What is refractive surgery?
This is the terminology used to describe any treatments performed on the eyes to reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. It includes laser treatment but there are also other options which may be more appropriate.
What are the options to get rid of spectacles and contact lenses?
Laser treatment is generally used to correct myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. For presbyopia, a better option may be intraocular lens implants.
What is laser treatment?
There are different types of laser treatments, and they all involve reshaping the cornea at the front of the eyes.
What are intraocular lens implants?
Intraocular lens implants are artificial lenses implanted in place of the natural crystalline lens, like in cataract surgery. This treatment can correct presbyopia, as well as myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism.
How do I decide which treatment to have?
It is best to consult your eye care practitioner or refractive surgery consultant for advice regarding suitability of treatment. Everybody’s eyes are different and each individual requires specific tests and tailored advice.
If you are considering refractive surgery, we strongly advise that you wait until your glasses prescription has stopped changing. Ask your eye care practitioner for more information.
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