Refractive Surgery

The common refractive errors are:

  • Myopia (short-sightedness)
  • Hypermetropia (long-sightedness)
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia (difficutly reading after about 45 years of age)

Treatment options for refractive error include spectacles, contact lenses and a growing number of surgical procedures. Treatment is individualised and depends on your age, refractive status (are you long or short-sighted) and your visual requirements.

Eye surgeons may use lens-exchange surgery as a way of treating refractive errors. The eye’s own natural lens is replaced by an intraocular lens implant, the power can be chosen to suit each individual eye. The highly refined modern cataract surgical technique is combined with recent advances in sophisticated implant technology to provide predictable results. Patients can achieve relative independence from their glasses or contact lenses, and not have to have cataract surgery later in life. Alternatively a lens may be inserted inside your eye to work in conjunction with your own crystalline lens. We can advise you if you are a suitable candidate for any of these procedures.

We do not perform LASIK at Eye Specialists but can advise you if you are suited to this procedure.