Laser refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, SMILE) is still the best method for most younger patients (<40 years of age) seeking to be free from glasses and Eye Surgeons SA currently doesn't offer that type of procedure. Some patients, however, are unsuitable for laser corneal resurfacing and therefore require surgery inside the eye to improve their vision without glasses or contact lenses. 

Patients who are much better suited to surgery than laser include those with very high glasses scripts: e.g. more than -10.0 of short sightednesss or more than +3.0 of long sightedness. Other patients who are unsuitable for LASIK include those with severe dry eye or a thin cornea. 

Any refractive eye surgery requires lengthy discussion about your aims, the limits of the surgery and the risks involved

The price of refractive surgery (in the absence of cataract) is around $3000 per eye, depending on the type of lens that you choose to have inserted. 

Types of surgery available:

Intraocular lens insertion: inserting a thin lens inside the eye to correct your vision. This is most suited to short sighted (myopic) patients less than 40 years of age. It can also be performed in patients who have previously had cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. 

Refractive lens exchange: removal of the natural lens and the placement of a new lens that corrects the vision. It is the same procedure as cataract surgery, but it is performed before cataract has developed. This is usually the procedure of choice for very long sighted patients (more than +5.0) of any age but it can also be performed for other patients over the age of 40 wishing to improve their vision.


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