Correction of near-sightedness - laser treatment and alternatives

Correction of near-sightedness - laser treatment and alternatives

If you recognize nearby objects clearly but have difficulty deciphering road signs a certain distance away, you are probably near-sighted.  You may have far-sightedness or hyperopia. Near-sightedness or myopia is actually not a disease, only the result of excessively high refractive power of the eye. Eyeglasses or contact lenses with “minus” lenses can correct for almost any near-sightedness with relatively little effort.

Nearsightedness often occurs even in school-age children. Frequently the degree of near-sightedness increases during the growth phase. This may require frequent changes in eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Once the eye is full-grown—generally around the age of 18 years—near-sightedness can be corrected permanently—by laser treatment.

In the laser treatment, part of the anterior cornea is removed. This changes the optical characteristics of the cornea. Modern high-precision equipment can adjust the refractive power of the eye so exactly that one will see perfectly again.

In laser treatment, first a surface area of the cornea is cut open and flapped away. Then the middle layer is stripped off by the laser. Following thorough irrigation, the corneal surface is flapped back. The operation is practically painless. Since the laser light has a wavelength that is not detectable by the human eye, the optical laser is not noticed at all.

The team at the Vienna Private Clinic will be happy to give you detailed information about appropriate treatment for your near-sightedness.

You can get more detailed information via our telephone Infoline or by e-mail. All contact information is available on our Contact page.