This article is going to answer a few commonly asked questions about LASIK surgery, such as
- What is it and what condition does it correct
- What are the risks involved
- Are there any long term side effects from the procedure
To help you to understand LASIK surgery a bit better here are some things you need to know.
LASIK Surgery Facts
The abbreviation LASIK stands for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses”, this surgical procedure treats myopia, hyperopia, and blurred vision. LASIK surgery involves reshaping the cornea of the eye which will remove the patient’s dependency on glasses.
The procedure is fast and painless and it can be done in 20 minutes and you can see the results within 24 to 48 hours. The results from the procedure are also permanent and many people can get their 20/20 eyesight back. LASIK surgery is often preferred over other similar procedures.
Who Should Have LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery is generally recommended for people who:
- Are over 18 years old
- Have had a steady vision for at least 2 years before the procedure, but sometimes if you have a particularly high prescription your ophthalmologist may stop you from having the procedure.
- Have healthy eyes, before undergoing LASIK surgery you need to have a healthy retina, cornea, and eye pressure. If the surgeon doesn’t classify your eyes as being healthy you will not make for a good candidate for the surgery.
- Have no other eye diseases, such as dry eyes syndrome, cataracts, or advanced glaucoma. If you have had any pre-existing eye diseases you may be rejected for the procedure.
- Patients who are suffering from or have suffered from autoimmune diseases will usually be advised against having LASIK surgery. Pregnant women will also be advised against the surgery.
Limitations, Risks, and Side Effects of LASIK Surgery
Having LASIK surgery does not mean that you will have a total of 20/20 vision, you may need glasses in the future, as you age but it certainly gives you your sight back.
Just the fact that it is a surgical procedure immediately means there is some degree of risk involved. The following complications and side effects could arise:
- Some discomfort initially
- A bit of vision disturbance
- Dry eyes
- Incomplete corrections of the eye
LASIK surgery is very effective and one of the best procedures to correct vision. Are you a candidate for the procedure, to find out contact your ophthalmologist today.