Our alternatives to Laser Eye surgery
Not everyone is suitable for laser eye surgery; we’ll let you know if you’re more suitable for non-laser vision correction at your first appointment with us. The Wellington Eye Centre offers a variety of non-laser vision correction options to fix the widest range of visual errors possible.
Who isn’t suitable for laser eye surgery? If you’re very long or short-sighted or if you have thin corneas, you may not be suitable for laser eye surgery because of the increased risk of poor vision results. Instead try one of our newer treatments, which involve either inserting an artificial lens inside the eye, or replacing the existing lens of the eye with an artificial lens.
Non-laser vision correction options
Phakic intraocular lenses (IOL)
If you're very short-sighted, tired of contact lenses and thick glasses, and at least 21 years old, consider phakic intraocular lenses (IOL). This procedure is also suitable for those with thin corneas where laser eye surgery would remove too much corneal tissue. Used widely throughout the world, more than 150,000 procedures have been successfully performed, proving its safety, effectiveness and predictability.
Clear lens extraction (CLE) with intraocular lens insert
Suitable for treating both long and short sight, this procedure involves removing the existing lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. This is the best option for older patients with extreme short-sight or if you are developing an early cataract. This 20–30-minute procedure is very safe and you can enjoy excellent, stable vision within just a few days.
CLE with insertion of multifocal intraocular lenses
This procedure is very similar to CLE (above), with the difference being that the lens inserted is multifocal. Usually the IOL inserted after CLE surgery has a single focus point, which means it can’t give good distance and near vision at the same time – but multifocal IOLs can.
Multifocal IOLs are more expensive than single focus IOLs but you’ll be given a summary of costs of the different options if you’re considering CLE.
As a result of this procedure, about 90% of patients no longer need glasses for near or distance vision. Not every patient is suitable for these lenses - the most suitable candidates are older, long-sighted people who wish to get out of glasses or who have early cataracts.
Contact us to book an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists to find out if you are suitable for CLE with multifocal lens insertion.