Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia, is condition in which a person can see objects in the distance clearly, but objects close-by appear to be blurry. There are many effective farsightedness treatments available today, including laser vision correction.
Nonsurgical Farsightedness Treatments
The first treatment for farsightedness is typically glasses or contact lenses. Glasses and contact lenses allow a patient with farsightedness to see clearly at all distances. In the past, many patients did not want to wear glasses because of the poor selection of styles available. Today there is a vast selection of designer frames to choose from. There are also a wide range of different lens types to choose from as well. For patients who prefer to wear contact lenses, there is a substantial selection of different types of contact lenses to choose from, including high definition lenses!
Surgical Farsightedness Treatments: LASIK
LASIK is among the most popular, well-known, most successful, and safest surgical procedures performed today. During LASIK surgery, an excimer laser is used to create a small flap in the surface of the cornea. After the creation of the flap, the excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea. The results achieved through LASIK surgery are immediate and long-lasting. The vast majority of patients who undergo the procedure experience an instant improvement in their vision immediately following surgery. Many patients are able to achieve 20/20 or better after undergoing LASIK. Most patients are able to greatly reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses and contact lenses entirely through LASIK surgery.
Surgical Farsightedness Treatments: PRK
Patients who are not ideal candidates for LASIK surgery may achieve similar results through PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). LASIK surgery is a highly safe and effective procedure for many patients, but not for all. Fortunately, many patients that do not meet the criteria for LASIK surgery are ideal candidates for PRK.
The PRK procedure is similar to LASIK. Like LASIK, an excimer laser is used during PRK to reshape the corneal tissue. The main difference between LASIK and PRK is the process in which the cornea is accessed. During PRK, the epithelium is removed by using brush or a scalpel, or by administering a dilute chemical solution. This is done in order to access the underlying corneal tissue. Once the epithelium has been removed the cornea is reshaped with the excimer laser. The majority of patients that have undergone PRK have experienced successful outcomes. The biggest disadvantage of PRK is the long recovery period. Unlike LASIK, patients do not experience an immediate improvement in vision following PRK. The PRK recovery period is much slower and more uncomfortable than the LASIK recovery period.
Surgical Farsightedness Treatments: Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
In the case where a patient’s farsightedness is too severe to be successfully treated with LASIK surgery, implantable contact lens or ICLs may be recommended. Implantable contact lens take the place of glasses or traditional contact lenses. One of the advantages of implantable contact lenses is that the eye’s natural lens is not removed. Because of this, an implantable contact lens can be removed at any time. During the procedure, the eyes are numbed using a local anesthetic. An incision is then made in the eye and the implantable contact lens is inserted, after which the incision is sutured closed. The entire procedure takes only 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
To meet the unique needs of every patient, the eye care specialists of Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye & Cosmetic Centre in Toronto offer a wide range of farsightedness treatments. To learn more about farsightedness treatments, please schedule a complimentary consultation today.