New short sightedness technique "better than laser eye surgery"

New short sightedness technique "better than laser eye surgery"

Experts in the UK have claimed that a new technique for correcting short-sightedness may be more effective than laser eye surgery.

Specialists at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London pointed out that the preferred corrective procedure for people wanting to avoid wearing glasses has been excimer laser refractive surgery, but a new alternative is the insertion of phakic intraocular lenses (IOLs).

Lead author Allon Barsam said that the new procedure is different to laser eye surgery, as it uses a synthetic lens inserted in front of the natural lens.

"Our findings suggest phakic IOLs are safer than excimer laser surgery for correcting moderate to high levels of short-sightedness. It could be worth considering phakic IOL treatment over the more common laser surgery," he suggested.

The study follows research presented at a recent Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, which claims that a special contact lens may reduce the progress of myopia by fully correcting the central vision.

by Emily Tait

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