HELLO! Magazine Laser Eye Surgery Article


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Having previously been turned away as an unsuitable candidate for laser eye surgery, Linda Lusardi, 51, finally underwent the procedure at the London Vision Clinic and is delighted with the results.

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HELLO! Magazine Laser Eye Surgery Article

  1. 1. HEALTH Eyesight Linda Lusardi, 51, had previously keeping people from having been turned away by high-street laser surgery on the eyes is fear laser surgeons as an “unsuitable” – and knowledge dispels fear.” candidate, but 18 months ago One technique promoted by she successfully had the Prof. Reinstein is laser blended operation and is delighted with vision, which adjusts each eye the results. differently for distance and near “I was starting to need glasses vision, and which he believes to read as well as to drive,” can significantly reduce the she explains. “I went to see need for reading glasses or Professor Dan Reinstein and he bifocals as the eye ages. He is said he could help me. I found one of the few doctors so far to the surgery a bit scary but over offer such a treatment. very quickly. I am pleased to Laser surgery in general has say there was no pain at all and had mixed reviews in the the recovery was very quick. past, with reports of results that My eyes are better now than failed to live up to patients’ when I was 16.” expectations, continuing problems with night vision after Seeing is believing the operation and concerns Dan, a laser eye surgeon at the over long-term safety. London Vision Clinic, also Recent research, however, operated on Phillip Schofield indicates that complications and is a pioneer of treatments occur in fewer than five per for ageing eyes and those with cent of cases. complicated prescriptions. He Meanwhile, many eye says: “No one could possibly surgeons believe that for the prefer being dependent on first time there’s a very real glasses or contact lenses as it possibility of delivering perfect means there is something wrong sight to those who could never with the body. The only thing have dreamed of it before. More and more THE LASER LOWDOWN of us are Laser eye surgery can help correct myopia (short sightedness), choosing laser hyperopia (long sightedness), astigmatism (distorted vision surgery over because of a misshapen eye surface) and, in some clinics, glasses or contact lenses presbyopia (age-related vision). It involves reshaping the cornea using a laser and is done as an outpatient procedure. I can see As the surgery is considered non-essential, it is not usually available on the NHS. However, some NHS hospitals will offer the treatment on a private basis. Finding the right surgeon for your type of procedure is crucial to success. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists guidelines say that only registered surgeons with specialist clearly now training should carry out laser surgery. For the full guidelines, visit the college website at rcophth.ac.uk. To find a consultant with specialist experience, visit drfoster.co.uk/Guides/ConsultantGuide. The website lasik-eyes.co.uk includes patient reviews to help you compare pri prices and procedures. Many stars can’t believe their eyes after yes To contact Professor Reinstein’s London Profe Vision Clinic, visit londonvisionclinic.com. laser vision correction surgery. But can we £4 Prices start at £4,600 for surgery to both eyes, which can b paid in instalments. be all look forward to a life without glasses? P Nicole Kidman (lef (left) hillip Schofield has a whole new people a year who opt to have their and Courteney Co Cox outlook on life these days – and eyes lasered in the UK. And he’s far . (right) are two of th the it’s all thanks to vision correction from the only famous face who has who’v celebrities who’ve surgery. After having the procedure been able to say goodbye to glasses bye tried the surgery (which he allowed to be filmed for with the help of an ophthalmic PHOTOS: FAMOUS. GETTY IMAGES. SCOPE FEATURES This Morning), the popular presenter, an, surgeon. Nicole Kidman, Brad a glasses wearer since the age of 15, x Pitt and Courteney Cox are all could not quite believe his eyes. reported to have had the op, “Done! Unbelievable, astonishing, while Jessica Simpson and Kim painless and quite emotional,” he said. Kardashian have, like Phillip, “I just sent my glasses to Africa!” And allowed their procedures to be es two weeks later, Phillip revealed to ws. filmed for their TV shows. HELLO ! just how much his life had First carried out in the UK in e changed. For the first time since the late 1980s, laser eye surgery childhood, he said, he could see clearly is now so effective it can treat an without the help of contact lenses or ems almost all vision problems – 114 glasses and could read the autocue in including, some believe, ieve, the This Morning studio with ease. presbyopia or sight deter-eter- Phillip is just one of around 100,000 ioration as a result of age. HELLO1110p114.indd 2 6/2/10 03:12:39