Seeing without glasses

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About Seeing without Glasses

Seeing without glasses or Refractive surgery, also called laser eye surgery, is a medical treatment to improve the eyesight of people who wear glasses. This is done with the use of a laser beam or intraocular lens implants.

For which deviations can this be a solution?

Refractive surgery or laser eye surgery


The person has a good visual acuity close by, but blurred sight in distance.

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The person has a bad sight in the distance and even more blurry at short distance.

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The eye is not like “a football”, but more like a “rugbyball”. This produces a deformed image and can sometimes be combined with myopia or hyperopia.

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    Reduced capacity for seeing closeby from 40 years old on, due to diminished accommodation power of the eye lens.

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    Who is eligible for refractive surgery?

    Refractive errors can be corrected properly with glasses or contact lenses that change the refraction of the light rays so that the focus does fall on the retina. However, these are aids on which one is dependent. Hence, for some time people have been looking for a way to permanently change the refraction of the eye through surgery: this is the domain of "refraction surgery."
    To undergo a refractive procedure one must be stable for at least 1 year and at least 18 years of age.
    Not all refractive disorders and not all persons are eligible for this type of operation. Only an eye surgeon specializing in refractive surgery can, after an extensive eye examination, decide together with you whether you are eligible for an operation and which technique is most suitable for you.

    Do you want to know if seeing without glasses is something for you?

    You can make an appointment online for an intake interview. In this interview we will explain the procedures and see if you qualify.


    FEMTOLASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis)

    This is the newest technique with which almost all refractive errors are corrected. Lasik is a combination of microsurgery and laser technology.

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    Smile Femtolaser Surgery

    Minimally invasive surgery for correcting vision

    Small Incision Lenticule Extraction with SMILE is the most recently developed type of laser eye surgery. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that can correct various vision impairments such as nearsightedness and astigmatism.

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    Transepithelial PRK

    This technique (TransPRK) is meant for people with a thin cornea or other kind of corneal defect, which cannot be treated with lasik technique.

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    The excimer laser is directly applicated on the corneal surface. These causes a superficial lesion which is painful during 48 to
    72 hours postoperatively. Hence, in most cases a protective contact lens is temporally applied. The eye sight stabilises during the following weeks or months.

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    Refractive lens exchange

    Through this technique we treat refractive defects from 50 years of age on, of both myopia and hypermetropia combined with astigmatism, in which the accommodation has stopped acting.

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    Implant lenses

    In the case of very large refractive errors, or if lens blurring is present, it is better to place an artificial lens in the eye.

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