Whether you refer to it as nearsightedness, short-sightedness, or myopia, it is a condition that many people suffer from, but due to technological advances, there is now the opportunity to make blurry vision a thing of the past for patients.
Myopia is a condition of the eye that occurs when the light that it is receiving does not focus directly on the retina but in front of it instead. This causes any image that you are looking from a distance to appear out of focus or blurry, but in focus when viewing an image at close proximity.
Many people are now turning to laser surgery in order to correct their vision and well over 100,000 people per annum in the UK arrange this treatment through sites like http://www.lasereyesurgeryhub.co.uk.
Laser surgery is used to burn away small sections of the cornea, which has the effect of correcting the curvature to that light received is less tightly focused through your lens and on to your retina. There are three main recognised types of laser eye surgery available and the eye surgeon will evaluate which one is appropriate to your condition.
PRK is photorefractive keratectomy, and this is a procedure that involves removing a small amount of the surface of the cornea and using the laser to remove tissue and change the shape of the cornea in order to correct your vision.
LASEK (Laser epithelial keratomileusis) is relatively similar to PRK but this method involves using alcohol as a way of loosening the surface of the cornea before it is then lifted away. LASIK (Laser in situ keratectomy) is rather like LASEK surgery but this procedure only involves a small flap of the cornea, which is folded back rather than actually removed.
The eye surgeon will carry out a thorough examination before any surgery is agreed and they will advise you if laser eye surgery is suitable for you. Some patients are deemed to have a cornea that is not thick enough and that represents a risk of complications. Around 90% of people who are suitable and undergo laser eye surgery, report a significant improvement in their symptoms, so it is definitely an option that is worth considering.
Lens implant surgery
You may want to consider a relatively new technique known as lens implant surgery.
The process involves an artificial lens into your eye, which is specifically designed to compensate for any defects that you may have with your cornea. You can either have a phakic implant, which is basically a permanent contact lens, or replace the natural lens with an artificial one, a method that is also sometimes referred to as refractive lens exchange.
You can of course uses glasses and contact lenses in order to try and correct your vision problems, but with the advances in technology and the positive results that these relatively new types of eye surgery are achieving, it makes sense to consider tackling your myopia with a hi-tech solution.
Carl Robinson is an eyecare specialist of many years. Although he loves working with people’s eyes, writing is another passion of his. Look for his illuminating posts on various health and medical websites.