18.05.2010

Plastic lens "safer than eye surgery"

Plastic lens "safer than eye surgery"

By Adrian Galbreth

A new treatment for myopia which involves implanting plastic lenses in the eye may be a safer alternative to laser surgery, according to a new study.

Research carried out by Moorfields Eye Hospital in London found that patients who underwent the lens implant had a substantial improvement in their eyesight, equal to that of those who had laser eye surgery.

In addition, plastic lenses also resulted in better contrast sensitivity, which is the ability to clearly see objects which do not stand out clearly from their background.

Royal College of Ophthalmologists spokesman Milind Pande told the Daily Mail: "I would only use them on someone with moderate myopia if, for some reason, they were not suitable for laser treatment."

It follows research carried out by the French Society of Ophthalmology, and seen by OSN, which claims that gas-permeable scleral contact lenses could benefit keratoconus patients who are intolerant of traditional rigid lenses, along with people suffering from ocular surface diseases.

by Martin Burns


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