Being prepared for your initial laser eye surgery appointment will help you comfortably make the decision whether to go ahead with the procedure. We've put together some notes for things to consider and discuss with your surgeon.
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In a world first, over an 18 month period, high school children in the Wellington region were given the opportunity to have their eyes tested for keratoconus, a degenerative and potentially serious eye disease.
Start a new decade with 20/20 vision in 2020. If you’re looking into having laser eye surgery in New Zealand, chances are that the cost is one of your main concerns. Along with considering the long term benefits of this life changing procedure compared to the on-going upkeep of glasses and contact lenses, you may wish to compare different clinic prices and what they offer.
Having cataract surgery when you have had previous Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery offers some challenges. The traditional formulas used to calculate the new lens power are inaccurate. Special attention to using the correct equipment to measure the cornea such as Pentacam and ATLAS topographers and using adjusted formulas are necessary to get the best result after cataract surgery.
Laser refractive surgery is intended to be a once-only permanent correction for focusing errors. The laser changes the shape of the cornea adjusting your focus in the same way as wearing contact lenses or glasses. When your eyes have fully recovered, the changes made to your cornea are permanent and completely stable.
Recovery from Laser Eye Surgery is generally incredibly quick and trouble free and to make sure that everything is going to plan, we arrange a series of postoperative appointments (all included in the cost of your surgical package) for the first 12 months
Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed today. It is very safe and recovery is quick. The aim of surgery is to restore your vision (particularly distance vision) as much as possible. Your surgeon removes the cloudy natural lens of your eye (cataract) and replaces it with a new intraocular lens (IOL).
If, like many of us, you require vision correction for a problem like myopia (short sightedness), hypermetropia (long sightedness) or astigmatism, there are three main options available - glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery.
You can work out that Laser Eye Surgery is a cost effective option when compared to the lifetime cost of wearing glasses and/or contact lenses. And while you can break down the question financially - only you really know the day-to-day hassle that you face with wearing glasses and contacts.
Many people are enjoying the freedom from wearing glasses both for near and distance vision by choosing to have monovision lenses implanted with their cataract surgery. Monovison has been widely used in surgical cataract practice for more than 3 decades with high client satisfaction rates.
Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) is one of the most popular refractive surgeries available because it is a safe and trusted treatment that gives you freedom from the hassle of wearing glasses and contact lenses.
No more inconvenience of playing sport or swimming with contact lenses, wearing glasses to drive or changing them to reading glasses to see the computer.
If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. 20/20 vision is the term used to express normal visual acuity. Laser eye surgery (LASIK) is the best way to correct your eyesight to achieve 20/20 vision or better again.
A corneal transplant is a surgical procedure to replace part of your damaged cornea with healthy corneal tissue from a donor. A corneal transplant is sometimes called a cornea graft or keratoplasty. A corneal transplant is often recommended to restore vision in a damaged cornea, to reduce pain, or to improve the appearance of a damaged or diseased cornea.
Kerarings also called ‘corneal implants’ or ‘intra-corneal ring segments’ are a surgical treatment for keratoconus. The small, clear semi-circular rings are inserted at the edge of the cornea. They flatten the distorted cone shape of the cornea returning it to a more normal curve, improving vision so glasses and/or contact lenses are easier to tolerate.
The cost of Laser Eye Surgery in New Zealand has remained relatively stable in the past year with prices ranging from $3050 - $3580 per eye. Prices vary within the cities and some clinics depending upon the type of laser refractive surgery being offered. All clinics offer affordable finance options for payment.
Corneal Cross-Linking adds cross links or ‘cross beams” to the cornea, making it more stable and preventing further progression of Keratoconus. The new crosslinks help strengthen and stabilise the cornea which stops the thinning process and further loss of vision.
Keratoconus is a weakness in the cornea (the clear dome-shaped window at the front of your eye). The normal curvature of the cornea becomes distorted and a cone-shaped bulge develops. This causes irregular astigmatism and poor vision. Treatment includes glasses, contact lenses, corneal cross-linking and corneal transplant.
Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) are an alternative to Laser Eye Surgery for people with high myopia (nearsightedness) or irregular cornea topography. Staar Visian ICL Lenses are a form of phakic intraocular lenses that function just like contact lenses to correct nearsightedness.
