I must say that it’s amazing, the range of options available to people with vision problems now. Of course, laser eye surgery is pretty well known – it’s suitable for many people, but not for everyone.
A typical patient I have that would suit LASIK would be someone in their late 20’s or early 30’s who are sick of wearing glasses or contact lenses. A lot of them have confidence issues.
If they’re not right for LASIK – their cornea might be too delicate, for example – there are other procedures that we can offer them. It’s rare that we can’t find a laser vision correction solution for someone.
And refractive lens exchange (RLE) is another revolutionary alternative that can be appropriate for a wide range of ages, from 45 year olds to those aged 80+. Which means we now have octogenarians having better eyesight than many younger people.
On a daily basis, I’ll be helping younger patients, from around 20 to 45 year olds, with LASIK, which uses laser to re-shape their cornea. Or, RLE for older patients, which b basically means they get a whole new lens – it’s not quite as good as having a young person’s perfect vision, but it’s often pretty close. In fact, many people don’t need to wear glasses at all after RLE. How good is that?
Cataract surgery has come a long way, and it’s been interesting to watch the developments in technology. It’s now one of the most common surgical procedures in the world, and the results are pretty predictable. Patients are in and out of our day surgery within around 3 hours.
Cataract surgery is also like a refractive lens exchange – the new lens in the eye often means the patient doesn’t need to wear glasses, or at least reduces their dependancy on glasses.