie was fantastic all the way through, very professional and thorough in her explanations. Surgery was painless and results were already incredible after a few hours. After care support was brilliant. I have been recommending Valerie to my family and friends since then!

    Leonardo L.
  • "Calm and clear. I was particularly grateful for being able to contact Valerie both pre and post-surgery with questions. The teams both in Valerie’s practice and at Moorfields were friendly, reassuring and approachable. Thank you for taking such good care of my sight!"

    O. Robinson
  • I feel I have had life changing eye surgery. No more contacts or glasses. Surgery was painless, a little discomfort for a few weeks after but all good now. I have been delighted with my experience and would recommend Ms Valerie Saw.

    Linda Turner
  • Ms Valerie Saw is a friendly and very professional eye surgeon. She is very thorough during the examination. Valerie immediately put me at ease providing just the right amount of information to enable me to make the right decision about having laser eye surgery (after over 45 years of wearing glasses for astigmatism and myopia the idea was a bit scary!) During the surgery when I was quite nervous Valerie was reassuring, efficient and kept me fully informed. After surgery I received complete care and attention. Valerie made sure I understood exactly what I needed to do to take the best care of my eyes. I now have great vision with no glasses at all, even reading a computer screen all day.

    Chris Stott
  • Had my surgery over a year ago. Currently still no issues and have better than 6/6 or 20/20 vision. Miss Saw was very thorough and that gave me the confidence to go ahead with the surgery. She also explained that if I had any issues after surgery to contact her immediately. That alone gave me confidence I was in good hands. The surgery was quicker than I expected. Before long I suddenly could see with a lot of detail. Also to note Miss Saw is very gentle as well. Best thing I have ever done and better still with such an excellent surgeon.

    Sarah Datson
  • The surgery itself was quick and (literally) painless. I am 3 months down the line and delighted, not only with the result but with the follow up care I received. I highly recommend Valerie and her whole team. I could not have done this without them!

    Verity Westcott
  • Having a very high prescription most of my life was restricting in everyday life. I waited until I was ready to take the plunge and have the eye surgery (mainly due to confidence and checking to see what would be suitable for my high prescription). Ms Saw has been very helpful and supportive during the whole procedure and we have both been surprised and happy by the results of the surgery

    Deepkamal Bakhshi
  • I had LASIK after suffering from iritis and blepharitis. I was very nervous about the procedure but Ms Saw was very clear in explaining what would happen, which made me feel at ease on the day. My LASIK result was overwhelming with joy that such instant results could change my sight from -6.5 to 20/20. Thank you!

    Elizabeth Selvey
  • Very satisfied with my treatment. Ms Saw is excellent and the quality of aftercare is fantastic. I would highly recommend treatment here and I am delighted with the results.

    David Sindall
  • I wish I’d had the treatment years ago. It’s transformed my life, stripping out a whole layer of stress, anxiety and upset. I was terrified of the procedure and the recovery process for PRK. It was over in moments and in retrospect, neither the treatment or recovery felt like a big deal. I can’t recommend Valerie Saw highly enough. She took time to answer my numerous questions in-depth, face-to-face during consultations as well as over the phone and via email. She put me at ease and she has changed my life for the better, and for this I am eternally grateful.

    Alex Smith
  • I went to a number of eye clinics who all failed to spot my cataracts. Valerie was quick to diagnose and treat my various needs and swiftly achieved great results. If you are worried or in need of advice or quality care I would recommend Valerie.

    Nicholas Pollitt
  • As most people would be when thinking about having eye surgery, I was really worried about side effects. however, Ms Saw put all my worries to rest while at the same time being very informative and professional. My visits to the clinic were enjoyable and the people who worked there were really friendly. I had a great outcome with my surgery and would recommend Ms Saw to anybody

    Mark Glock
  • Lens replacement surgery in November 2016.
    Not needing reading glasses is amazing!

    Rick B.
  • When I first thought about getting my eyes done, I refused to go to the regularly advertised companies as I found them too pushy and unsatisfactory when it came to answering my questions. However, when visiting Ms Saw she immediately put me at ease. My concerns over side effects and dry eyes were put to one side once Ms Saw explained very clearly and in detail what the likely outcome would be and how I would be able to look after my dry eyes. Ms Saw advised me to use a hot compress which worked very well in preparation for the procedure and I continue to use this method. It’s now been two years since I've had the operation and I've got to say I've had minimal pain and discomfort. It's now two years on and despite dry eyes and fear of side effects, I could not be happier with the outcome. My vision is fantastic and it feels wonderful to be able to wake up, watch tv, go for a walk or even look at signs on the tube platforms without using my glasses. Ms Saw's care pre and post operation have been exceptional. If you are in any way apprehensive or nervous, I highly recommend Ms Saw. Quite simply you could not be in better hands!

    Ms Dhaliwal
  • After years of suffering with dry eyes and several visits to consultants in the Midlands, I was getting extremely frustrated and losing hope of finding anyone who could understand my problem fully and offer me sound advice with a plan for improvement. I had both Meibomian gland dysfunction and aqueous tear deficiency, with occasional secondary inflammation. Since 2002 I had used a variety of drops and also tried punctal plugs, but had developed infections.

