There are a number of vision surgery treatments on offer from Advanced Vision Care. From laser eye surgery, to implantable contact lenses in order to find out what you need it is imperative that you understand the treatments available. As this is the case, here, we provide you with a treatment ready reckoner so that you can understand what is on offer from our Harley Street clinic.
Laser Eye Treatments
LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
This process is by far the most common laser eye surgery used worldwide today. LASIK or Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis eye surgery requires no incision and is completely painless. With the fastest recovery time and least discomfort, LASIK also boasts the most stable solution for long-term eye health. Patient suitability Ideally patients must be over 21 years of age Eye prescription range -9 .00DS (short-sight), +5.00DS (long-sight). -5.00DC (astigmatism) Contraindications Diseases of the cornea Acute eye diseases Pregnancy and those who are breastfeeding Instable refraction values Keratoconus Patients with a corneal thickness.
LASEK laser Eye Surgery
If your prescription does not allow for LASIK surgery, then it is possible that LASEK (Laser-Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy) is suitable. Alongside LASIK, LASEK is the second most common laser eye surgery type. The difference between LASIK and LASEK is that LASEK is only generally recommended for those who have slightly thinner corneas or an irregular cornea shape. Patient suitability and Contraindications The only differences between the patient suitability and contraindications for LASEK when compared to LASIK are the corneal thickness and patients’ pre-operative prescription.Non Laser Eye Treatments
Non Laser Eye Treatments
Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)
Implantable contact lenses (ICL) are the most common type of non-laser eye treatment because it is highly effective and a very simple procedure that requires no injections or stitches. Preformed on one eye at a time in two separate appointments the procedure takes roughly 30 minutes per eye. Over half a million procedures have been carried out worldwide, and ICL is the current choice of vision correction for the US army. Patient suitability Ideally patients must be over 21 years of age Eye prescription range – -25.00DS (short), +12.00DS (long), -5DS (astigmatism) Suitable for those with irregular or thin corneas May be appropriate for those with Keratoconus Contraindications Pregnant or breastfeeding Those with specific eye/cornea conditions Those with narrow angles and an anterior chamber depth less than 3.00 mm
Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)
Instead of editing the cornea to improve vision, CLE replaces the lens with an artificial one that has been designed depending on your needs. Without a natural lens, patients have no chance of developing cataracts in the future. Therefore, this may be the most suitable option for those with early stage cataracts. This is something you should talk about with your specialist. Patient suitability Patients over the age of 45 Eye prescription range – any Suitable for those with early stage cataracts May be appropriate for those with complex prescriptions Contraindications Moderate macular degeneration Diabetic retinopathy Significant corneal endothelial dystrophy uncontrolled Glaucoma Corneal disease Retinal conditions that can predispose to development of cystoid macular edema
Keratoconus, Cross-linking & INTACS
If you have been diagnosed with the degenerative disorder Keratoconus, then corneal collagen cross-linking could be the answer. Previously, the only option was a corneal transplant, but now this non-surgical procedure, which requires no stitches or incisions, may offer a more suitable solution. This procedure used riboflavin drops on the cornea and exposure to UV light to strengthen the cornea. INTACS surgery involves tiny, micro-thin inserts being placed into the mid layer of the cornea. These inserts flatten the cornea and edit the shape to improve or eliminate Keratoconus. This surgery can be combined with ICL (implantable contact lens) surgery to improve vision further should there be the need. Patient suitability Ideally patients must be over 21 years of age Vision must have been stable for at least a year before this surgery Eye prescription range – any Contraindications Certain eye injuries or diseases Immune problems Pregnant or breastfeeding On specific medications
Piggy-back Intraocular Lenses
This non laser eye surgery is one of the newest, ground-breaking procedures for those with extreme long or short sightedness. By inserting two different types of lenses; one inside and one in-front, even the longest or shortest sighted individual can see improvements. Patient suitability Complex eye prescriptions Keratoconus Those who require treatment after cataract surgery Contraindications Pigmentary dispersion syndrome uncontrolled Glaucoma Patients with reduced corneal endothelial cell count If you have any questions about the contraindications, make sure you contact us. There are often two types of contraindications; definite and indefinite. Above, we have listed the definite contraindications. However, if you have indefinite contraindications, you may be eligible for surgery. With several treatments available, our expert team at Advanced Vision Care tailor your treatment plan to suit you. With no ties to specific laser companies, we choose what is best for you, the patient. Contact us today »