Refractive errors are common conditions that affect the way your eyes bend light

There are many types of treatment options for different errors that require you to wear glasses and contact lenses

Refractive errors are common conditions that affect the way your eyes bend light

There are many types of treatment options for different errors that require you to wear glasses and contact lenses

Fix your refractive errors and enjoy a life less reliant on glasses and contacts

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Refractive errors are the most common type of vision problem that affects your vision and makes it difficult to see clearly. They happen when the shape of your eye affects the ability for light to focus properly on the retina (the photographic film of the eye). There are 3 main refractive errors that can affect your eye:

  • Myopia (short-sightedness)
  • Hypermetropia (long-sightedness)
  • Astigmatism (difficulty focusing at most distances)
  • Presbyopia (loss of accommodation making reading up close difficult without glasses).

A refractive error can happen as a result of one, or a few, of the following:

  • A change in the eye’s shape
  • A naturally steeper or flatter surface of the eye
  • A thicker or thinner lens than normal
  • The eye is too short or too long.

Often refractive errors are genetic in origin but can be affected by lifestyle, in particular, the amount of near work during the development of the eye in your younger years.

  • During your visit, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your eye
  • Other diagnostic tests give us an accurate assessment of the curvature and astigmatism in the cornea and help assess your suitability for laser eye surgery.

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The best way to find out if laser eye treatment is right for you is to have a free assessment. We'll examine your eyes and get a clear answer from our experts on your suitability and laser vision correction options

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Not everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery. The first step is to find out if laser eye surgery can help you. You can take a self test, call us or use our online calendar to book a free assessment.

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We will answer your questions during your free assessment and give you a clear and honest recommendation based on your lifestyle and needs. You will feel confident understanding the best treatment option for your unique eyes.

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After treatment, everyone tells us how surprised they are by how quickly their lives changed. They also mention that they wish they had done it years earlier! When people say yes to eye treatment, they are saying yes to a new life, free from the limitation of glasses and contacts!

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Wazig zicht – meestal veroorzaakt door refractieafwijkingen – is de voornaamste reden waarom iemand de hulp van een oogarts zoekt. Maar wat betekent het eigenlijk wanneer ons wordt verteld dat ons zicht wazig is vanwege een refractieafwijking? We zien de wereld om ons heen door de manier waarop onze ogen licht buigen (refracteren). Refractieafwijkingen zijn optische onvolkomenheden die voorkomen dat het oog het licht goed kan focussen, waardoor het zicht wazig wordt.

De belangrijkste refractieafwijkingen zijn bijziendheid, verziendheid en astigmatisme.

Refractieafwijkingen kunnen permanent worden behandeld met LASIK en andere oogcorrectiechirurgie (ook wel refractieve chirurgie genoemd).
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Vind je jezelf vaak knipperen, samenkneepjes maken of in je ogen wrijven om een duidelijker beeld te krijgen? Als je last hebt van wazig zicht, zou je het kunnen toeschrijven aan leeftijd of de noodzaak van een nieuwe bril. Maar het kan ook een teken zijn van andere gezondheidsproblemen.

Vaak zal behandeling van deze aandoeningen je wazige zicht verbeteren. Onthoud echter dat plotselinge veranderingen in je gezichtsvermogen niet normaal zijn. Als dit gebeurt, raadpleeg dan meteen je arts.

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De term “refractieafwijkingen” verwijst naar vier aandoeningen:

  • Astigmatisme. Voorwerpen dichtbij en veraf lijken wazig.
  • Hypermetropie (verziendheid). (nieuwe link moet worden gemaakt) Voorwerpen dichtbij lijken onscherp.
  • Myopie (bijziendheid). Verre voorwerpen zien er onscherp uit.
  • Presbyopie. (nieuwe link moet worden gemaakt) Voorwerpen dichtbij lijken geleidelijk onscherp te worden naarmate men ouder wordt.

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Your laser eye surgeon in Antwerp, Dr. Frank Goes Jr

He’ll be your personal guide on your journey to visual freedom

With over 20 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

I am and have been a board member for different national and international professional societies on eye surgery, and I have the privilege to give several national and international courses on cataract and refractive surgery.

Good vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery depends on the expertise of the provider. The provider must also have access to precise tools. The best eye surgeons know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I try to be one of those surgeons

Dr. Frank Goes Jr

Chief Executive & Eye Surgeon