You don’t have to live with Short Sightedness

05 Feb 2014

Myopia or short sightedness is a fairly common refractive error that occurs when the refractive ability of the eye is too powerful and causes light to focus in front of, rather than directly on the retina.

The cornea at the front of the eye is accountable for almost 70% of the eye’s refractive power but in the case of short sightedness the cornea can be too steep or the eye is too long, which is why light cannot be refracted directly on the retina.

Short sightedness affects distance vision and is usually an inherited condition that becomes apparent in childhood or during adolescence.

Laser Eye Surgery to correct short sightedness

Short sightedness can vary from being very mild to moderate and in rare instances high myopia can develop.

Laser Eye Surgery at Optilase Northern Ireland is highly effective in treating mild to moderate levels of short sightedness with the cornea being permanently reshaped so that refraction can take place accurately within the eye.

When correcting short sightedness with Laser Eye Surgery, an Excimer Laser removes tissue from the centre of the cornea to flatten its surface.

Results are instant with patients enjoying perfect vision immediately after the procedure has taken place.

Can anyone with short sightedness get Laser Eye Surgery?

During your free consultation at any Optilase clinic in Belfast, Newry, or Derry/Londonderry, you will undergo a thorough eye exam and questionnaire to ensure that you are eligible for Laser Eye Surgery.

In order to be considered a suitable candidate for refractive surgery to correct short sightedness, some of the criteria include:

  • Over 18 with a stable refractive error (your prescription has not changed in the previous 12 months)
  • Does not suffer from any eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma
  • Has adequate amount or tear production and no history of dry eye disease
  • Corneas are at least 5.5 microns thick
  • Pupils are not too large when fully dilated
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Does not suffer from any autoimmune or vascular condition

To find out more about Laser Eye Surgery in Northern Ireland, call 08000 121 565.

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