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LASIK (Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis)

Laser surgery under a flap has been used for more than 20 years with outstanding results

Corneal flaps have been created for more than 50 years

LASIK surgery is:

  • Quick
  • Painless
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Exceptional visual results
  • Performed under local (eye drop) anaesthetic
  • Most popular laser treatment

‘I have been a friend and colleague of Mr Deepak Chitkara since we trained together. I have the greatest respect for his professional skills in refractive surgery and in 2007 I decided to undergo LASIK for my moderate short sight at Viewpoint. I am delighted with the outcome and I was back to operating on my patients eyes within 3 days of surgery.’ Mr Tim M, Consultant Eye Surgeon, had LASIK surgery

LASIK surgery has become the most popular type of laser eye surgery throughout the United Kingdom. It is typically a painless, five minute procedure under local anaesthetic. Only numbing eye drops, not needles, are used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and, in some patients, presbyopia (age-related loss of reading vision).

Viewpoint is one of an elite group of laser clinics in Europe that set the standards for others to follow. Mr Deepak Chitkara our lead surgeon and founder has an International reputation as a leader in this field. At Viewpoint we are committed to exceeding the average standard of care. Safety is of utmost importance to us and we take every measure to ensure you will receive the highest quality of care available anywhere.

This procedure involves surgically creating a corneal flap, which can be folded back to allow the placement of laser therapy inside the cornea. Once this has been achieved (about 20-30 seconds) the corneal flap is repositioned and left exposed for only minutes during which time it adheres to the underlying corneal substance without the need for any stitches.

It is suitable for myopia of up to -8.00D and for hyperopia up to +3.00D with or without astigmatism. This technique combines the accuracy of the excimer laser with faster recovery of vision and less discomfort associated with the surgical procedure.

LASIK is now considered the Procedure of Choice for treatment of low to moderate myopia and hypermetropia. For a list of possible risks/side effects and to find out if you’re a good candidate, please consult the FAQs section of this website.

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Your  Options

Deciding on the vision correction procedure that’s right for you is an important one. The table at this link will show you how the different options compare. Please ask if you require any more details. Click here to download PDF.


I have worn reading glasses for years so I decided I would go for laser surgery. Read several negative reviews on high street stores and it appeared it was a case of do the procedure and that's it, no aftercare as such and not always good results. But then I came across Viewpoint. The reviews were good so I made an appointment. Although I initially thought I would be having laser surgery, Dr Chitkara recommended I had a Raindrop Implant. Although the thought of someone cutting my eye and inserting a lens, albeit tiny, terrified me I thought I would take the plunge and go for it! I can honestly say it was totally painless. Drops are administered in the eye and you cannot feel a thing. The procedure took about ten minutes and post-op Dr Chitkara suggested I take paracetamol if there was any discomfort - there wasn't. I have been for a check up every four weeks and everything is fine. I can now read without glasses unless it is very small, faint print. It can take six months to see the full benefit. I would definitely recommend Dr Chitkara and the Raindrop Implant, just wish I had had it done years ago! Beverley W –  Cheshire July 2016
Not the most pleasant surgery experience I’ve ever been subjected to but wow! What a great result! 34 years with spectacles and now 20-20 vision and given up smoking to boot! Well worth it!
Roy A  
My consultation was absolutely hospitable and enjoyable. I wish I knew this man before because I went elsewhere and did not receive adequate help even though I paid fees, causing me so much stress. The operation was easy, painless and all through the process DR Chitkara and staff were very friendly and reassuring. This has changed my life completely now my sight is restored. Dr Chitkara even phoned me after surgery at home to make sure I was doing well. I can’t say enough how I appreciate his service and kindness.
Amare G   
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