New Eye Implants Offer Perfect Vision.

Hi,

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Remember my previous flirtation with laser eye correction?

I ended up cancelling my appointment for the laser operation because I had continued doing research on the procedure and had become concerned upon a few points.

Two years previously I had been diagnosed as having the beginnings of catatract formation in both eyes, which was a nasty surpise.

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One of my main concerns was that although the laser operation would improve my eyesight at the present time, it would do nothing to prevent my cataracts developing further.

This would most probably leave me needing a further operation in the future to correct that problem.

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I had read all about the worries concerning laser results in America, where there have been calls to discontinue doing the procedure .

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There are experts who say that once the laser operation has been carried out, it can compromise the overall strength of the eye surface permanently.

There are also worries that the removal of some cells from the eye in that fashion can cause refractive problems if a patient requires a later cataract operation to correct vision.

I know that I could be unusually fussy but laser did not seem to me to be a sensible option, because it might cause future difficulties with a far more necessary procedure that would enable me to stop going blind, should the cataracts keep developing into a worse case scenario

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I find this new innovation a very much more suitable concept in that it will be only one operation and can deal with both the cataracts and my extreme short-sightedness in only the one invasive procedure.

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At my age it seemed best to leave the laser treatment alone because of the far more important concerns about being able to see in the future and not risking the outcome of what would be an unavoidable operation if I am going blind eventually.

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New innovations happen faster and faster nowadays and I am relieved that I was cautious, although I am sure that everyone thought I was just a cowardy-custard!

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Well there is now a new procedure which has been carried out in the UK for the first time by an Ophthalmic Surgeon by the name of Bobby Qureshi.

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This operation can be used to correct cataracts and age related short-sightedness.

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A light sensitive silicone lens is used, which is placed into the eye by a near standard cataract procedure.

The new lens is a light adjustable lens (LAL).

The intraocular lens implants (IOL) are used in the UK at present.

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The amazing part of this new procedure with the LAL lens, is what happens after the operation has taken place

For a period of some weeks  after the procedure, the surgeon can finely tune the lens several times, in order to adjust the vision until it is perfect.

The changes can be done with such accuracy that the lens can even be made bifocal or varifocal.

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The adjustments are made by shining an ultra violet light on the specific parts of the lens, carrying out these minute adjustments  over a period of days.

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Once perfect vision is obtained the lens is fixed permanently with a last blast of light.

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Optical glasses will not be needed afterwards as the patient’s vision will be improved to better than 20/20 vision.

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This procedure has been on trial in the United States for about two years.

It has also been done in Germany.

The London Eye Hospital is offering the lenses here for the first time.

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The lenses cost £600 each and the full cost of the operation is about £3,000 per eye

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The vision is able to be improved to more than 20/20 vision because of the repeated adjustments that can be made over a period of weeks.

These frequent sessions to tailor the LOL lens to each individual eye, also allow the natural imperfections found in the eye to be adjusted too, which has not been possible before.

Industry analysts say that the older IOL lenses were used in approaching  half a million operations carried out world-wide last year, but because the lenses are not able to be tailored to the patient’s vision afterwards, about 80% percent of the people still needed reading glasses afterwards.

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After the initial operation the patients must wear sunglasses until the fine tuning is completed and the lenses have been permanently fixed.

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So, not only do you get perfect vision but you also get to look like a rock star until it is all over!

What a wonderful innovation this seems to be.

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If I do get really bad vision then this should be quite a commonplace operation by then.

Excellent!

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J.

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2 Responses to “New Eye Implants Offer Perfect Vision.”

  1. alan says:

    Hi Jaksie

    I find this subject very interesting because I had an op for a cataract in the summer in our local Clinique here in France. I had not asked and thought it would be by laser. It was apparently a simple form of surgery with a lot of water washing about. It was only when the surgeon said to me (yes I was ‘awake’ ) we are just putting in the new lense that I knew it was different. The lense was made in Houston Texas and I carry an identity card for this lense .
    The op was quick and painless but I do not notice a lot of change with my vision. I will know more when I see the Ophthalmo next March. Please keep me posted.

    Alan

  2. Jaksie says:

    Hi Alan,
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    Thank you for your comment,it is indeed a fascinating subject.
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    It would seem probable that you were given the normal form of replacement IOL lens for the treatment of cataracts.
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    It removes the vision problem caused by the cataract and hopefully gives clear sight again but the eye is unchanged with regard to the prescription quality of sight.
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    If you needed glasses before, then you would most probably need to think about new glasses or contacts once the eye has healed.
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    The new lenses are the LAL type.
    If you had been given these then you would have been wearing sunglasses for a few weeks afterwards and the surgeon would have fine tuned them during the two or three weeks after the operation took place.
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    I hope that your eyes keep on improving as they heal.
    These things do take time and we are all different.
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    If I do find out any relevant stuff….and obviously I do keep looking….I will put out another blog.
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    Jaksie.
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