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If you had the choice, would you choose to be short-sighted?

It is not normal to be short-sighted.

Many people who are shortsighted say that they don’t mind wearing glasses or contacts. They say it’s part of who they are and what they are used to it. Some even feel that they like wearing glasses.

Are you short-sighted?

Think about it. It is not normal to be short-sighted. Let’s imagine that you always had normal vision. You can see everything clearly from the moment you wake till you go to sleep and you never have to reach for glasses or contacts to put your world in focus.

Now, let’s suppose that you have an operation or an accident or something happens to you and as a result, you have to wear the glasses or the contacts you have now in order to see clearly again. So you would go to an eye specialist and ask them how do you get your normal vision back. Imagine that the specialist tells you that you must wear glasses or contacts every day for the rest of your life. It’s unlikely that your reaction would be “Wow, that’s great. Thanks”.

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By now you would have realised that glasses or contacts do not cure Myopia, they merely make it survivable. And then when they tell you that you must come back every year to get a new prescription it is probable that you will ask “But is there any way I can have my normal vision back and not have to bother every day with glasses or contacts?” They would answer “Yes, you can have SMILE laser and in fact, it’s safer than soft contact lens wear.” We believe that your answer is a no brainer. “Yes please, can we do it today… now!”

So if a shortsighted person really had a choice they would choose normal vision over short-sightedness. Because shortsightedness creeps up on you over the years from a young age, it can seem that it is OK to live with glasses or contacts but in fact, it is not.

Laser eye surgery for short-sightedness

Modern laser eye surgery is now so safe that it is safer than contact lens wear over the lifetime of a shortsighted person. It even can be adjusted if required (rarely) every decade or so if the focus shifted. And it brings normal vision, the vision we are all supposed to have.

Make that no brainer decision now and get SMILE laser correction. Be normal.

Still unsure?

Here at My iClinic, we offer a FREE eye scan for people interested in finding out more about laser eye surgery. These scans will tell you about your eye and usually confirm that laser eye surgery would give you normal vision.

About the experts

Mr John Bolger | Consultant Ophthalmologist / Clinic Director


John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. He specialises in ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.

Bolger has observed and played a part in the evolution of modern ophthalmology. He was one of the first surgeons to introduce microincision cataract surgery to the UK; he witnessed the advent of the femtosecond laser that is used in SMILE procedures and is seeing huge progress in the treatment of glaucoma and wet macular degeneration.

Remaining at the forefront of these advancements ensures that he is always providing his patients with the very best and latest treatments, whatever their condition.

In his free time, John Bolger enjoys flying helicopters, playing classical guitar, baking bread and pastries, and making fresh pasta.