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What are my options to reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses?

Refractive cataract surgery and laser vision correction

Are you tired of relying on your glasses for clear vision? Or hate the hassle and cost of contact lenses? The idea of not needing to wear glasses might seem too good to be true.

Ophthalmic technology makes this dream a reality for countless individuals through procedures like refractive cataract surgery and laser vision correction. These innovative procedures can help you achieve clearer vision without the need for corrective eyewear.

Let’s explore these two innovative options for achieving reduced spectacle dependence and reclaiming clear vision.

Refractive cataract surgery

What makes refractive cataract surgery different from traditional cataract surgery?

Cataracts, a common age-related condition, occur when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy, leading to blurred vision and difficulty seeing clearly. Cataract surgery is a common, relatively straightforward eye surgery. This surgery typically entails the removal of the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. Refractive cataract surgery takes this procedure a step further by incorporating advanced techniques to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This means that some lifelong vision impairments can be corrected at the same time as cataract surgery. Patients can enjoy the full power of sight and the need for prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses is decreased.

The refractive cataract surgery procedure:

  1. Customised treatment: During your eye consultation your ophthalmologist would have tested your unique vision and specific refractive errors. With this information, they can select the most suitable IOL for you to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts after surgery.
  2. Cataract removal: During refractive cataract surgery the cloudy lens causing the blurry vision is gently removed.
  3. Intraocular Lens fitted: Once the damaged lens has been removed, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL), unique to your vision requirements, needs to be implanted to replace the natural lens. 

Laser vision correction

Minimally invasive laser vision correction

Laser vision correction, commonly referred to as LASIK or PRK, is a popular procedure for individuals seeking freedom from glasses and contacts. By reshaping the cornea, laser vision correction can correct refractive errors and improve visual acuity, often resulting in significantly reduced dependence on corrective eyewear.

The laser/LASIK procedure:

  1. Customised treatment: Before the procedure, detailed measurements of your eyes are taken to customise the treatment plan according to your individual visual needs.
  2. Corneal reshaping: During LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) or PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), a highly precise laser is used to reshape the cornea, correcting refractive errors and improving vision.
  3. Quick recovery: Laser vision correction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, often in a day clinic, and boasts a rapid recovery time with many patients experiencing improved vision within a few days.

Clear vision without prescription glasses or contact lenses

Modern eye treatments allow many patients to say goodbye to their glasses or contact lenses. It’s essential to consult with an experienced ophthalmologist who can evaluate your eyes and recommend the most suitable treatment plan based on your unique needs and lifestyle. While both refractive cataract surgery and laser vision correction offer excellent outcomes for many patients, individual factors such as age, ocular health, and personal preferences will help determine the best course of action.

If you’re tired of relying on glasses or contacts to see clearly, refractive cataract surgery and laser vision correction offer safe, effective solutions for achieving reduced spectacle dependence and enjoying greater visual freedom. Get in touch with Visusense today to discuss your options to improve your vision.

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