Do I need lens replacement surgery? How to self-check your eyes at home

Lens replacement surgery is continuing to grow in popularity - thanks to an increase in research and advancements in technology, however you may still be wondering whether it is the right option for you.
Lens replacement surgery is the ideal option if you’re not able to have laser eye surgery, and you want to reduce the amount of time you spend wearing visual aids such as glasses and contact lenses – or even remove the need for them completely.
To explain the lens replacement process simply, during the surgery the lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, which aims to improve vision. It can make a huge amount of difference in your overall quality of life when compared to the way your vision is now. But if you’re wondering whether lens replacement surgery would be right for you, then the good news is that there are a few short tests you can carry out by yourself, at home, to help you make the right decision.
1. Download a free eye chart
Just like the eye charts that are used in your optician’s office, you can download one of these from the internet, to read on your computer. Although the outcome will not be as accurate as having the test done by a qualified optician, it should give you the chance to see where your vision compares in relation to “ideal” or “normal” vision. When you do this test, you should be sure to read the instructions, and also make sure that you are standing the correct distance from the screen. Test each eye one at a time, and be honest about your vision – don’t simply recite the letters because you have remembered them from the first eye.
2. The car number plate test
If your eyesight is poor, it may need to be corrected before you are able to drive legally – so a good test of just how poor your eyesight is could be to see whether you would pass the UK driving test sight examination. To do this, stand around 20 metres (this is approximately five car lengths) away from a vehicle, and see if you can read the registration plate. You should be able to do this without a problem, using either eye. Many people find that their vision deteriorates so gradually that they do not even notice, and for this reason it can be quite a shock when tested, only to find that legally speaking, they shouldn’t even be driving without glasses or contact lenses.
3. Test yourself using the television
Assuming that you sit a normal distance away from the television, and not on the other side of an unusually large room, you should find that you can watch it comfortably without having to squint. In addition to this, if there is ever any text on the screen, you should be able to read it without a problem. If you cannot do this, then there is a chance that your vision is not as good as it should be, and you could benefit from it being corrected.
4. Whilst reading
If you enjoy reading books and newspapers, then this is a great test for your eyesight. Some people find that they have to move the book away from them in order to make out all of the text, and if this is true for you then you probably need your vision to be corrected. If you find that you require books to have larger print, then this could also signify that there is a problem, too.

Could your vision be improved with lens replacement surgery?
Although these are only very simple tests that you can use at home, having your vision corrected is likely to improve your quality of life and your ability to do the tasks mentioned above, so these types of tests can be incredibly useful when it comes to deciding whether you would like to opt for lens replacement surgery. It is important that you take the time to consider your options, but if you do find that you struggle on a daily basis with your eyesight, lens replacement surgery could certainly improve your day to day living.
Getting as much information as you possibly can is the best thing to do, as you will then be able to make a much more informed decision about what you need to do for the best.
But the best way to decide whether lens replacement surgery would be a viable option for you is to book a free consultation with one of our Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons – where your eyes will be examined using a range of professional, diagnostic tests. And the lens replacement surgery procedure will be explained to you in detail – without any obligation to book further treatment.

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