WHAT DOES LASER EYE SURGERY INVOLVE
Regardless where you get your Lasik vision correction surgery done, the operation is done relatively the same. A qualified optometrist will perform an examination on you to see if the surgery is necessary and will then perform the operation. You need to prove that your vision hasn’t changed much within the past year and let your doctor know about the current condition of your vision as well.
From beginning to end, the entire process of undergoing Lasik eye surgery will take several hours, but the actual operation will only take a few minutes. This is also a very routine and low-risk procedure, so no hospitalization is required. It is ok to bring a friend or family member to be with you during the operation to keep you calm and collected. It would also be beneficial afterwards as well for the drive home, since your vision will be impaired temporarily immediately after the procedure.
IS EYE LASER SURGERY FOR EVERYONE?
Since Lasik is an actual medical procedure, it isn’t meant for everyone. Although there are many people that do benefit from having the procedure done, it can’t be guaranteed that it would work for everyone. To make sure that Lasik eye surgery is a good option for you, it is essential to consult with an eye specialist that will give you an examination. They should be able to find whether Lasik will actually be able to fix the problems in your eyes or not.
It also needs to be understood that laser eye surgery is most effective on people’s vision that are no longer adjusting or changing. As we grow older, our eyes hit a point where they won’t alter as much. Many people have the surgery done without taking this into consideration and don’t have as much of a success with the procedure. It is more than likely that these patients will require the use of glasses or other outside modifications again to help them see as well.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS?
As with any surgery, LASIK eye surgery carries risks, including:
• Undercorrections. If the laser removes too little tissue from your eye, you won’t get the clearer vision results you were hoping for. Undercorrections are more common for people who are nearsighted. You may need another refractive surgery (enhancement surgery) within a year to remove more tissue.
• Overcorrections. It’s also possible that the laser will remove too much tissue from your eye. Overcorrections may be more difficult to fix than undercorrections.
• Vision returning to pre-surgery vision. Over time, your eyes may slowly return to the level of vision you had before surgery. This may happen due to certain conditions, such as abnormal wound healing, hormonal imbalances or pregnancy.
• Visual loss or changes. Rarely, you may experience loss of vision due to surgical complications. Some people also may not see as sharply or clearly as previously.
• Astigmatism. Astigmatism can be caused by uneven tissue removal. It may require additional surgery, glasses or contact lenses.
• Glare, halos and double vision. After surgery you may have difficulty seeing at night. You might notice glare, halos around bright lights or double vision.
• Even when a good visual result is measured under standard testing conditions, your vision in dim light (such as at dusk or in fog) may be reduced to a greater degree after the surgery than before the surgery.
• Dry eyes. LASIK causes a temporary decrease in tear production. For the first six months or so after your surgery, your eyes may feel unusually dry as they heal. Dry eyes can reduce the quality of your vision.
• Your eye doctor might recommend that you use eyedrops during this time. If you experience severe dry eyes, you could opt for another procedure to get special plugs put in your tear ducts to prevent your tears from draining away from the surface of your eyes.
• Flap problems. Folding back or removing the flap from the front of your eye during surgery can cause complications, including infections, excess tears and inflammation.
• The outermost corneal tissue layer (epithelium) may grow abnormally underneath the flap during the healing process.
With that being said, 92% of patients that undergo Lasik laser eye surgery are satisfied with the operation. They see better nearly immediately and most don’t have to use glasses or contacts for the rest of their lives.
Even with the possible downsides of Lasik eye surgery, it has helped many people improve their lives, and it could help you too. On the chance that this may be the right course of action for you, it might be worth considering.