For people with myopia, or nearsightedness, wearing glasses or contact lenses may have become a standard element of daily life. However, nearsightedness can be effectively and permanently treated with corrective surgery from Dr. Bernitsky.
What Causes Nearsightedness
In myopia, the shape of the cornea or the length of the eyeball affects the way that light is refracted from the lens to the retina. The result is vision that is clear at close distances but becomes blurry when looking at objects further away. Glasses and contact lenses can modify the way light is refracted, correcting the blurry vision, but surgical options provide a permanent solution.
Vision Correction Options for Myopia
There are three main surgical options for correcting nearsightedness:
The LASIK procedure involves re-shaping the cornea to redirect light so that it focuses on retina. LASIK at Bernitsky Vision is completed using the highly precise Ziemer Z4 laser, a procedure that eliminates the use of manual bladed instruments and produces highly accurate and reproducible results.
Another option available to patients with myopia is the ICL, or implantable contact lens. An ICL is made of collamer, a highly biocompatible material, which is implanted in the eye just behind the iris. Once implanted, it cannot be seen or felt by the patient.
ICL treatments can correct very high levels of nearsightedness, and they are an excellent option for patients who would otherwise be poor LASIK candidates due to thin cornea, excessive dry eye, high levels of correction and other factors. Because there is no damage to the native structure of the eye associated with ICL, the implant can be removed or replaced if necessary for future corrections.
Refractive lens exchange, or RLE, can be used to treat farsightedness in people over the age of 40. However, it can also be useful in some cases of myopia under very specific circumstances. In RLE, the patient’s own lens is removed and replaced with another that will correct vision. Like LASIK, this procedure can be done with computer-guided lasers at Bernitsky Vision.
Choosing the Vision Correction that’s Right for You
Every patient has unique needs, and not all patients are good candidates for every treatment. However, with modern technological innovations, more options are available to you than ever before. Dr. Bernitsky can help you understand your treatment options and develop a plan that will be right for your eyes, your budget and your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.