Surgery to improve eyesight, often called “refractive surgery” or “vision correction,” offers patients freedom from glasses or contact lenses. Two common types are laser eye surgery and lens replacement surgery. Both have high success rates, with over 99% of patients satisfied. The choice depends on factors like age, budget, eyesight, eye health, and lifestyle.

Laser Eye Surgery

Uses lasers to reshape the cornea, treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Generally for those aged 18+ with stable vision for 2 years. Options include:

1. LASIK: Creates a corneal flap with a laser, reshaping the cornea, and repositioning the flap.

2. SMILE: A newer, precise method creating a small incision to reshape the cornea.

3. Surface Laser Treatments: Remove the outer corneal layer before reshaping it.

Common side effects include temporary discomfort, dry eyes, and minor visual disturbances.

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Lens Replacement Surgery


1. Phakic Intraocular Lens Implantation (PIOL): Implants artificial lenses while retaining natural ones, suitable for younger individuals with high prescriptions or astigmatism.

2. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE): Removes the natural lens and replaces it with an artificial one, often for older individuals with high prescriptions or early cataracts.

Risks include temporary visual disturbances and discomfort, though severe complications are rare.

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Choosing the Right Option

Depends on factors like age, eye health, and lifestyle. Consulting with an eye surgeon is crucial to determine the most suitable procedure and understand the associated risks.

At Precision Vision Care, we offer comprehensive assessments and personalised treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. Contact us today for clearer vision without glasses or contacts.