Reasons why Wellington is the best place to help you on your quest for better vision.
Many ophthalmologist and optometrist colleagues have trusted us with their vision correction. They know why they have chosen the Wellington Eye Clinic for their own surgery.
Your assessment is done by an experienced Eye Surgeon as patient selection is paramount. We want to make sure that you are an excellent candidate. We’ve been practicing this since 1980
We are passionate about what we do and spend most of our time doing vision correcting surgery. You will be hard pressed to find anyone anywhere who is more dedicated to achieving the best result for you
We can customise your laser treatment more than any other clinic in the country. Besides that, we do all types of refractive surgery, not only laser eye surgery - therefore we do what is best for you
We invest in the most advanced technology available. We have more technology than anywhere in Ireland and we have multiple lasers. This is just one of the reasons that we see patients from all over the world on a weekly basis
We have well-trained, dedicated and friendly staff that makes your visit to the Wellington Eye Clinic more pleasant. You will have to go a long way to find a team that is more dedicated to taking care of you. See more
Laser eye surgery at the Wellington Eye Clinic comes with a lifetime warrantyView Requirements
Laser eye surgery at the Wellington Eye Clinic comes with a lifetime warranty
1) This is valid on laser procedures carried out at the Clinic since 2004.
2) In the unlikely event that your vision should slip below driving standard for clear distance vision treatments (or N6 if your vision has been treated for reading) the procedure will be repeated at no cost.
You will need to attend the Clinic once every two years for post-operative checks following your surgery to avail of the Lifetime Warranty
There is no charge for follow up visits to the Clinic for 12 months following your surgery
We are so confident in our practice and our procedures, we have had it done ourselves.
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Vision develops in the first 7 to 8 years of life and it is important that during these years the eyes are both seeing optimally and that they are aligned (i.e. straight and not having a turn or a squint). If the vision is good during the first 7-8 years and the eyes are aligned, then there is every chance that both eyes will see well and that the brain will use the 2 eyes simultaneously. That leads to good binocular or 3-D vision. Other issues that may affect teen’s eyes are conditions like keratoconus and the sooner they are detected, the sooner they can be treated. Allergic conjunctivitis is often part of hay fever too. It makes sense to have children’s eyes examined around 2 years of age if there is anything that makes you suspicious of reduced eye sight or if there is a family history of a lazy eye. In the absence of this it makes sense to see children around the age of 4-5 years just before they start school.
Young adults become interested in contact lenses and laser surgery when they are told that they need to wear glasses full-time. Sports activities, outdoor adventures and just wanting to look good without the hassle of glasses would be the main motivations. The most common procedure for young adults to correct vision is LASIK and when LASIK is not possible, the likes of LASEK / PRK / TE-PRK and SMILE. If the error is so large that it is outside the limits of laser surgery, then Phakic IOL’s are an excellent option
These years are very active at this stage of our lives playing sports, working, taking care of a growing family and generally just being very busy. The thought of not having glasses or contact lenses is simply very appealing at this stage. Imagine going to the swimming pool and having to keep your glasses on while swimming with the children. Having no glasses would be so much more convenient. Another very interesting change occurs in the early 40’s when people become presbyopic. This is where their arms suddenly feel too short and the lights are always turned down too low for them to be able to read properly. Reading glasses can be a right pain so being able to get rid of reading glasses is a major benefit too. All of this can be achieved today with laser surgery, corneal inlay surgery and phakic IOL’s and RLE (Refractive Lens Extraction) and IOL.
What does this mean? Beyond the middle years? Well, for many people today life has not slowed down one bit. Meanwhile they themselves are still very active, sometimes still working, playing sports, traveling, reading, gardening - you name it, they are doing it. And life is better without glasses. So all of the procedures that we have listed before remain valid. If a lens procedure is the procedure of choice, then it would normally be a Refractive Lens Extraction + IOL or a Cataract operation and IOL if there is a cataract present. It is also important to examine the eyes for conditions such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. This all happens during the evaluation to determine the best procedure for you.
Whether you are looking to improve your vision for sports, convenience or simply to look good, we can help. Find out what kind of condition you have below, to see what options are available to you.
With myopia the eye is longer than normal, so that light rays focus in front of the retina and distant objects appear blurred. When light rays enter the normal eye, they are focused at a single point on the retina, located at the back of the eye. The cornea (the clear portion at the front of the eye) and the lens inside the eye bend or ‘refract’ the light rays so that they focus at the correct point.
With hypermetropia the eye is shorter than normal, so that light rays focus behind the retina. The image on the retina is blurred. When light rays enter the normal eye, they are focused at a single point on the retina, located at the back of the eye. The cornea (the clear portion at the front of the eye) and the lens inside the eye bend or ‘refract’ the light rays so that they focus at the correct point.
Astigmatism can occur in people who already have myopia or hypermetropia. This is where the optical system is rugby-ball shaped rather than soccer-ball shaped and hence the light rays focus in different areas of the retina. This results in blurred vision for distance and near and causes eye-strain and fatigue.
Difficulty reading at near that comes with age. When light rays enter the normal eye, they are focused at a single point on the retina, located at the back of the eye. The cornea (the clear portion at the front of the eye) and the lens inside the eye bend or ‘refract’ the light rays so that they focus at the correct point. As we age the lens inside the eye becomes less elastic and can no longer accommodate (or change shape) sufficiently to bring near objects into focus.
Please be advised that you are not expected to know everything about your choices as there are many of them. This is what we are here for - to advise you about which procedure is best for you or if surgery even makes sense for you. So please feel free to book a consultation and get advice on which procedure is best for your condition and get all the relevant information explained to you for your specific situation.
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We are often asked why does the Surgeon give eye drops during the Consultation?
Arthur Cummings Consultant Eye Surgeon at the Wellington Eye Clinic explains.
It can be a bit inconvenient not being able to drive after your Consultation for laser eye surgery. So why exactly does the Consultant Surgeon give you drops during you first visit to the Wellington Eye Clinic?
There are two reasons why you get eye drops during the Consultation.
The first reason is to make sure that your eye drops are healthy.
If you do not dilate the pupils and make them wide you cannot see inside the eye.
The second reason is that a standard eye test is subjective. So when your eyes are being examined you are asked if you prefer one lens to another, or asked if red is better than green.
This is because your lens has the ability to move inside your eye. So we never know which exactly which is the right correction for you.
In addition to widening the pupil, the drop also paralyses the lens.
So by repeating the tests when the lens is paralysed you are confirming that the original readings are the correct measurements
An intraocular lens is an artificial lens that is used to replace the natural lens in your eye.
You would use an intraocular lens if you were removing the natural lens in your eye such as in the case of a cataract, or a clear lens exchange.
In these cases laser eye surgery will not correct the vision.
In the case of a cataract (cloudy lens) and a clear lens exchange (clear lens) the natural lens in the eye needs to be replaced.
These lenses are the intraocular lenses, sometimes referred to as an” IOL” for short.
These lenses are normally manufactured from an acrylic material these days. They are designed for permanent placement in the eye and they are designed a very, very long time, much longer than the average lifespan.
The lenses are made so accurately that it is possible to select a lens power that will not only get rid of a cataract, improve your vision but also get you very near to your visual target.
In other words if you are looking to get rid of glasses for distance the target will be zero.
If you are looking to eliminate your reading glasses the target would be minus two.
So vision can be targeted as a result of the fact that these lenses are so well made.
Mr Arthur Cummings, Medical Director, Consultant Eye Surgeon and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Beacon Hospital, Dublin Ireland