Laser vision correction can restore spectacle independence to those who have a refractive error and currently need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.
A refractive error is an inability of the eye to focus light in the absence of any other cause of poor vision. Instead of relying on glasses or contact lenses, modern lasers can be used to reshape the cornea so that clear focusing is returned to the eye, resulting in better unaided vision.
Laser eye surgery can be used to treat myopia (short sightedness), hypermetropia (long sightedness) and astigmatism. Laser vision correction is not only suitable for young people. Increasingly those in middle and older age are undergoing laser vision correction to return a degree of reading vision which they may have lost.
If you are considering laser vision correction a number of tests will be performed to assess your suitability. Many factors are considered, and it is important to remember that even if it is not possible to treat your refractive error using laser surgery there may be other surgical options available to give you the spectacle independence you desire.