For those of us who are dependent on glasses or contact lenses, imagining a life without them can seem impossible. However, it doesn’t need to be that way.
Optegra offers a team of leading NHS-trained ophthalmic surgeons who use their experience and the latest groundbreaking technology to provide accurate, safe, and effective laser eye surgery for a wide range of clients. This treatment can remove your dependence on lenses or glasses. For many people, laser eye surgery has enabled a whole new quality of life – more quickly and easily than they ever thought possible.
Of course, everyone’s needs are different, and we treat them as such. The ophthalmic surgeon you see will assess your suitability for laser eye surgery, and if appropriate will then put together an individual treatment plan to suit your eyes. We provide different types of laser eye surgery aimed at treating each of the following refractive errors:
Myopia, otherwise known as near-sightedness or short-sightedness, is the most common refractive error of the eye.
If you are short-sighted, you will experience difficulty when viewing objects from a distance, such as road signs or train timetables. However, you will have no trouble viewing things up-close, and, therefore, you won’t need any assistance when using the computer or reading a book.
Additional symptoms of myopia include feeling fatigued while playing sports or driving, headaches, eyestrain, and squinting. These symptoms can be addressed by laser eye treatment.
So, what causes myopia? It can occur when your eye is slightly longer than it should be, or when your cornea is too curved – in most cases, it’s a bit of both. The reasons why myopia develops are under research, but family history is one known risk factor.
Hyperopia, otherwise known as, hypermetropia, long-sightedness or far-sightedness, is another common kind of refractive error. As opposed to myopia, people with hyperopia have trouble viewing objects that are nearby, such as books or computer screens. However, they usually don’t have any trouble seeing distant objects.
Those suffering from hyperopia have an eyeball that is shorter than normal, which means that without some work from the eye’s internal muscles, light rays are not brought to a focus by the time they reach the retina. This means that the eye either has to work hard to see clearly, or experience a blurred image.
Aside from struggling to focus on close up objects, other common symptoms include feeling fatigue when performing tasks at close range, squinting, eyestrain, and headaches. If this is a condition you suffer from, laser eye surgery is an option well worth considering.
Astigmatism (blurred vision)
Do you suffer from distorted or blurred vision? If so, it is likely that you have astigmatism. This is a common eye condition, and in most cases it is minor; however, this differs from person to person.
The vast majority of people who require glasses or contact lenses have some degree of astigmatism, which occurs when the lens or cornea is not a perfect curved shape. People with astigmatism have small differences in corneal power, which causes blurred vision as it means light rays aren’t focused properly.
It’s important to treat astigmatism, as it can lead to further symptoms, including tiredness, eye strain, and headaches. These symptoms get worse if you have been doing a task that involves you focusing on something for an extended period: for example, if you have been using the computer or reading. Laser eye surgery can help to correct astigmatism and alleviate these symptoms.
Wavefront abnormalities (decreased quality of vision)
Finally, we have wavefront abnormalities, which are tiny focusing imperfections that cause a decreased quality of vision. Contact lenses and glasses often cannot correct wavefront abnormalities, but laser eye surgery can.
Wavefront abnormalities are as unique to every eye as a fingerprint, which is why it is so important to have a consultation with one of our ophthalmic surgeons so they can put together a bespoke treatment plan for you.
Types of laser eye surgery
At Optegra, we offer three different types of laser eye treatment, including:
- LASIK laser eye surgery (link to LASIK page)
- LASEK laser eye surgery (link to LASEK page)
- SMILE laser eye surgery (only available at Optegra Eye Hospital London) (link to SMILE page)
To find out more about each type of laser eye surgery, click on the links above.