What Are The Alternative Treatments To Laser Eye Surgery

Vision correction technology has seen great advancements over the past few years. So much so that today we are able to treat 98% of patients who contact us.

Using the latest in laser technology, patients who suffer from conditions such as hyperopia (long-sightedness), presbyopia (ageing eyes), astigmatism, or myopia (short-sightedness), can be safe in the knowledge that Laser Eye Surgery is statistically the safest medical procedure in the world.

However, not all patients are eligible for treatment. And for that reason, it is important to be aware of the alternative options available to help correct your vision.

We will take a brief look at some of those alternative options for the most common of eye conditions.

Alternative Treatments For Hyperopia

Mr Glenn Carp, one of our most distinguised ophthalmic surgeons here at London Vision Clinic, has provided us with the following insight into treating hyperopia:

“The alternatives to treating hyperopia from a laser point of view are to use intraocular lenses inside the eye. These lenses can be clipped on to the iris itself or can be positioned between the lens and the iris or alternatively the actual lens itself can be replaced by an artificial lens.  All these modalities can therefore correct the refractive error that the patient presents with.”

In the developing world, the majority of people who suffer from hyperopia will already be aware of the fact and will be using glasses or contact lenses to counter the effects. Such people tend to have very flat corneas or shorter eyes and therefore, if they would like to address the issue permanently, their options are to steepen the cornea with Laser Eye Surgery or to insert intraocular lenses into the eye.

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At London Vision Clinic we correct hyperopia using one of two Laser Eye Surgery techniques, LASIK or PRK.

Alternative Treatments To Improving Reading Vision

A word from Mr Glenn Carp:

“While Laser Blended Vision is designed to boost one’s reading and maintain one’s distance, there are lot of other techniques that can be used.  The most obvious, the most conventional, is using reading glasses…”

Mr Carp goes on to explain how glasses and contact lenses can provide a temporary solution to improving reading vision:

“You can have conventional reading glasses which result in the vision being corrected only for reading. One can have varifocal or multifocal or bifocal glasses which allow the top half of the glasses to be focused for distance, the lower half for reading and then of course you can use contact lenses to create a multifocal cornea. The problem with multi-focality, which is why it is not the best option, is that while it improves distance in the near one tends to lose a bit of quality of vision in the process. With glasses or with blended vision, the quality is maintained so we are able to restore both your distance and your near vision but maintain the all important quality of vision.”

Alternatives Treatments For Myopia

Often referred to as short-sightedness, Myopia is another common eye condition which occurs when the eye is slightly rounder and longer than it should be, causing light to converge in front of the retina and make objects at a distance appear blurred and out of focus.

There are several forms of myopia including physiological myopia, pathological myopia, and acquired myopia.

“The alternatives to treating myopia apart from Laser Eye Surgery is essentially to use an internal lens, which can therefore correct the prescription. These lenses can be in the form of what is akin to an internal contact lens, they can clip onto the iris itself or they can be positioned between the iris and the lens. Alternatively, the len is itself can be replaced by an artificial lens, which in itself can also correct for the refractive error.” — Mr Glenn Carp

In most cases myopia is treatable by Optometrists, however in its more extreme forms, above -12.50 dioptres, it becomes difficult to correct with glasses or contact lenses. In these cases and more severe myopic prescriptions (beyond -14 dioptres), you may be told that synthetic lenses are the most effective—and only—form of treatment. But here at London Vision Clinic, we have specially developed highly effective laser surgery techniques to treat patients with such high prescriptions.

You can find a wealth of resources available on our blog, including information on the alternative treatments for other common eye conditions including presbyopia and astigmatism.

If you would like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic, or find out more about the different treatment options available to you, leave us a comment or give us a call on 020 7224 1005.

What Are The Alternative Treatments To Laser Eye Surgery

  1. Susan Yates 30/10/2015 at 11:30

    Will eye sore after ??? Is any sleep ??? Do they blood test?

    • Bethany Kingsley 18/05/2016 at 16:02

      Hi Susan,

      Usually at your one day post-operative visit you are fine to go about your day as normal. Some patients experience mild to little discomfort immediately following surgery but others don’t. This usually settles after a few hours. You are not put to sleep for the procedure, it usually takes about 15-20 minutes. No bloods are taken at all, no needles are involved. For more information please call 0207 224 1005.
      London Vision Clinic

  2. Sophie 08/05/2017 at 16:51

    Is it possible to undergo any vision correction while on hyroxychloroquine sulfate? I’ve seen mixed comments from different sources.

    • Bethany Kingsley 08/05/2017 at 17:09

      Hi Sophie,

      Thanks for your comment. We would need to know why you are on the medication as this could be a contra-indicator. Taking the medication itself will not affect the treatment. I would suggest you call the clinic on 020 7224 1005 to discuss further with one of our Patient Care Coordinators. If you have an inflammatory condition, it is possible to have laser eye surgery, however, we may ask that you have a consultation with an Ophthalmic inflammatory specialist first.
      London Vision Clinic

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