Blended Vision or Monovision has been utilised for many years as a reliable strategy to achieve the ability to perform near and distance tasks without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. It is a term coined for those whose non-dominant eye is intentionally focused for near to reduce or sometimes remove the need for visual hardware for close range tasks such as using a mobile phone, reading, sewing and computer work, while concurrently leaving the dominant eye focused for distance tasks such as driving and watching cinema or the T.V.
Blended vision can be achieved with Laser Vision Correction or via Lens Exchange and offers a more permanent solution for those who want to be able to perform both distance and near tasks free from visual hardware.
The three most commonly performed types of laser eye surgery are;
- LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) – Two lasers are utilised – the first laser called the Intralase creates the flap and the second laser is used to reshape central part of the cornea. This is suited to a wider range of prescriptions and can correct long-sightedness, short-sightedness and/or astigmatism.
- PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) – The laser is used directly on the outer most layer of the cornea to reshape it and is suited for long-sightedness, short-sightedness and/or astigmatism
- SMILE (Small incision lenticule extraction) – Suited for moderate to high amounts of short-sightedness but is not suited to correcting long-sightedness. The laser is used to create a small disc within the cornea that is then removed through a small incision.
Each type having their own advantages and disadvantages, risks limitations and side effects. Regardless of which procedure you are best suited for it is of utmost importance to choose an experienced surgeon who will tailor the procedure and utilises the latest technology to achieve optimal results for you.
They say 40 is the new 30 but turning forty means the beginning of changes – eyes are no exception…
Presbyopia – age related farsightedness – Lens dysfunction – the arms are getting too short syndrome – the glasses on glasses off game – can’t read the menu – whatever the description, presbyopia is the gradual loss of the ability to focus for near tasks.
Starting for most from the age of 40 presbyopia results in the need to rely on reading glasses for near tasks such as reading, knitting, sewing, using the computer, mobile phone, shopping and even simple tasks such as reading a menu. For those who have never required or relied on spectacles, the sudden need to wear “reading glasses” may be onerous or inconvenient or worse yet some may become symptomatic suffering from eye strain that can cause migraines or headaches.
Removing the need for reading glasses via Laser Vision Correction (LASIK, PRK) or Clear lens extraction is a definite possibility for those who want to alleviate the need for glasses to perform near tasks.
Cataract is the clouding over of the crystalline lens and Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in Australia. With people living longer and remain active for longer, an increasing number are opting to have treatment sooner rather than later.
No longer do people wait for cataracts to “ripen” and vision to deteriorate and impede from performing tasks before having surgery. The combination of technology has improved safety and precision allowing patients are not only able to see clearer, but also relatively independent for visual hardware for most activities.
At Hunter Street Eye Specialists in Parramatta, Dr Ridia Lim and Dr Peter Sumich utilise the most advanced surgical techniques, state of the art equipment and use the latest Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL’s) to correct long-sightedness, short-sightedness and astigmatism.
Seeing clearer without the need for visual hardware whilst removing Cataracts is now a possibility.
A Cataract is a clouding over of the crystalline lens that can cause blurry vision and glare sensitivity from lights particularly at night. If a cataract is affecting you performing normal activities, then you may need to consider having Cataract Surgery.
Cataract surgery involves removal of the crystalline lens and replacing it with a silicone/acrylic intraocular lens (IOL). These IOL’s serve not only to provide clearer vision but can also provide a reduction in spectacle dependence.
Choose a Qualified, Experienced Ophthalmologist who utilises the latest technique and technology – it is best to speak to your local optometrist or GP for a referral or ask family & friends if they have had any experiences or know anyone they would recommend. See https://www.huntereye.com.au/about-our_doctors.php for information about our Ophthalmologists.
Choosing a trusted and experienced surgeon is the beginning to achieving a successful outcome.
PRK and iLasik are completely blade free procedures and can be customised to treat your eyes, whether you are longsighted, shortsighted, astigmatic or a combination.
Every eye is as unique as a fingerprint and should be treated as such.
At Hunter Street Eye Specialists we have adopted a personalised approach to laser vision correction – from the very first eye assessment, through to the procedure and post treatment. Wavescan eye mapping allows us to create a map that is specific to your eyes prior to treatment allowing individualized vision correction via PRK or LASIK.
With an Experienced Surgeon, Realistic Expectations and Innovative technology you can achieve clear vision and freedom from visual hardware.
Through Cataract Surgery, Patients now have the opportunity not only to remove cataracts but also to correct their vision.
Cataract removal and insertion of an intraocular lens allows for the correction of longsightedness, shortsightedness, and even astigmatism and ultimately reduce the need for visual hardware to see clearer for most activities.
With a myriad of corrective refractive options, there are now very few people that are unsuitable for vision correction surgery, however the most important choice is still choosing the right Surgeon.
Choosing a trusted and experienced surgeon is the beginning to achieving a successful outcome. Dr Peter Sumich and Dr Ridia Lim can help in correcting vision and reduce dependency on visual hardware to achieve clear vision.
LASIK for those who are suitable, is still the preferred and most reliable form of corneal refractive treatment and together with femtosecond laser and wavefront guided laser treatment, it is still the treatment of choice.
Compared with the need to purchase visual hardware over a lifetime, the one off upfront cost of Laser eye surgery is still more cost effective.