Laser Eye Surgery For Very High Prescriptions

It’s a commonly held belief that Laser Eye Surgery is not an option for those with very high prescriptions, and that the only option is synthetic lens implants.

Whilst this can be the case at some clinics, it is usually a matter of the clinic lacking the technology or expertise to treat very high prescriptions, rather than of the patient being clinically unsuitable.

London Vision Clinic is different.

We’ve been treating patients with very high prescriptions for many years. We’re able to do this because of our world-class technology, the expertise of our surgeons, and the fact that we believe in giving every patient the best possible outcome – regardless of the amount of work it takes.

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Our pioneering approach to developing ‘High Profile’ treatments has established London Vision Clinic as world-leaders in treating high prescriptions.

Read more about our High Profile treatments here

Professor Dan Reinstein, lead laser eye surgeon at London Vision Clinic, had this to say about the treatment of patients with high prescriptions with our ReLex SMILE procedure:

“Generally speaking, traditional Laser Eye Surgery can only correct prescriptions up to a maximum of between -8 and -10.

This is because in traditional Laser Eye Surgery, the surgeon cuts a circular flap from the surface of the cornea and removes tissue from the exposed cornea, reshaping it to remove refractive errors.

The higher the refractive error (ie the higher the prescription), the more tissue needs to be removed to correct it – therefore the cornea must be thick enough. Most people simply don’t have thick enough corneas to allow enough reshaping to be done to correct high prescriptions – making them unsuitable for traditional Laser Eye Surgery.

With ReLEx Laser Eye Surgery treatment at London Vision Clinic, people with thin corneas and those with prescriptions of higher than -10 can be treated, because we do not make a flap from the corneal surface.

Instead, we remove the tissue from the centre of the cornea through a tiny hole made at the side of the eye, leaving the front of the cornea intact.

ReLEx SMILE Laser Eye Surgery uses an extremely precise laser to create micro-pulses beneath the surface of the cornea. The patient feels virtually nothing during the surgery because the eye is numb from anaesthetic drops and any contact with the eye is very gentle.

What’s more, the technique can significantly reduce or even eliminates the common side-effect of post-operative dry eye, which people often experience temporarily after traditional Laser Eye Surgery.”

If you would like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic, or would like to know more about our pioneering ReLEx SMILE treatment, give us a call on 020 7224 1005.

Laser Eye Surgery For Very High Prescriptions