Many patients wish to have laser eye surgery to experience the freedom of life without the hindrance of glasses or contact lenses. For some, it’s about being able to wake in the morning and see immediately, without fumbling around for glasses.
For others, it’s because they wish to play sport or work without glasses or contact lenses. For still others, it’s about optimising their vision when contact lenses have caused complications and glasses do not give them the visual optics that they need to live their lives.
After laser eye surgery, millions of people now enjoy everyday life unencumbered by glasses or contact lenses. Although every procedure involves some risk, laser eye surgery is commonly performed with very high safety and efficacy profiles.
Studies show that the majority of patients obtain 20/20 vision or better after laser eye surgery. And nearly all patients achieve 20/40 or better which is fully functional and good enough to drive without glasses or contacts. Most importantly, the vast majority of people are satisfied with laser eye surgery. In a recent study, about 97% of laser eye surgery patients said they would recommend it to a friend or relative.
The benefits of your laser eye procedure will depend on many personal factors. Your age, health and degree of refractive error will all affect the results of your procedure.
During this consultation, we aim to determine your candidacy for laser vision correction. You will be assessed by our highly qualified laser correction screening technician.
Laser eye surgery is a life changing procedure to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. After laser eye surgery, you are highly likely to be completely independent of glasses or contact lenses.
There are several different types of laser eye surgery procedures available to help patients achieve clear vision without glasses or contact lenses. Please call us today to schedule a consultation with our office to determine which procedure is best for you and get more information about how to correct your vision.
Laser eye surgery can correct common vision conditions such as myopia (short-sightedness), astigmatism, hyperopia (far-sightedness), and presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). The type of procedure you undergo depends on multiple factors such as your age, prescription, ocular health and cornea thickness.
What Kinds of Laser Eye Surgery Are There?
Broadly, laser eye surgery, otherwise known as refractive surgery, falls into two categories (A and B):
A. Cornea based procedures:
B. Lens based procedures:
The kind of surgery that is best for you can only be determined after a thorough assessment and final recommendation by the surgeon. We will recommend the safest and most effective procedure for your circumstances.
For most people, less than a lifetime of prescription glasses or contacts.
The cost of laser eye surgery varies, depending on the type of procedure and the technology used. Typical costs are between $1300 to $3700 (on average $2500) per eye. While glasses and contact lenses require ongoing costs, laser eye surgery is a one-time investment.
As well as the financial benefit, imagine regaining your freedom to live without glasses or contact lenses. Swimming, active pursuits and daily tasks will become hassle-free once again.
Each eye is unique and laser eye surgery isn’t suitable for everyone. Your eyes will need to be examined thoroughly to determine your suitability and to enable an accurate assessment of the correct procedure for your eyes. Several factors are used to assess your suitability for treatment, these include:
Over 20 to
55 years old
Short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism
Stable prescription or over 24 months
Good eye and
Dr Kumar is an Ophthalmic Surgeon with specific and extensive training in conventional and Laser Cataract Surgery, Laser Vision Correction, alternatives to laser surgery, Cornea Transplantation Surgery, the management of Keratoconus and Pterygium Surgery. Dr Kumar is also committed to the management of glaucoma and retina conditions.
Dr Kumar chose ophthalmology because he was fascinated by the complexity of the eye and vision. He is enabled by superior technology and surgical techniques available within ophthalmology to improve vision for patients.
Dr Kumar graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle in 1998 and earned a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of New South Wales. He worked at the Sydney Retina Clinic with Dr Andrew Chang prior to completing his Ophthalmology Fellowship training at the Sydney Eye Hospital.
Thereafter, Dr Kumar was awarded the Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Travelling Fellowship to pursue further training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery.
This component of his training occurred under the guidance of Professors David Rootman and Allan Slomovic at the Toronto Western Hospital and the Yonge Eglinton Laser Centre at the University of Toronto in Canada.
Subsequently he has undertaken a Masters in Cataract and Refractive Surgery from the University of Sydney as part of his ongoing commitment to self education.
Committed to education in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Kumar is a clinical senior lecturer at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University. He is a regular reviewer for articles submitted for publication in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the British Journal of Ophthalmology and Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. He has published numerous peer reviewed papers and book chapters involving his specialty interests. He is a member of the Australian, American and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr Kumar has extensive experience using the femtosecond laser to perform LASIK and cornea transplantations. Given this background, he was amongst the first surgeons in Australia to perform femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery.
Dr. Kumar is committed to the preservation and improvement of quality of vision. He is dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of ophthalmic medical and surgical care.