Enhancement Procedure for Laser Eye Surgery

Every surgical procedure carries the risk of complications and undesirable outcomes. Laser eye surgery is no different as it too can have problems. Following treatment you may not experience the vision you had wished for, for example your eyesight could be under or over corrected. In these circumstances, you will still need corrective eyewear, as you will either have myopia or hyperopia. When this occurs following surgery, you may wish to have treatment, to try and re-correct your vision. This is called enhancement surgery and aims to get your vision as close to perfect as possible.

The outcome of your first operation will determine whether you are suitable for enhancement surgery. If your cornea is still thick enough to undergo another LASIK procedure then the surgeon may opt to do that. If however the cornea has become too thin following the first operation, you may have to have either LASEK or PRK to try and correct the problem. Unfortunately some clinics do not offer this treatment in their aftercare packages, so it is vital that you check they do prior to having surgery. If they don’t offer enhancement treatment, you will have to pay for the second round of surgery, which is often very expensive.

Some laser eye surgery clinics will offer a free enhancement procedure if the desired outcome has not been obtained in the initial laser eye surgery procedure. This is often the case if the eye has been over or under corrected. Ask the laser eye surgery clinic, if enhancement procedures are included, before you proceed with the initial laser treatment.

There are a number of corrective procedures available for you if you suffer from presbyopia. It is a very common condition and one of the most commonly used surgical procedures to correct the problem is clear lens exchange or CLE. This procedure involves removal of you own lens which is unable to focus images that are close to the eye. The surgeon who performs the operation usually makes a small incision in the side of your eye, which allows him to access the lens and safely remove it. Once the lens is removed, your vision will become blurry until the new lens is added in. There are a number of different replacement lenses available, the best one at the moment being true or accommodative intra-occular lenses. This procedure is relatively quick and simple.

There are also a number of other procedures that can correct presbyopia. These include laser blended vision, which uses a laser to reshape your cornea, so that it may once again focus images from objects that are close to you. Other less common procedures are monovision, which corrects one of your eyes for looking at objects that are close, whilst leaving the other to focus images from afar. This surgery does not suit everyone as it takes a while to adjust . A relatively new procedure known as conductive keratoplasty is being used to help patients who suffer from presbyopia. Just like laser blended vision, it involves using a laser to help shrink the cornea, allowing you to focus images from objects that are close to you once more.

All these corrective procedures are covered in detail in later sections on blended vision for presbyopia, however the next section will cover some of the long term effects of laser vision correction.   

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