No matter how ready you are for life without lenses, the decision to have refractive surgery such as laser eye surgery or cataract surgery is a big one.
There are many types of refractive eye surgery and it’s worth a second glance. For example laser eye surgery (LASIC) & cataract surgery each have their benefits, but also risks.
You’d want to know for certain that you’re getting the safest, most trusted treatment available. We can help you determine which surgery is most suited to your eyes.
Laser eye surgery
There are different types of laser eye surgery. In the refractive surgery category, this generally involves the process of re-shaping the cornea (clear, front part of the eye) with a laser and with the objective of achieving better vision for the patient. It doesn’t fix the natural internal focusing system of the eye, so it will only be effective for a limited time before the eyes natural internal focusing lens changes. Scarring on the front surface of the eye can lead to life long problems with night vision and sensitivity. Even so, for some people, this surgery can make a big difference to their vision.
Implants and cataract surgery
There are different types of implant eye surgery. The most common type of implant surgery is cataract surgery where the eyes natural internal lens is removed and an artificial lens is implanted in it’s place. These days the surgeon will select an artificial lens that also corrects for any prescription the patient may have. This is a common surgery after 60 years of age.
Know the risks of refractive eye surgery
As with every surgery, there are risks and complications with eye surgery. We can help you weigh up the benefits and risks to help you make the right decision for you. Ultimately, it is your choice, but don’t be blinded by the promise of perfect vision for life or the promise of being able throw away your glasses. The chances are, your eyes will still need some form of prescription correction, because eyes are constantly changing. Fortunately (for us) eyes are still a part of our body and until they replace the whole eye with a machine, it’s not likely that a person’s vision will remain perfect for life.