Visual aids are the simplest solution when it comes to fixing refractive errors. The most common and accessible visual aids are glasses and contact lenses; most people can wear glasses regardless of age or prescription. Contact lenses are ideal for those seeking vision correction without undergoing surgery or wearing glasses full-time; they can be soft or rigid, dependent on your vision needs and lifestyle preferences.
People who are unhappy with wearing glasses or contact lenses can opt for more permanent options to correct refractive errors. These corrective treatments include laser eye surgery, refractive lens exchange or phakic implants – also known as implantable contact lens.
Laser eye surgery uses lasers to reshape the clear surface at the front of your eye (cornea) and can correct some but not all refractive errors. This may not be suitable for patients who suffer from dry eyes or any corneal abnormalities.
Refractive lens exchange is an operation which is similar to cataract surgery. It involves removing the patient’s natural lens and replacing it with a carefully selected artificial lens to correct their vision. The tailored lens provides the best and most accurate correction for their vision. This may be a good option if you’re older and are not suitable for laser eye surgery, or have the beginnings of cataracts.
Implantable contact lenses are an option for patients wishing to be glasses free but are unsuitable for laser eye surgery. This procedure inserts a tailored lens into the eye, in front of the patient’s natural lens to correct vision. If you are under 40 and have a very high prescription, then the use of an additional lens can be a very good alternative to laser eye surgery.
If you are considering undergoing a vision correction procedure, you should consult an eye surgeon who will be able to advise the best treatment option to suit your needs. Our expert team are at hand to provide you with essential, impartial advice. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure to find out more about your vision correction options.