Countering the effects of time with Laser Blended Vision
You may have heard that laser surgery is powerless against the effects of ageing on the eye. And anywhere other than the London Vision Clinic, that would be true. To save you from reading glasses or bifocals, most surgeons have to rely on synthetic lenses, inserted surgically into the eye. But Professor Reinstein and his team have pioneered a unique laser treatment to counter the effects of ageing in the eye.
This revolutionary technique, Laser Blended Vision, can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for reading glasses, bifocals or varifocals for many years. Already, over 1,000 patients have benefited from this remarkable treatment, which we have offered since 2005.
The effect of age on the eye is called presbyopia – literally translated 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 stiffens, becoming less flexible, while at the same time the muscles that alter the shape of the lens, allowing you to shift focus from near to far, become weaker. Nobody is immune from this condition, and unchecked it inevitably means reading glasses, bifocals or varifocals.
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 cases, the brain compensates for this quickly. It 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.
Not to be confused with monovision
Laser Blended Vision is much more effective, and easier to adapt to, than the traditional solution of 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 50% of patients. In comparison, studies have also shown that Laser Blended Vision is appropriate 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.
London Vision Clinic has also pioneered treatments for people with high prescriptions. Read about our High Profile treatments.