Your eyesight is one of your most precious elements of your health but for many of us our eyesight is not perfect and we need to wear glasses either for certain tasks or all the time.
The most common eye sight problems that people experience are short-sightedness (technically known as myopia), long-sightedness (technically known as Hypermetropia, and astigmatism (which is an uneven curvature of the eye’s surface).
Wearing glasses is not ideal – it can be a real hassle, which is why laser eye surgery is an increasingly popular way for people to correct problems with their eyesight and remove the need to wear glasses.
While the objective of laser surgery is to completely remove the need to wear gasses (or contact lenses), for some people going to an eye clinic to undergo laser eye surgery may not completely remove the need to wear glasses but will improve their underlying eyesight so that they may not need to wear glasses as often.
What is laser eye surgery?
Laser eye surgery is also known as laser corneal sculpting. It is a medical procedure in which the practitioner uses a laser to reshape the surface of the eye. This is a procedure that has been in use for a considerable period of time – the first laser eye surgery procedures were performed over thirty years ago. During the procedure, the laser removes extremely small pieces of tissue from the cornea of the eye.
Why is the cornea important?
The transparent tissue that covers the front of your eye is called the cornea – it is one of the essential elements that controls the focus of your eye.
Myopia or short-sightedness is one of the most common eyesight problems that inflict people around the world – some estimates indicate that around thirty per cent of people suffer from short-sightedness. Myopia means that people have no difficulty in focusing on objects that are close to them but can’t see objects that are in the distance as they appear to be blurry or fuzzy.
Long-sightedness or Hypermetropia is actually more common than short-sightedness but it generally only inflicts people that are aged over forty years of age. This is the opposite of Myopia, so that objects in the distance can be seen clearly but objects that are close are difficult to see.
Photorefractive Kertaectomy (PRK) is a procedure performed by eye surgeons associated with laser eye surgery but it is different to the standard procedure of reshaping the cornea. PRK involves the removal of the outer layer of the cornea so that the underlying layers can be reshaped.
Where to get laser eye surgery
Renowned as one of the centres of excellence for laser eye surgery Melbourne is one of the top cities in Australia for people considering having their eye-sight problems corrected through laser eye surgery.
Laser eye surgery has been a real game changer for people with eye sight problems, in most cases the patient no longer needs to wear glasses or contact glasses and can benefit from fully restored eye sight.