Should I wait for a better procedure to be developed? What’s on the horizon?
We all know the feeling when you come out of the store incredibly satisfied with your purchase: It’s the latest and greatest on the market, with the most cutting edge technology, so you’re told.
You’re content, and for several weeks you happily go about using your new vehicle or product, bragging at any opportunity about how great and revolutionary it is.
That’s until one day you notice a particular story in the news or an advert on the T.V., “Introducing the new and all improved…”
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It almost seems uncanny, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. For decades companies have been holding back their recent innovations from their customers to maintain a steady flow of interest—and therefore profit—from their products.
That way they’ll never have to worry about having to find something that little bit bigger, faster or more powerful to sell.
When this behaviour crosses over into the medical world, it becomes a bigger issue. Is it fair that companies or organisations hold back potentially life-saving developments in pharmaceuticals and healthcare for the benefit of their long-term success?
The answer is obvious.
That’s why here at London Vision Clinic we have a dedicated, full-time research staff making sure any new advancements—no matter how big or small—are made available to our patients as soon as possible.
In fact, the founder of our clinic Prof Reinstein is among a small group of experts pioneering the latest advancements in Laser Eye Surgery. As leaders in their field, they regularly publish scientific articles and book-chapters in peer-reviewed publications and attend and speak at events such as the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS).
With such a strong commitment to research, we hold a very clear picture of the current and future state of Laser Eye Surgery. No matter how much change, there are several factors which are always going to remain high on the agenda. A few of these factors are increasing treatment suitability rate, widening treatment applications, and improving comfort and safety.
The future of Laser Eye Surgery is already here
Laser Eye Surgery has seen significant advancements in all three of these areas over recent years, thanks to certain leaps in technology and knowledge. What’s resulted is two new treatments—ReLEx SMILE and Laser Blended Vision—that are nothing less than revolutionary for the industry and patients that can receive them.
One of the main benefits of these new treatments is that they open Laser Eye Surgery up to two groups of people that previously wouldn’t have fully benefitted from surgery: those who need reading glasses due to presbyopia, and those who have very high prescriptions.
ReLEx SMILE represents a step forward from Laser Eye Surgery treatments such as PRK and LASIK due it’s less invasive method of reshaping the cornea.
This newer procedure is performed with just one laser instead of switching between two, reducing treatment time and increasing patient comfort.
Being a minimally invasive procedure, ReLEx SMILE makes it possible to treat patients with contact lens intolerance, very high prescriptions, drier eyes, and thinner corneas.
Laser Blended Vision
Rather than completely revolutionising the way in which Laser Eye Surgery is done like SMILE has, Laser Blended Vision is a revolutionary technique that is performed using existing Laser Eye Surgery treatments such as LASIK.
Implemented in 2003, Laser Blended Vision offers a long-term solution to the effects of ageing eyes (presbyopia) and thus the need to use reading glasses or bifocals.
The major benefit of this treatment is that it offers a much safer and more convenient alternative to the current options available, namely intraocular lenses (IOLs)—synthetic lenses surgically implanted into the eye.
One eye firmly on the future of Laser Eye Surgery
These two advancements mark a new generation of Laser Eye Surgery. From today on-wards we believe only incremental improvements will be achieved in reducing the size of the small number of patients who do not currently qualify for laser vision treatment.
This is largely down to the inevitable development of technology which will make more advances in laser technology available to more people, due to new discoveries and falling costs.
So there’s no need to worry about having a Laser Eye Surgery and there soon being a new and improved treatment or technique released. It’s already possible to achieve fighter pilot vision in a matter of minutes. And so, today is one of the best times in history and the future to have Laser Eye Surgery.
If you’d like to book a consultation with us, or find out more about current Laser Eye Surgery Technology, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.