LASER- OR LENSE SURGERY
There is in nowadays a broad variety of technical options to correct visual defects, for a living without glasses, now and in the future.
Correction of the cornea
The medical treatment LASIK (Laser in situ Keratomileusis) implies the computer-controlled modification of the cornea by using a laser beam to correct the refractive error. More than 17 million patients worldwide successfully used this reliable and gentle possibility to correct their shortsightedness (myopic), farsightedness (hyperopic) or astigmastism. The disadvantage of these technologies is they are irreversible, because of the removed cornea material. There is also a remaining residual risk for deterioration of the mesopic and a tendency to dry eyes.
Because of the farsightedness of old age most LASIK patients need glasses for the reading with a age of 45 years.
Implantable contact lenses
The current ophtalmology offers in nowadays an interesting alternative to the LASIK technology for the cornea: the refractive lense surgery, well known as "contact lense in the eye".
These modern lenses can be implanted into the cornea or aditionally to the natural lense within the eye. This way there are no more disadvantages by having dependance in wearing glasses or contact lenses.
In case the natural lens is already clouded (cataract) and has to be removed by standard surgery, it will be optimally combined with the implantation of a special lense for cornea refractive error correction.
One of the important advantages of the lense surgery is the replacebility of the implanted artificial lenses, in case the refractive error demands it. The sensitive cornea remains intact.
Ask your ophtalmologic surgeon which opportunities the current lense surgery offers to you and enjoy life without glasses.