For so many of us, the gradual deterioration of our sight means we don't always recognise the hazards of poor vision or see the world through a clear lens. Not only can this be dangerous and lead to accidents, it may also reduce the clarity with which we interact with a world full of visual enjoyment and activities.
Spire Roding Hospital offers a full range of laser treatments
Spire Roding Hospital offers a full range of laser treatments and you'll be treated within a comprehensive hospital setting by a consultant ophthalmologist.
Laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery is a fast, effective and safe way to help address problems and restrictions associated with some sight defects. Whether for professional or personal reasons, corrective treatment can enhance your enjoyment of life and recreational time.
Spire Roding Hospital offers a range of treatments to correct myopia (short sight), hyperopia (long sight) and astigmatism. At your consultation your surgeon will discuss with you the options available, the benefits of treatment and cover any possible side effects, allowing you to make an informed decision before proceeding.
LASIK is the most commonly used laser procedure for treatment of short sight, long sight and astigmatism. This involves the creation of a flap in the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye). The flap is folded over so that laser treatment can be applied under the flap to change the shape of the cornea. The flap is subsequently replaced. Previously the only way to create the flap was to cut it using a mechanical blade. We can now use a separate femtosecond laser to create the flap in a very precise and accurate way, so no blade is necessary. This technique has been adopted worldwide in order to allow a more predictable flap creation.
Occasionally LASIK is not possible, usually due to a cornea that is thinner than average. In this circumstance it is usually possibly to use surface treatments that provide a very good visual result, although recovery generally takes longer.
Lens implant surgery
Vision correction using premium lens implants is available to self-paying patients and you don't need an optician or GP referral to see one of our specialist eye surgeons. If you have private medical insurance and your insurer has agreed to fund your surgery, they may allow you to pay a top-up to have premium vision correction lens implants.
Why lens implant surgery?
Your eye is very similar to a camera. Inside the eye there is a lens which sits behind the pupil. The eye’s ability to focus depends on three main factors: the shape of the cornea (which is known as the “window of the eye”, the clarity and thickness of the crystalline lens inside the eye and the axial length of the eye. Refractive errors can occur with any abnormality of these ocular components.
Lens exchange (clear lens exchange / refractive lens exchange) can also be performed to eliminate the need for distance and near glasses or contact lenses. The procedure is similar to cataract removal. This type of lens exchange is generally most suitable for people over 45 years of age, who are already wearing reading glasses and whose prescription is outside the treatable range of laser eye surgery.