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What Type of Laser Eye Treatment do I Need?

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26th October, 2012  

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Whether you suffer from myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, laser eye surgery can help to correct your vision, allowing you to see clearly once more without having the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, which laser eye surgery treatment you need will differ depending on what vision problem you suffer from. Read on to find out how eye laser treatment can correct your vision.

Myopia, also referred to as shortsightedness, or nearsightedness, is a vision problem in which the sufferer struggles to see objects at a distance. Whilst their near vision is clear, their distance vision is very blurred and indistinct. This is usually due to one of two reasons. Either the person’s cornea is too steeply curved, or the eye is too long, which causes light to be focused just in front of the retina, causing the blurriness with distance vision.

Whether you opt for LASIK, LASEK or PRK eye surgery, the treatment itself is still the same. In the case of myopia, this means that the laser is used to flatten the shape of the cornea, which means light can now focus directly onto the retina, resulting in all-round clear vision.

Hyperopia is the entire opposite of myopia. It can also be referred to as longsightedness, or farsightedness, and is when a person experiences clear distance vision, but poor near vision. It is caused by a cornea that is too flat, or by an eye that is too short. Eye laser treatment is used to add more of a curve to the cornea and therefore allow the light to focus onto the retina, rather than behind it as it normally does on someone who is hyperopic.

Astigmatism is when the cornea is an abnormal shape, with it usually being shaped more like an oval, like a rugby ball, compared to the regular round shape a cornea should be, more like a football. This means the light rays do not focus on a single point, causing all-round blurry vision. Eye laser treatment can reshape the cornea, making it a smoother, rounder shape to help focus the rays of light into a single point and therefore clear up that person’s vision.

But what type of treatment you need is not only dependent on what type of correction you need, it can also depend on a variety of other things. For example, if you play contact sports, then LASIK is less suitable as the flap could be dislodged whilst it is still healing.

To find out which treatment is best suited to you, and to find out more about specific treatments or vision problems, book a consultation with a reputable laser eye surgery clinic. Not only will they assess your suitability for the treatment, but they will also be able to answer the variety of questions you may have about eye laser treatment. Contact Laser Surgery Eyes and we will help find your local clinic so you can book a consultation when it suits you.

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