John D Andrews
Laser eye surgery has developed rapidly over the last 10 years and one clinic has remained in the forefront, Accuvision laser eye clinics. Not only have they helped develop the very latest and advanced laser technology, they have also developed new procedures and techniques to deliver outstanding outcomes for patients. The start of the journey for better vision is the laser eye surgery consultation. At Accuvision that is different too.
Keratoconus can start in teenagers, young adults and people who regularly 'rub' their eyes. Specialist diagnostic equipment like a corneal topographer (an instrument that measures corneal shape and contour) not normally found in your local or high street optometrist are needed to pick up the symptoms for keratoconus in these early stages.
<p>Laser eye treatment is a very popular solution for numerous vision problems. The term laser eye treatment covers many different types of surgery that are performed with an excimer laser. The various laser eye treatments have been undertaken by millions of patients since their effectiveness at correcting shortsight, longsight and astigmatism was proven over 25 years ago.</p> <p>Since that time the laser technology and laser controls influencing the outcomes have been improved significantly leading to faster, more comfortable treatments and more exact and predictable outcomes.</p> <p>Laser eye treatments have also been developed to overcome age related longsightedness or Presbyopia, opening up the opportunity for people over the age of 50 to not have to be reliant on glasses or varifocal lenses for reading and distance vision.</p> <p>The differences in laser eye surgery treatment are usually related to the way the eye is prepared to receive the corrective laser eye surgery.</p> <p>LASEK laser eye treatments involve the softening of the epithelium on the surface of the eye using alcohol. It is then scraped back to reveal the underlying cornea that is treated using the laser. After the laser treatment the Epithelium layer is folded back into place.</p> <p>LASIK laser eye treatments require a flap to be created in the very front part of the cornea. These vary in thickness from under 100 microns to over 140 microns, depending on which method is used to create them. No alcohol is needed and once the flap has been folded back to expose the corneal tissue beneath it only takes a matter of seconds for the laser eye treatment to take place and the flap replaced and protected with a bandage contact lens.</p> <p>Epi-LASIK <strong><a href="http://www.accuvision.co.uk/laser-eye-treatment.html" target="_blank">laser eye treatment</a></strong> is an all laser surface treatment that can be undertaken using advanced lasers and highly skilled clinical teams. The laser is used to remove the epithelium in the first instance, leaving a very smooth corneal surface. The laser eye treatment is then applied to this surface and a bandage contact lens placed immediately after to protect the eye. The epithelium then grows back beneath the contact lens during the days after the laser eye treatment.</p>
<p>There are significant differences between clinics that you need to be aware of when considering laser eye treatment. Here are four key areas that you should consider before deciding upon which clinic you should trust with your eyes.</p> <p>Experience</p> <p>Essential when considering a laser eye surgery provider BUT be careful. High street clinics claim to have completed many thousands of laser eye treatments but you need actually ask 'how many laser eye treatments has the surgeon who is treating ME performed? And what is the success and complication rate of the surgeon who is planning to undertake my surgery.</p> <p>Reputation</p> <p>Some laser eye clinics have a questionable reputation, others attract patients from all around the world for their specialised laser eye treatments. Ask yourself, how far would you travel to receive laser eye treatment? 10 miles, 100 miles, 1,000 miles? If patients around the world are travelling thousands of miles to receive specialised laser eye treatment then there must be an advantage to visiting that clinic if it is within reasonable reach.</p> <p>Customised Laser eye treatment</p> <p>Again, some clinics will offer different laser eye treatments at different prices, the most comprehensive being the most expensive. Up-selling clinical treatments when it comes to your future vision is not really ethical. The best approach for the patient is for the clinic to recommend the laser eye treatment plan that will deliver the best outcome for the patient in the safest way possible. Choosing the right laser eye treatment is most important as it will determine the quality of the outcome and should never be compromised.</p> <p>Outcomes</p> <p>Have a careful look at clinical outcomes at each clinic you are considering if you wish to understand more clearly the capability and expertise of the clinic.</p> <p>Low to normal prescriptions can usually be treated at most clinics but as soon as a higher or more complex prescription is presented many clinics will either refuse treatment or try and persuade the patient to undergo intra ocular surgery.</p> <p>Clinics that have more advanced technologies, more experienced surgery teams and expertise in specialised <a href="http://www.accuvision.co.uk/laser-eye-treatment.html">laser eye treatment</a> will attract patients from all around the world and be able to deliver very good outcomes for patients.</p>