London: British surgeons claim that they
can now give people, who are shortsighted, better vision than
they were born with, by using a pioneering laser technology.
Experts estimate the human eye is potentially capable
of 20-10 vision.
But, the new treatment can give people up to
20-16 vision, thus enabling them to read a car number plate 80
yards away, almost four times better than the minimum standard
required for driving, say the surgeons.
In fact, the treatment is due to new cool laser that
precisely cuts a flap in the cornea at the start. And a second
laser then reshapes the cornea to correct short sight, say the
surgeons involved in the project.
Lead surgeon David Allamby, a former Moorfields Eye
Hospital surgeon who is using the new "bionic" technology, was
quoted by the `Sunday Express` as saying, "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
One of the first patients to be treated with the new
lasers was TV presenter Denise Van Outen who now has 20-16
vision. It means from a distance of 20ft, she can see detail
that a person with normal vision could not see until they were
16ft from it.
Allamby, who now works for London-based Focus Clinics,
said: "She was absolutely bowled over by the results that we
The surgeons carried out a year-long trial of 307
patients and has achieved 20-14 or even 20-12 vision in 47 per
cent of cases.