    After another search on the Internet and looking at London consultants, I noticed Ms Saw had an amazing CV and had Dry Eye as one of her areas of expertise. My first visit to Valerie in March 2015, instantly gave me the hope I was seeking. She was so understanding, reassuring and kind. Valerie took time to investigate and diagnose my symptoms fully and I came away with a new treatment regime offering various options, as part of a plan for improving my condition in the short and long term. As one of my treatment options, Valerie carried out Cautery of the lower tear ducts and fitting of a punctual plug in one of the upper.

    In 2016 my eyes are now far more comfortable and I am slowly reducing medication. I am using a good combination of drops and ointment and continue with a hot massage routine.
    I have travelled from Staffordshire for all of my visits and will happily continue to do so, Valerie is unique in my view, and so it is well worth the effort to get the best.

    Clearly our rating out of 5 is 6

    Mrs Stephanie James
  • Very pleased with the results. The novelty has not worn off yet! Ms Saw is very gentle and calm. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

    Charlotte Leonard
  • Valerie Saw carried out cataract surgery on me as a private patient in April of 2011 at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. I am absolutely delighted with the outcome and can't praise her skills enough.

    Kenneth Fish
  • Dr Saw completed my laser eye surgery in November 2016. Her team completed a thorough pre-assessment of my eyes and determined I was suitable for surgery. On the day of the surgery I was walked through the process step-by-step to ensure I was comfortable with what was going to happen, as well as information about how long different things would take.
    I’ve had several follow up appointments and have reached out to Dr Saw multiple times with questions, all of which have been responded to promptly. My vision is now better than 20/20.
    
My wife is also looking to get laser eye surgery and we'll definitely be going back to see Dr Saw!

    Graham R.
  • I had lens replacement (IOL, RLE) surgery to fix short-sightedness in Feb/Mar 2013. I’ve had my first annual check up everything is fine. I’m extremely happy with the outcome and would happily recommend this surgery to anyone, especially if you have severe short-sightedness. Valerie Saw is not only highly qualified, but helpful, kind, gentle and patient as well and I highly recommend her to anyone considering this type of surgery.

    Louise De Kock
  • Brilliant Service. Everyone was kind and helpful. Can now see my golf ball after playing my shot. Highly recommended.

    David Pollicott
  • Ms Saw is excellent. She is so reassuring about the procedure, explaining good and bad about the surgery. I would strongly recommend her to anyone considering surgery.

    Diane McGarva
  • Ms Saw and her team are very friendly and professional – they made sure I understood everything beforehand and explained exactly how the procedure would go so I knew what to expect. Ms Saw’s manner is calm and reassuring and I am thrilled with the results.

    Kit Roberts
  • From start to finish I felt supported, informed, safe and unpressured. Any concerns were dealt with immediately and I was re-assured at all times. Follow up post op is excellent and more than I had ever expected. Ms Valerie Saw was amazing, so calm, knowledgeable and professional. Moorfields exceeded my expectations and I recommend them to all considering laser surgery. It’s worth spending the extra to know you will have the best.

    Carla Finlayson
  • I have always considered having laser eye surgery. After using contact lenses and glasses for over 10 years, I decided to go ahead with it. After going online to look at reviews on Moorfields website Ms V Saw had very good feedback. Having had a consultation which was brilliant and answered all my questions, I then decided to proceed with surgery. Obviously going in for the surgery can seem quite daunting but everyone, especially Miss Saw, put me at ease and told me what was happening throughout the procedure. It has been the best thing I have ever done and would do it all over again! Miss Saw was fantastic. I would recommend her to anyone considering Lasik Surgery. Thank you!

    Elizabeth Godfrey
  • I had a corneal ulcer on my right eye caused by my contact lenses. I was under her care for 3 months whilst the ulcer healed. I received excellent care and so I decided to go back to Ms Saw to discuss the possibility of laser surgery. The final procedure was completely successful. I can now say, June 2014 that I have 20:20 vision in both eyes. It is amazing and I am SO grateful to Ms Saw for her professionalism and care. Despite being an ‘unusual’ case, she was willing to treat me and I hope that my experience will give hope to others in a similar situation. I have no hesitation in recommending Ms Saw and would highly recommend her.

    Pippa Berger
  • I was considering having laser eye surgery on my right eye. I consulted Valerie who diagnosed me with keratoconus. Valerie recommended inserting a Keraring in my eye instead of laser treatment. The results are amazing, 20/20 vision achieved. I cannot thank Valerie enough.

    Kevin Carnegie
  • What a lovely lady! What a fantastic surgeon. My husband has only had one good eye since birth, and that was getting worse and worse. He had to wear glasses all the time and it makes things like wearing goggles for skiing and workshop tasks difficult. He went to a couple of laser surgeons to find out if he could have something done to this one eye, but, they wouldn't even consider it in case something went wrong. However, we went to see Miss Saw and she didn't see any problems, she only saw solutions. He now has 20/20 vision in that eye and sees better than he has since his 20's. It was easy, friendly and a comfortable experience for both of us. Can't praise her enough. Wonderful, she has changed his life.

    Carole Jones
  • By the end of the first consultation, I felt sure I knew what I was entering into. During the surgery, Ms Saw explained the progress the laser was making, and kept me calm. I would highly recommend having the surgery with Valerie Saw, who is calm in speech and professional in approach, essential qualities when dealing with patients looking to make important decisions on issues as sensitive as their sight.

    Aatish Thakerar