Laser eye treatment has been known as the most efficient procedure to correct many vision problems. There are several types of laser eye surgical procedures, such as: LASEK, Epi-Lasik, custom Lasik and PRK. The most common of all eye surgeries, for a reason, is Lasik eye surgery. It is used to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. People that had this type of surgery done on their eyes say that it instantly made them see normally, without needing contact lenses or glasses.
Lasik Eye Surgery
This surgical procedure requires a laser treatment. The surgeon uses laser to cut the flap of the cornea, lift it and then use laser to reshape cornea. After that, the only thing the surgeon has to do is to place back the flap he/she made and the procedure is done. The procedure is fairly quick, without any stitching and doesn’t require the patient to wear bandages for many weeks as happened with traditional surgical procedures. The recovery period is also minimal because of that.
What are Risks with This Surgical Procedure?
Although the use of laser makes this Lasik surgery more precise and there are fewer problems to be expected after the procedure, risks and side effects are still present. If you think you need this procedure, you should better know everything about it.
The surgery does not guarantee you to have 20/20 eyesight after it, only rare patients can experience this kind of vision improvement.
Other risks include: vision loss, sometimes permanent and impossible to correct with some other surgery, contacts or glasses. Patients may see worse than without the surgery or experience some night vision problems, such as glare vision, halos or double vision after the Lasik surgery. Dry eyes can also be very discomforting and sometimes even permanent side effect after the surgery, and these patients are advised to use eye drops for good.
Improper surgery might cause several medical problems, including the risk or cornea failure to perform, vision problems and astigmatism.
The most common thing among the far-sighted people after the Lasik surgery is the diminishing of the effects of the surgery with aging.
Additionally, be very careful about the surgeon who will perform the laser surgery on your eyes. Always ask them to see their certificates and choose the respected and qualified person to do it.
Are You Ideal Patient for Lasik Surgery?
If you want to undergo a laser eye surgery, always consult your doctor, eye doctor and ophthalmologist and inform yourself about the potential risks and side effects of the surgery. Contact your insurance and determine what percent of the surgery cost they will cover (because the surgery is not cheap at all).
If you experience any eye diseases or herpes or shingles around the eyes, inform your eye doctor before the surgery.
Laser eye improvement surgery is not recommended for children. Their eyes are still developing, and until they turn 18, they are not suitable patients for this type of surgery.
Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, diabetic patients and some other people using certain medications should also avoid laser eye surgery.