Popping up in health news at an electric rate is something called “LASIK Eye Surgery.” This article goes to the heart of this procedure to uncover the details you need to know if you are considering improving your vision.
It is actually called “laser in situ keratomileusis” (LASIK for short). The full name hints at the method: using a laser beneath the flap in your cornea to reshape the cornea. A high-tech laser treats refractive errors and improves vision, while possibly eliminating the need to wear glasses or contacts.
It is all about the cornea, which is the front covering of your eye that is see-through. After the flap is breached, the eye surgeon can reshape the corneal tissue underneath. Squirming yet? After, the flap is put gently back in place, onto the cornea. And that is that. It is painless, but there can be some uncomfortable elements.
Importantly, LASIK has been proven safe and effective for most people. As a customer you should screened and told what reasonable expectations you can have with the procedure.Ensure you are comfortable with the experience of your surgeon.
Several advantages include:
- Ability to correct most types of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
- It is fast;generally between five and 10 minutes long
- It is essentially painless
- The computer-guided laser is precise, so results are accurate
- One treatment is usually all that is needed
Some disadvantages to consider:
- You have to go through a healing process afterward; because of this, results can vary patient to patient
- LASIK could worsen some of your eyesight, including reducing your night vision with glare
- It might worsen dry-eye symptoms
- In rare cases, it might worsen your vision
Here are the points to make sure you know beforehand:
- Your refractive error
- Your treatment options
- The type of laser recommended for your treatment and why the surgeon chose it for you
- If you are a good candidate for surgery
- The risks, such as possible over- or under-correction; that you could still need glasses after; that results may be temporary; that you could experience visual aberrations; and that your dry eyes could be worse
Make sure you find the right surgeon! You want at least six or seven years of experience, a good reputation, the latest technology, availability afterward to manage complications, and a lack of any “guarantees” (this is a bad sign).
Do your homework and go in confidently. Most people have tremendous results and their lives are forever changed, for the better.
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