Supracor Lasik – Presbyopia
- LASIK procedure that corrects the need for reading glasses (Presbyopia)
- Full range of correction for distance, intermediate and near
- Available for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
Why do I have difficulty reading ?
“Finally, I am looking forward to this summer holiday, relaxing on the beach, reading a novel with sunglasses as if I were 30 again!”
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Options for the correction of presbyopia
How does IntraLASIK Supracor work?
This is a Lasik / Intralasik procedure where a corneal flap is created using the Intralase femtosecond laser. The flap is lifted and the Bausch + Lomb – Teneo excimer laser is used to create a customised profile on the cornea. The profile has a small area in the centre of the cornea which is a little steeper and provides the near vision focus as well as an increase in asphericity which improves visual quality. In summary near vision is provided along with the benefit of better quality vision at distance! Visual outcomes are excellent. The profile of the treatments both in hyperopic and myopic presbyopia
Hyperopic Supracor treatment – laser profile
Myopic Supracor treatment – laser profile
How does Supracor differ from PresbyLASIK advertised by others?
PresbyLASIK uses a very different profile on the cornea, the side effect of which is the inducement of undesirable aberrations. Apart from unreliability of correction, Presbylasik also results in night vision problems such as halos and glare. Supracor on the other hand does not induce these visually disturbing aberrations but still provides distance, intermediate and near vision.
These are results from the CE marking European Multicentric Study (courtesy Technolas) for Hyperopia (Farsightedness). Notice distance vision improves with time, however near vision is excellent right away and remains stable.
(96% see distance sc 0.8 or better (6M)
(91% see near sc 0.8 or better)
Supracor is an “art form” and success is highly dependent on good patient selection and surgeon / ophthalmologist experience. Initially vision at near is good but distance can be compromised because distance correction is a little nearsighted. In time this improves with recovery highly variable from a few weeks to many months. For this reason the surgeon will take into consideration each individual patient, the level of correction and their immediate visual needs.
For those who are Hyperopic (farsighted), your surgeon may depending on your visual needs choose to perform a mild Supracor treatment in the dominant eye and a full Supracor treatment in the non-dominant eye. Visual recovery for distance is quicker. In Myopic (shorsighted) Supracor, the consultant might decide to only treat the non-dominant eye. Unlike Monovision or Blended vision where one eye is treated for distance and the other for near, this Laser eye surgery procedure is commonly performed in both eyes and between the two, patients enjoy visual freedom for at all distances.
A dramatic difference is noted immediately in terms of near vision and all patients are able to read a newspaper immediately after the procedure. To begin with the treatment does make patients a little shortsighted (-0.50D), in other words vision is slightly blurry at distance and this improves over the following weeks. Distance vision continues to improve month by month and 20/25 vision is obtained in 74% at 3 months 96% at 6 months. (Multicentric CE marking study).
Suitability for treatment requires a thorough consultation with specific investigations including the degree of Presbyopia (requirement for reading glasses). Treatment is available for those who are farsighted, shortsighted and astigmatism. Find out if you are suitable for Supracor – contact Centre for Sight to book a free consultation.
YES – patients who have previously had Laser eye surgery have had successful outcomes following Supracor LASIK. Understandably those who have experienced the benefit and visual freedom from previous laser eye surgery are really motivated to stay out of glasses including readers. Supracor Lasik is an excellent option for this group of patients
Care following this type of procedure is identical to Lasik / Intralasik the details of which are found here