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The Advantages of Lasik Eye Surgery

The Advantages of Lasik Eye Surgery

People who wear glasses or contact lenses often wish for perfect vision. Having to reach for a pair of spectacles each morning just to find one’s way to the bathroom can be a pain. There is hope for the visually impaired. Lasik surgery can correct most cases of impaired vision. The catch is that a person must qualify for the surgery based on many factors. Some of those factors include age, length of time one’s vision has been stable, and whether or not the candidate has any type of autoimmune disease such as Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis which can impair healing after surgery. In addition, certain eye diseases like Macular Degeneration will rule out a candidate right away.

Once the physical hurdle of the eye exam has been met, the next step is to ask about the risks. A Refractive (Lasik) surgeon will explain all the risks involved, and then it is up to the surgical candidate to decide if perfect vision is worth the possible risks. These risks include the following.

Depending upon one’s prescription strength, the surgery may leave the patient either over or under-corrected. If this should happen, a second surgery, called an enhancement, would need to be performed. The bad news is that it would not be performed for many months because the corneas need appropriate time to heal from the first surgery. Worse, a second surgery may not even be possible after the first one because the corneas might be too thin or curved as a result of the first refractive procedure.

Because of this, the patient may still need to wear glasses after surgery. The good news is that generally only a very low percentage of patients occupies this category.

The surgery may not be permanent. While the surgery is generally not permanent to begin with, it will usually last about ten years before the affects of natural aging start to cause a need for reading glasses. In the case of those rare patients who experience regression sooner than that due to certain previous eye conditions or farsightedness, a second surgery can usually correct this problem several years down the road.

The patient can experience visual complications. These visual complications include seeing halos around lights, sensitivity to light, difference in vision between both eyes, and changing vision. While these types of aberrations often correct themselves during the healing process, they can become permanent as well.

In an extreme case, a patient can lose vision. This can happen with equipment malfunction, problems with healing of the flap after surgery, scarring, and infection.

The advantages of having Lasik surgery are what draw a patient to seek a good Lasik surgeon. While there is risk to any surgery, and those risks must be taken into consideration, the point of such a surgery is to correct a long-time problem, and allow for freedom from prosthetics (otherwise known as glasses and contact lenses).

Refractive surgery can correct most cases of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Lasik surgeons use a computer-guided laser for precise results. Often, the result is better than average vision, or “eagle eye” vision as some surgeons may label it.

It’s a very quick procedure. Most patients can have Lasik surgery on a Friday, and be back to work on Monday.

A post-operative patient will notice visual clarity within twenty-four hours of surgery. While their vision becomes clearer as the eyes heal, most patients will be pleased that they no longer need glasses within a day after their surgery.

Although initially expensive, Lasik will pay for itself over time as the patient discovers no more need to spend hundreds of dollars on glasses, contacts lenses, and cleaning solutions. Some medical insurance vision policies pay for Refractive surgery. Patients should check with their insurance company to see what is covered. If not, most Lasik surgery offices offer a payment plan to those who qualify.