LASIK is the most common form of laser vision correction. It’s a safe and effective treatment for short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. If you’re considering LASEK, it’s probably because LASIK is not suitable for you.
SMILE works similarly to LASEK but is a less-invasive, keyhole treatment. It’s an excellent alternative to LASEK that offers a significantly visual faster recovery, less discomfort and less post-operative dry eye. I recommend it to all my patients as an alternative to LASEK.
PRESBYOND, also known as “laser blended vision” is a laser vision correction treatment aimed at treating presbyopia and other refractive errors. If you’re unsuitable for LASEK, then you’re also unlikely suitable for PRESBYOND. If you are over 40, then we might discuss this option to help you lessen your dependency on reading glasses or varifocals.
Implantable Contact lenses (ICL)
If you are one of the rare patients for whom laser eye surgery is not suitable, ICL lens implants offer a safe and extremely accurate option to free you from needing glasses.
This option is particularly suitable for you if the shape/thickness of cornea makes you ineligible for laser eye surgery; or, if you are so short- or long-sighted that you are out of the treatable prescription range with laser eye surgery.
Lens Replacement (RLE)
Lens replacement or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is an advanced form of vision correction surgery which we use to treat patients over 50 years of age who need glasses for both distance and for reading. If you are 50 plus, then this might be a better option for you if you want to also lessen your dependency on reading glasses and varifocals.
Refractive cataract surgery
If you have a cataract, removing that cataract and replacing your natural lens with a multifocal artificial lens will negate the need to have LASEK, although we might – in rare cases – use it as a top-up procedure.
Complex cataract surgery
If you have a cataract and another complicating eye condition, removing that cataract and replacing your natural lens with an artificial lens will negate the need to have LASEK.