Laser Blended Vision: London Vision Clinic’s revolutionary treatment for Presbyopia
Laser Blended Vision is an innovative treatment for ageing eyes, exclusively available in the UK at London Vision Clinic.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia literally translates as ‘old eye’. Age affects the eye as it affects every other part of the body. Starting in early middle age, the lens inside the eye begins to lose it’s ability to change shape and provide the ‘zoom’ required to focus from distance to near and back. Nobody is immune from this condition, and unchecked it inevitably means reading glasses, bifocals or varifocals.
What is Laser Blended Vision?
Laser Blended Vision – a treatment pioneered by London Vision Clinic, in conjunction with Carl Zeiss Meditec – can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for reading glasses, bifocals or varifocals for many years.
Thousands of patients have already benefited from this remarkable treatment, which London Vision Clinic have offered since 2005.
You may have heard that LASIK laser surgery can’t correct for reading vision, near vision, or the effects of ageing on the eye. A very common myth is that presbyopia is only correctable by a more invasive procedure of surgically implanting a lens inside the eye. However, this information is now significantly out of date: over 10 years ago, London Vision Clinic’s medical director, Professor Reinstein, pioneered this method of increasing the depth of field of the eye by laser eye surgery.
Laser Blended Vision is considered to have major advantages over intraocular lens implants (IOLs), in that it is a significantly less invasive (and therefore safer) procedure, it does not require the same compromises as IOLs (where multifocal IOLs can affect the quality of the vision), it is very accurate, and it can be adjusted as the eye ages further. Moreover, it is suitable for around 97% of ageing eyes, while closer to 60% of people can tolerate monovision (an alternative solution for presbyopia, which user contact lenses or older laser systems to correct one eye for distance and the other for near).
Laser Blended Vision has been adopted by Carl Zeiss Meditec and programmed into their lasers, so clinics around the world are now able to offer this option. While many clinics still resort to lens replacement surgery for correcting ageing eyes, London Vision Clinic are proud to offer Laser Blended Vision – a far less invasive option, which is suitable for the vast majority of patients.
Key advantages of using the Laser Blended Vision procedure
Laser Blended Vision adjusts each eye in different ways. One eye is adjusted to see mostly at distance, and a little close up, while the other is the opposite: mostly up close and a little at distance. In most people, the brain compensates for this quickly (your likely adjustment time would be discussed with your surgeon, prior to the procedure) . The brain combines the two images to give much greater depth of vision, and an all-round improvement in visual acuity that means most patients can throw away those infuriating reading glasses:
- Over 98% of Laser Blended Vision patients can read normal newsprint (‘N8’).
- Over 90% of Laser Blended Vision patients can read the small print on medicine bottle inserts.
Laser Blended Vision vs Monovision and IOLs
As well as being significantly less invasive (and therefore safer) than solutions which use IOLs, Laser Blended Vision is much more effective, and easier to adapt to, than monovision. Monovision uses contact lenses (or older laser systems) to make one eye focused on near and one eye focused on distance. This is a far less sophisticated solution, suitable for only around 60% of patients.
As mentioned, not only does Laser Blended Vision minimise the risks and compromises necessitated by IOLs and monovision, but studies have also shown that it is suitable for 97% of people. So, while we may not be able to stop the ageing process in its tracks, we can make it much more comfortable and convenient for almost everyone.