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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can laser eye surgery treat the loss of reading vision?
Yes. The loss of reading vision occurs due to ageing, as the eye begins to lose its ability to ‘zoom’ from distance to near. This means that the close vision deteriorates. Some clinics choose to treat presbyopia by removing the natural lens inside the eye and replacing it with an artificial one.
However, there is also a laser eye surgery procedure called Laser Blended Vision, which is highly effective and much less invasive than lens replacement. With this technique, one eye is treated to view objects mainly at distance and a little up close, while the other is treated to view objects mainly up close and a little at distance. The brain learns to combine the two images, enabling the individual to see far and intermediate distances and up close, without effort. Studies have shown that 97% of people are suitable for Laser Blended Vision, and almost all are able to read normal newsprint without glasses after surgery.
Q: Which procedure will I be suitable for?
The vast majority of patients undergoing laser eye surgery worldwide are suitable for LASIK, and most short-sighted patients are also candidates for SMILE. In the past, patients with thin corneas tended to be recommended for surface procedures (PRK, LASIK and Epi-LASIK) as these do not require the creation of a corneal flap.
Many of these patients can now be treated with SMILE - a totally ‘flap-less’, keyhole procedure, which was first introduced
in the UK at London Vision Clinic in
2011. However, a small minority remain candidates for surface treatments only, and some patients may only be suitable for an intraocular lens procedure.

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