Short-sight: Treatment options

Laser surgery for short-sightedness

Laser vision surgery (LASIK) for short-sight is the treatment of choice in most cases. 97% of the Hurlingham Eye Clinic patients receive dual-laser advanced Z-LASIK, and 3% undergo PRK.

Z-LASIK is an advanced form of LASIK utilising a high numerical aperture femtosecond laser to create the LASIK flap, creating a remarkably accurate focus for precision treatment.
Using the WaveLight laser, which removes less corneal tissue per dioptre than other lasers, we are able to treat most patients up to -10.00 dioptres. This represents more than 98% of all short-sighted prescriptions.

The Hurlingham Eye Clinic have targeted the best reported outcomes for treating myopia in the UK – 100% of typical short-sighted patients see 20/20 or better after having Z-LASIK eye surgery at our clinic, and have done so for the past 3 years. In fact, the great majority of our patients can see even better than 20/20. (What is 20/20 vision?)

We know of no other clinic that has matched our vision results. Click here to learn more about our surgery outcomes.

Glasses and Contact Lenses

Glasses have been used to correct vision since the 13th century, and possibly earlier. Contact lenses were first used in Germany in the 19th century, and started more widespread adoption in the 1960s.

The main risk from contact lenses is bacterial infection, a potentially blinding condition. A recent study from Australia showed the 20 year long-term risk of bacterial abscess from contact lenses is 100 times greater than from LASIK.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

RLE treatment is possible for very high myopia but the surgery carries a significant risk of retinal detachment, which may be as high as 1 in 5 patients.

Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)

ICL treatment involves placing an artificial lens in front of the natural lens. Its use is limited to very high myopia where LASIK is not possible. ICL implantation carries several risks, such as the development of cataract, increased rate of irreversible endothelial cell loss from the back surface of the cornea, and increased pressure inside of the eye.

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