Breakthrough Laser Surgery Could Be a Boon for People With Shortsightedness

by VR Sreeraman on  January 10, 2011 at 3:25 PM Research News
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People who are shortsighted are being given better vision than they were born with, courtesy eye surgeons who are using breakthrough laser technology.
 Breakthrough Laser Surgery Could Be a Boon for People With Shortsightedness
Breakthrough Laser Surgery Could Be a Boon for People With Shortsightedness
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The treatment allows patients to read a car number plate 80 yards away, four times better than the minimum standard required for driving.

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"The results being achieved with these new machines are simply amazing. People talk about 20-20 vision being the most perfect vision that anyone can have but now we've broken through that barrier," the Daily Express quoted David Allamby, a former Moorfields Eye Hospital surgeon who is using the new 'bionic' technology, as saying.

The breakthrough in giving patients vision beyond 20-20 is due to a new cool laser that precisely cuts a flap in the cornea at the start of treatment.

A second laser then reshapes the cornea to correct short sight.

Allamby conducted a year-long trial of 307 patients and has achieved 20-14 or even 20-12 vision in 47 per cent of cases.

Source: ANI
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