My prescription is "too high" for laser
You’re likely to be suitable for laser eye surgery if your glasses prescription is within the following limits:
- Less than -10.00 D of myopia or short-sightedness
- Less than +6.00 D of hyperopia or long-sightedness
- Less than ±6.00 D of astigmatism
Be careful that some clinics which only do laser eye surgery may be willing to treat above these prescription levels because they are unable to offer alternate strategies. A one trick pony approach is unlikely to help you make an informed decision of your different options. Remember that contact lens prescription numbers are not the same as glasses, so ask your optician for a record if you don’t have the numbers to hand.
It’s not uncommon for your prescription to change with age, particularly if you’re long-sighted (hyperopic). Younger hyperopic eyes ‘hide’ the full extent of this prescription. During your consultation we may use dilating drops to relax the muscles inside the eyes to reveal the ‘full’ prescription.
What if my prescription is higher than that?
ICLs can correct a wide range of refractive errors between +10 and -18 and up to 6 dioptres of astigmatism. The drainage angle near the front of the eye needs be wide enough for ICL surgery to be safe. During your initial consultation with Daniel Gore we’ll take detailed, high-resolution scans of your eye to take these measurements and determine if ICLs are a safe option for you.