How Does Laser Eye Surgery Help Myopia?

If you have myopia, otherwise known as shortsightedness, you are in luck. Not because you can make the world around you appear blurry if you want, but rather because it’s the most common visual problem in the world.

This means that as well as being in good company —about 30 to 40 percent of adults in Europe and the United States suffer from it — you also have the most research and options at your disposal for its correction.

Also known as nearsightedness and shortsightedness, there are three main treatments for myopia: glasses, contact lenses, and Laser Eye Surgery. The most common means of correction for myopia are glasses and contact lenses. However, these are temporary fixes and do not treat the condition.

Although many people are born with myopia, the environment can also cause it to appear and worsen. There has been a recent rise in myopia around the world, pointing to such lifestyle changes as spending more time indoors and doing more near and eye-intensive tasks such as using a smartphone, working at a computer, reading, and writing.

For this reason, more people are seeking better ways to manage myopia and even get rid of it for good. Luckily, this is exactly what Laser Eye Surgery was designed to do.

Made For Eachother: Laser Eye Surgery & Myopia

In the above video expert laser eye surgeon Mr Glenn Carp explains simply how Laser Eye Surgery corrects myopia or shortsightedness.

Laser Eye Surgery and myopia were literally made for each other. The first iterations of the treatment were designed to free people from suffering from the common eye condition, not to mention from also having to deal with the woes of contacts and glasses.

The need to wear glasses or contact lenses is usually completely removed by Laser Eye Surgery. This ability to see clearly without aid is of particular benefit to any myopic person who enjoys sports or leads an active life. Many myopic individuals also find it helps in social situations, as they can, for instance, travel without their glasses or contacts and more easily recognise faces.

As expert surgeon Mr Glenn Carp explains in the video above, myopia occurs when the focal point of the eye is focused not on but before the retina. To correct this misalignment, what is required is either to shorten the eye or flatten the cornea.

What Laser Eye Surgery does, then, is flatten the central portion of the cornea so that the focal point shift backwards and reaches the right point on the retina. With light being able to properly focus on the retina, it is now possible to see incredibly clear and sharp images without any support from glasses or contacts.

After having Laser Eye Surgery, this new improved vision is yours to keep. Aside from the effect of the natural ageing process, the changes are permanent: meaning the sooner you have it, the longer you have the chance to reap its benefits.

Find out more about Laser Eye Surgery for myopia or shortsightedness or book your consultation by getting in touch with one of our friendly clinic coordinators today.