Being free from glasses and/or contact lenses can improve the quality of life for many individuals. Laser surgery has been proven to correct myopia (short sightedness), hyperopia (long sightedness) or astigmatism. Still, not everyone is eligible.
What can be corrected?
Generally, laser surgery can correct up to -11.00D (in the case of short-sightedness) and up to +5.00D(in the case of long-sightedness). It can also treat up to 5.00D of astigmatism. It is most successful for people who have had a stable prescription for more than 12 months.
When can I get surgery?
For stability reasons, laser surgery is generally recommended after the age of 21. Up until this point, the prescription is still too uncertain to treat. Also, if you are between the ages of 40-50 and finding reading difficult, this is known as presbyopia, or age related long sightedness. Laser surgery cannot fix this. Lens replacement surgery may be an alternative if you wish to be free from glasses and contacts.
What are the risks?
As with all surgery, there are possible side effects and complications of laser surgery. Things to be aware of are:
- Over or under-correction - you may need an second 'enhancement' procedure for optimal effects
- Dry eyes
- Sensitive eyes
Where to get help
It is best to book in for a consultation with our optometrists to council you on the pros and cons of laser surgery. We will then refer you to the appropriate eye specialist to have further tests if you are still interested.