Lasik is a procedure performed with a special laser that reshapes the cornea, the transparent part in front of the eye. Lasik surgery is used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism effectively eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses. This elective surgery is safe, approved by the FDA in 1999 after careful analysis and testing. However, before considering Lasik surgery talk to a specialized Lasik surgeon and get the facts. Following are the basics of what you need to know about Lasik.
Benefits of Lasik
Lasik has been extremely effective for most people with numerous benefits and lasting effects:
The procedure is painless with some pressure felt in the eye after anesthetic eye drops are used.
This surgery is extremely accurate and precise guided by a computer driven laser.
Lasik is performed on an outpatient basis in about 10 minutes.
Restored vision occurs within twenty-four hours of surgery. Most patients may return to work the next day and resume driving within 1 to 3 days.
Aftercare consists of simply inserting a few eye drops the same day; no bandages or stitches are necessary.
The eyes usually stabilize within three months and the results are permanent. Glasses may be required as the patient ages.
Risks/Complications Associated with Lasik
Although the surgery is safe and widely used, there are associated risks and complications that must be reviewed carefully:
Results may vary dependent upon the patient’s original prescription and healing ability.
Side effects after surgery may include problems with night vision and halos, double vision, blurred vision and increased dry eye symptoms.
The possibility of over correcting or under correcting vision in some cases exists, which may not be corrected with glasses or contacts.
Surgery entails cutting the cornea and is not reversible if complications do occur.
The Right Candidate for Lasik
Lasik works well for most patients; however, careful consideration of a few important facts may determine whether the surgery is right for you:
Do I have any current health conditions that may interfere with surgery?
Do my recreational activities present significant risks for flap dislocation following Lasik surgery?
Has my eyesight been stable without the need for a stronger prescription each year?
Am I over eighteen, an older patient who is developing cataracts or other aged-related eye conditions?
Just think, 20/20 vision with Lasik may be within your reach without the need for glasses. This could change your life!