Hi, it’s Matt Russell from VSON Laser Vision Specialists. So many people wonder, “Am I eligible for laser eye surgery? In this blog post, I’ll give you a few ideas on how to find out.
Advances in laser eye surgery technology mean that the majority of people are eligible for laser eye surgery. In the past, people used to think that you had to have a certain prescription. But nowadays, we can treat virtually all prescriptions with laser eye surgery.
The limits that the current technology can treat is long-sightedness up to around plus four, right down to the other end of the spectrum, which is short-sightedness up to minus 12. Now that’s a massive range, and most patients fall within that range.
If you don’t fall into that range, we also have new alternative technologies. For example, with ICL lens implant technology, we can treat up to minus 20 and up to eight to nine units of astigmatism. What the patient experiences is not hugely dissimilar to having laser eye surgery.
It’s very rare for a patient to come and see a modern refractive surgeon nowadays and for them to be turned away. That’s really rare.
In terms of astigmatism, when people say, “Oh, I have too much astigmatism to have laser eye surgery”, actually 99.9% of the time, they are wrong. We can treat up to four units of astigmatism. Some lasers can even treat up to five units of astigmatism. If you’ve got more than five units of astigmatism, you are off the scale. That’s incredibly rare.
To learn more about laser eye surgery and discover which eye treatment is best to free you from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, book a free laser vision assessment today.