UNDER AGE 40
In your twenties or thirties you might get fed up with your glasses and contact lenses. Many different laser eye surgery options are a great solution for younger eyes. Before the age of 40 the lens inside your eye is soft and flexible. This means we can treat a person and have them end up with perfect vision in the distance, while at the same time their eyes are relaxed and will be able to “pull focus” for near vision.
After 40, we all wind up needing reading glasses which can be frustrating and feel like premature ageing. At this age, the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible. You lose the ability to “pull focus” for near objects. This is called presbyopia or “short-arm syndrome” and creates a whole new set of vision problems for people in this age group. Luckily after a decades worth of treatment data, we can now treat presbyopic eyes and restore natural vision.
After the age of 60 the optical quality of the lens inside the eye may become worse, eventually turning into a cloudy cataract. Initially you can see fairly well with glasses, but later the vision is poor, even with glasses or contact lenses. Because these changes creep up slowly, you only realise how bad things were, once you correct the problem. New treatment advances allow cataract correction to be done at the same time as other visual correction procedures.
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Eye surgery treatments we provide
Eye surgery is widely available, what makes the Custom Vision Clinic different?
When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Custom Vision Clinic does not offer a one-size fits all treatment. Instead, we select the most appropriate technique to fix your visual problem. It is possible to get around a golf course using only a seven iron for all the shots. It’s also possible to get around a golf course using only a driver. An expert achieves their best results, however, with a full set of clubs.
We provide the complete range of laser eye surgery treatments using Zeiss technology. We have brought together all the most advanced diagnostic equipment available in the country in order to provide the safest and most accurate lens implantation, lens replacement and cataract procedures.
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MORE USEFUL INFORMATION
Read more about laser eye surgery
New refractive surgery guidelines from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, together with patient information on Laser Vision Correction, Phakic Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Lens Exchange and a Checklist for patients will be published in April 2017. Click here for more information
Take this checklist to your consultation with your refractive surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each item with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having
refractive surgery. Click here for more information
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Laser Vision Correction Patient Information booklet (PDF). Click here for more information
SMILE corrects myopia and astigmatism, or a combination of both refractive errors with only a very small incision at the corneal surface. This high-precision procedure is the latest development in the refractive laser treatments. Includes videos, treatment steps, and questions and answers.
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LASIK treats refractive errors by folding away the top layer of the eye and re-shaping tissue underneath. If a femtosecond laser is used, this type of procedure is called Femto-LASIK. Includes videos, treatment steps and questions and answers. Click here for more information
PRK/LASEK procedures remove a thin cell layer from the top of the eye so the laser can reshape the underlying cornea. This surgery may be an option for those who are not eligible for LASIK or those who look for the most economic option for refractive laser surgery. Includes videos, treatment steps, and questions and answers. Click here for more information
About the author
Mr James Ball | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCOphth CertLRS
I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic, St James’s University Hospital, and Nuffield Hospital. My major interest is in refractive surgery and finding the best treatment suitable for each patient.