What is nearsightedness?
Myopia or nearsightedness occurs when the eyeball is slightly longer than average. As a consequence, the distance between the cornea and the retina is too big and the focal point of light entering the eye falls somewhere in the vitreous chamber. Hence, the eyeball bundles the light in front of the retina instead of directly on the retina. The degree of nearsightedness is expressed as a negative number, e.g. -6 dioptres. Laser eye treatment for nearsightedness allows you to enjoy a sharp distance vision again without glasses or contact lenses.
Laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery can efficiently treat nearsightedness by flattening the cornea. This changes the position of the focal point inside the eye and places it directly on the retina.
In general, laser eye treatment for nearsightedness is possible in the following cases:
- Myopic error between 0 and -8 dioptres
- Errors above -8 dioptres, depending on the thickness of the cornea
- Stable refraction of 1 year, preferably 3 years
Lens exchange as an alternative treatment
Laser eye surgery is not the only treatment for nearsightedness. You could also opt for refractive lens exchange. During this treatment, we do not touch the retina. People who do not qualify for laser eye surgery because of e.g. a retina that is too thin, may therefore qualify for a lens exchange.
Refractive lens exchange is a very effective treatment for nearsightedness. This type of surgery is one of the safest and most perfected surgeries within ophthalmology. Refractive lens exchange can also treat higher errors (> -8) compared to laser eye surgery.
An intraocular lens has a certain refractive power. Before a surgery is performed, we always carry out an eye test. This test allows us to precisely determine the necessary prescription. As Medifocus carries out these tests by means of laser technology, the results are always very reliable.
Would you like to learn more about refractive lens exchange or laser eye treatment for nearsightedness? Do not hesitate to contact our clinic. You can also always schedule an appointment by phone at +32 16 585958. During a thorough preliminary examination, we determine whether or not you qualify for any of our treatments.