Eye Conditions treated at Hunter Laser Vision

 

People suffer from four types of refractive eye problems:

•  Myopia (short-sightedness)
•  Hypermetropia (long-sightedness)
•  Astigmatism
•  Presbyopia

A refractive error occurs when light entering the eye is not precisely focused on the retina at the back of the eye, causing blurred vision. Normally, light rays passing through the cornea, pupil, and lens are focused directly on the retina, allowing you to perceive objects clearly.

Myopic patients experience vision that is clear for close objects but blurred in the distance. This is caused by a cornea that is too steep for the length of the eye, causing light rays to focus in front of the retina.

Treatment for Myopia

Myopia is most often corrected with glasses or contact lenses, but laser refractive surgery provides you with an alternative. The two most common laser treatments for myopia we offer at Hunter Laser Vision are LASIK and PRK. Both procedures are safe and highly effective. You will need a consultation to determine if these procedures are right for you. This will depend on a number of factors including your prescription, eye health, age and lifestyle. If you aren’t eligible for LASIK or PRK you may be suitable for one of our intraocular lens-based procedures.

Hypermetropic patients may see distant objects reasonably clearly, but have increasing difficulty with near objects. The opposite of myopia, hypermetropia occurs due to a cornea that is relatively flat, causing light to focus behind the retina.

Treatment for Hypermetropia

Hypermetropia is most often corrected with glasses or contact lenses, but laser refractive surgery provides you with an alternative. The two most common laser treatments for hypermetropia we offer at Hunter Laser Vision are LASIK and PRK. Both procedures are safe and highly effective. You will need a consultation to determine if these procedures are right for you. This will depend on a number of factors including your prescription, eye health, age and lifestyle. If you aren’t eligible for LASIK or PRK you may be suitable for one of our intraocular lens-based procedures.

Astigmatism causes blurred vision at all distances. This is caused by a “rugby ball” shaped cornea where light rays are focused both behind and in front of the retina.

Treatment for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is most often corrected with glasses or contact lenses, but laser refractive surgery provides you with an alternative. The two most common laser treatments for astigmatism we offer at Hunter Laser Vision are LASIK and PRK. Both procedures are safe and highly effective. You will need a consultation to determine if these procedures are right for you. This will depend on a number of factors including your prescription, eye health, age and lifestyle. If your astigmatism is quite severe we may suggest astigmatic keratotomy, which can be used alone or combined with LASIK.  Intraocular lens-based procedures are also used for some patients.

Presbyopic patients experience a decline in their ability to focus on near objects, due to a natural loss of elasticity of the lens. It is a common age-related condition, which is usually first noticed with reading deterioration or reliance on reading glasses, regardless of distance clarity.

Treatment for Presbyopia

Presbyopia is most commonly corrected with reading glasses, as well as bifocal or varifocal glasses or contact lenses. Laser refractive surgery provides you with an alternative. Two of the most commonly used laser treatments for presbyopia are LASIK and PRK. Both procedures are safe and highly effective. If you aren’t suitable for laser treatment we can perform an intraocular lens procedure.  Some patients are suitable for an intraocular lens implant who suffer from presbyopia and these can be very effective in treating the need for reading glasses.