Refractive surgery describes a group of procedures where surgery is used to correct the focus of vision as an alternative to spectacles or contact lenses. Refractive surgery is best suited to those who wear contact lenses or spectacles all the time, and can take the form of laser treatment to reshape the front of the eye, or early lens replacement surgery to alter the power of the eye by inserting an artificial lens.
Originally refractive surgery could only be done on a limited group of people, however advancements in technology now make it a more viable solution for those with a larger range of optical prescriptions. These surgeries give speedy results with minimal pain, however it’s still not suitable for everyone.
Reputable eye surgeons emphasize that not all patients will attain 20/20 vision depending on various factors including the severity of the vision problem to begin with and some patients may still require glasses or contact lenses after surgery.
At Beckenham Optometrist we work closely with world leading refractive surgeons to assess suitability and then provide followup after surgery.