Treating pterygia varies depending on the size, nature and symptoms of the pterygium. The two main treatments are the use of eye drops and surgery. When symptoms persist despite medical treatment, surgical removal of the pterygium may be required.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a laser procedure used to treat glaucoma by reducing the pressure in the eye. It can be used as initial treatment, instead of eye drop medications, or as additional treatment when medications do not adequately reduce your eye pressure.
YAG Laser peripheral iridotomy is the standard first line treatment in closed angle glaucoma and eyes that are at risk of developing this condition. This procedure helps to treat or prevent angle-closure glaucoma.
YAG eye laser can treat posterior capsule opacity safely, effectively and painlessly. A YAG laser capsulotomy is a simple laser procedure used to make an opening in the cloudy capsule that allows light to pass through it again, helping you see clearly.
Symptoms that you may be developing a cataract are cloudy or blurry vision, seeing colours as faded, increased sensitivity to glare, halos surrounding lights, poor night vision and a need for a frequent change in prescription glasses. You may have cataracts in both eyes, but they don’t always develop at the same time.
Due to advancements in ophthalmic surgery techniques and the technology of the intraocular lens (IOL), you can now have your cataract removed and replaced with a lens that improves your vision. When thinking about which lens to choose, consider what activities you do during your day and what type of vision you need to do those activities.
While prices have remained stable for the last 5 years in New Zealand, 2018 has seen a slight price increase nationwide. The current Laser Eye Surgery cost in New Zealand in 2018 is in the range from $3050 - $3450 per eye. Auckland prices are now at $3050 per eye, while Christchurch prices are at the upper end at $3265 - $3450 per eye.
Bowen Eye Clinic’s current fee for Laser Blended Vision is NZ $6300 inclusive of GST ($3150 inc GST per eye). If you have never worn glasses before and are now finding that you need reading glasses for close up activities you may only need one eye treated.
Laser Blended Vision is suitable for anyone with Presbyopia. This includes a range of preoperative prescriptions, whether you are myopic (short sighted), hyperopic (long sighted) or have astigmatism, or a combination. If you have never worn glasses before but are finding that you now need reading glasses for close up activities you may only need one eye treated.
Presbyopia is an age related condition, which affects us all at around 45 years of age, the time when many of us start to struggle to read small print and find ourselves holding our phone further away to read the text. Presbyopia can be treated with glasses, contact lenses or Laser Blended Vision.
Presbyopia is the normal loss of your eyes being able to see things clearly up close. It is a natural part of aging that becomes noticeable in your early to mid 40s. It can be treated with reading glasses, contact lenses or Laser Blended Vision
PTK is a minor surgical therapeutic treatment that uses an excimer laser to treat mainly diseases of the surface of the corneal or corneal injury. It removes a small outer layer of tissue from the cornea. It can treat corneal dystrophies such as granular dystrophy, scars on the cornea and a condition called recurrent epithelial erosion syndrome (REES).
Cataract surgery complications are rare with the procedure one of the most common and most successful surgical procedures performed. Most common complications are treatable and don’t have a long-term impact on your vision result.
Astigmatism is a common eye condition that affects both near and far vision giving a blurred image. It is caused by an irregular curvature at the front of the eye, the cornea, and can be treated with laser eye surgery.
Bowen Eye Clinic offers a Cataract and Laser Eye Surgery clinic less than an hour drive away, in Palmerston North every second Thursday. At this clinic we can provide all of your pre-assessment and post-operative follow up care by the same surgeon, Dr Reece Hall.
If you live in the Whanganui region your closest laser eye clinic is run by Bowen Eye Clinic in Palmerston North where Dr Reece Hall can do a full eye assessment and provide all of your follow up checks.
Bowen Eye Clinic offers a Cataract and Laser Eye Surgery clinic every second Thursday in Palmerston North giving you the benefit of having your eye care closer to home. This service provides all of your pre-assessment and post operative follow-up care to be done in Palmerston North by the same eye surgeon, Dr Reece Hall.
We are just not convinced that there has been enough testing of the SMILE procedure to demonstrate that it is completely safe long term or better than LASIK. We don’t believe in trying something because it is ‘different’ or ‘new’ rather we prefer to offer our patients the reliable, safe and accurate procedure LASIK.
