Laser Treatments To Eliminate The Need For Glasses And ContactsLast month, London Vision Clinic featured in the Mail Online. Here, we have summarized the article in our own words:
Let us help you find the ideal solution for your vision woes. LASIK has erroneously become a term used to encompass all vision corrective procedures. However, there are actually a few options. Our eye care professionals are trained to trouble shoot and solve with precision and professionalism. A consultation with one of our vision specialists lets you know if surgery is right for you, and the best procedure to fit your needs.
In the meantime, let’s talk about your options and some general situations that might lead you to one of the various procedures.
Let’s start with the most commonly known: LASIK. LASIK is most commonly used to treat long-sightedness and involves reshaping the cornea by cutting into it with a laser. The cornea is reshaped by the removal of excess tissue that is the core issue for long-sighted vision.
LASIK’s close relative goes by the name of LASEK and also involves reshaping the cornea, but in an effort to correct short-sightedness. It is sometimes used as an alternative to LASIK in people whose cornea is too thin for LASIK, or who are at a high risk for being hit in the eye. This would include people who play sports or work in the construction industry. LASEK does not involve making an incision.
For people suffering from cataracts, cloudy vision caused by an aging lens, require lens replacement surgery. This involves an incision to the cornea and then a lens transplant is performed. The recovery for this procedure is significantly longer than the others discussed in this article. Medical professionals recommend taking an entire week off of work post procedure.
Presbyopia, or long-sightedness that develops as a result of aging, may require a total lens replacement just like the discussed solution for cataracts. However, sometimes the appropriate procedure is Laser Bended Vision. While the methods used are often the same as LASIK surgery, the ultimate goal is slightly different, as one eye is corrected to see better at a distance, and the other is corrected to see better close up. The brain works together with both eyes to merge these two images naturally. PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision is less invasive and has a quicker recovery time than a complete lens replacement procedure.
Astigmatism and ReLEX and London Vision Clinic
Astigmatism is another common issue that burdens our eyes. It is the cause of many blurry eyes. The core issue is an unevenly curved cornea that causes two focal points as opposed to one. The solution is ReLEX, which can also be used to correct short-sightedness and presbyopia. It’s new. It’s advanced. It’s highly effective. It’s only available here at the London Vision Clinic. Let me tell you a little about how it works. As opposed to making an incision, a laser is used to make a “keyhole”, the tissue to be removed is then outline with a laser and removed by the surgeon with a pair of amazingly fine tweezers. This procedure is incredible because since it is less invasive that even Lasik or Lasek, the recovery time is a mere matter of hours. Patients recover within a few hours are back at the office the next day!