Who is a good candidate for laser eye surgery?
Knowing if you’re a good candidate for laser eye surgery depends on whether you’re happy with the current methods that you used to correct your eyesight with using glasses or contact lenses. If you find that they interfere with what you want to do. So for example, if you have hobbies such as swimming or other activities where it makes glasses difficult to wear. In this case, sure, you should consider some form of surgical solution to those problems. Laser eye surgery uses a cold, high-precision laser beam. The laser is programmed to remove a microscopic layer of the cornea. The laser alters the cornea’s curvature to correct your spectacle or contact lens prescription.
And people who, for example, like me, I don’t need glasses for looking in the distance I just use them for reading, then maybe that kind of surgery is not appropriate. But if I have a problem where I can’t see without glasses for the distance before reading, then surgery provides an extremely good option for dealing with that problem.
More about Paul Rosen
Paul Rosen is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at The Grange Eye Consultants. His special expertise is in laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, and the treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal diseases. He has over 20 years experience in treating people with eye problems. Paul is invited to lecture on cataract and refractive surgery both nationally and internationally. He leads clinical trials investigating novel eye treatments. Paul has served as the President of the UK and Ireland Society of Refractive Surgeons and is currently the President of the European Society of Corneal and Refractive Surgery. More recently I’d been appointed as a member of the NICE Cataract Guidelines Committee and also on the Refractive Surgery Subcommittee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.