LASIK vs PRK. The difference is down to the first step in the surgical procedure. Laser eye surgery corrects vision problems such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. Both surgeries work by reshaping the cornea.
Free, no obligation Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) assessments are available in Wellington where the full treatment package - from the assessment, surgery and post-operative care is undertaken by our experienced and qualified laser eye surgeon, Dr Reece Hall.
At Bowen Eye Clinic we prefer you to meet your surgeon at the beginning of your journey. This allows you the advantage of having a full eye assessment by an experienced and qualified laser eye surgeon and have all your questions answered in Palmerston North.
At Bowen Eye Clinic Nelson we prefer you to meet your surgeon at the beginning of your journey. This allows you the advantage of having a full eye assessment by an experienced and qualified laser eye surgeon and have all your questions answered.
Prices can vary from city to city and country to country. The good news is that in New Zealand the cost is expected to stay stable in 2017, at around $3000 per eye, and not increase due to the country experiencing record low inflation.
In New Zealand the average cost of cataract surgery with a standard IOL is in the range of $4150 to $4650. The amount that your insurance company will pay for the procedure, and the cost that is paid directly by you varies depending upon the type of intraocular lens (IOL) that you require and the hospital you choose.
Crisp, clear vision without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses is crucial to get the most out of your job where ever your workplace may be - from office workers to those who work outside; all roles can benefit from having LASIK.
If you wear glasses or contact lenses then you will have experienced the hassle of playing sport while wearing these or attempting to participate without clear vision. Laser Eye Surgery offers you freedom from glasses and contact lenses.
There are many types of laser eye surgery available (LASIK, PRK, ASA, LASEK, Epi-LASIK, LBV, SMILE, PTK, YAG, SLT, PRP). Nobody has the exact same eyes so the treatment one person may be recommended by their eye surgeon may be different to another person.
Cataracts can affect your vision with decreased sharpness of focus and increased glare on bright days. Driving at night can be an issue also with car headlights. Modern micro-incisional cataract surgery can restore your eye sight.
Here’s what to expect after your laser eye surgery (LASIK). Follow these easy guidelines on how to care for your eyes and you will enjoy a fast and stress free recovery. Please remember your vision can fluctuate in the first few days but becomes more settled over the following weeks.
When investigating who to put your trust in to do your laser eye surgery, there are several crucial factors to consider and ask. Has the surgeon had formal refractive surgery training? How experienced and knowledgable are they in the laser eye procedures?
Cataract Surgery can give you a great improvement in your vision. It is completed as a day procedure with only a short hospital visit. The modern technique Phacoemulsification uses ultrasound to remove the cataract.
This is a prospective randomised eye surgery trial comparing the corneal sensitivity and dry eye function after LASIK with two different femtosecond laser systems. There was no significant difference found between the most commonly used FDA approved IntraLase and the Visumax.
This study looked at the causes of bacterial cornea infections in Wellington NZ. Corneal infections are a serious cause of Red Eye. Ocular surface disease and contact lens use were the main risk factors for corneal infection.
So you’ve decided you want laser eye surgery, it’s a big step, but an even bigger step is deciding where you should get your procedure done. Your eyesight is arguably your most precious and delicate sense, and if you’re going to place your trust in someone to perform laser eye surgery it is essential that you choose the right clinic.
The cost of Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) can vary from city to city and country to country. Here we have compared the current national and international prices in 2016 and Bowen Eye Clinic compares favourably with its world class service.
This study compares the use of spectral domain and time domain OCT in measuring flap thickness after LASIK laser eye surgery. The spectral domain OCT appears more consistent and accurate. This is what we have chosen to use at Bowen Eye Clinic.
This study looked at the interobserver variability in grading glaucoma blebs after trabeculectomy eye surgery. Successful modern treatment of glaucoma involves the use of regular eye drops and laser eye surgery. Certain forms of glaucoma (Angle Closure Glaucoma) require YAG laser treatment. Rarely is eye surgery (Trabeculectomy) required.
These infections are a serious cause of Red Eye. The study identifies the common infective organisms and highlights the current antibiotic sensitivities and resistance in NZ. The commonest cause of infection was from contact lens use and trauma.
If you’re a Millennial (born between early 1980 and early 2000) and you’re looking to maintain your health and wellbeing, eye care probably isn’t much of a priority for you. But here are 5 reasons why you should be thinking about Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK).