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What is Laser Eye Surgery?Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery is a life changing procedure which can correct the sight of people who are longsighted, short sighted or who have astigmatism.

Laser eye surgery aims to eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses and in most cases you can expect to get 20:20 vision or better.

The reason people need glasses/contact lenses is because the light entering the eye is not focussed precisely on to your retina which is what is required for perfect vision.

Why Exactly is Your Vision Blurred?

The prescription of your eye is derived from the power of your cornea (outer clear part of your eye) and the power of the natural lens within your eye. To have 20:20 vision, these 2 components must work together to focus light perfectly on to your retina. If you are long sighted, short sighted or have astigmatism, this is not the case. During laser eye surgery, the aim of the procedure is to alter the shape (and therefore power) of your cornea, to ensure the light entering your eye is focussed perfectly on to your retina, meaning you will no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses!

Types of Laser Eye Surgery:

There have been many developments in laser eye surgery over the past few years and it is now safer and more accurate than ever before. There are currently 2 main types of laser eye surgery and they are Lasik and Lasek. The main difference between the 2 procedures is the fact that a flap is created during Lasik surgery but no flap is created during Lasek. You can read more about the differences between these 2 procedures in our Lasik vs Lasek guide.

Latest Developments in Laser Eye Surgery:

Recent developments in laser eye surgery have seen the procedure becoming safer and the visual results more impressive. Intralase is a new development and describes a revolutionary way of creating the flap during Lasik, using a laser instead of a surgical blade. The main advantages of Intralase are fewer complications and better visual results. Wavefront laser eye surgery describes the way in which the laser reshapes your cornea and is considered the gold standard in laser eye surgery. Wavefront technology takes many precise measurements right across the surface of your eye which results in a more accurate correction of your vision.

Laser Eye Surgery For Reading Vision:

Up until recently, laser eye surgery has only been capable of correcting peoples distance vision although this is now no longer the case. As we get older our reading vision naturally deteriorates and the name given to this is Presbyopia. Recent developments in laser eye surgery have seen techniques emerging that can correct presbyopia, namely CK treatment, monovision, laser blended vision and Kamra vision inlays. These are all examples of laser eye surgery for reading vision.


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    Gemma Rostron, London
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