Over the last few years, Laser Eye Surgery has become the mainstream treatment for vision problems like nearsightedness, far sightedness and astigmatism. Even celebrities have undergone the eye procedure and a vast majority of the operations have passed off with no ill effects. Lasik which is the most popular type of Laser Eye Surgery has been performed since the 1990’s and the procedure has been greatly improved over the years. However, this does not mean that other types of Laser Eye Surgery are ineffective; Lasek or PRK are recommended by eye doctors for patients who are not possible candidates for Lasik.
How will you know if you are not a candidate for Lasik?
Some questions cannot be answered until the eye doctor has examined the eyes. After the initial consultation, the eye doctor will inform you whether you are a candidate for Lasik otherwise, a different eye procedure will be recommended. Some people though cannot undergo Laser Eye Surgery due to the following conditions:
• Pregnancy – visions changes are not uncommon during pregnancy which makes it difficult for the eye doctors to determine the correct measurements. Some medications may not be suitable for pregnant and nursing women.
• Eye conditions – those with eye diseases and corneal conditions like chronic dry eyes or glaucoma are not permitted to undergo Laser Eye Surgery.
• Autoimmune diseases – people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or Type 1 diabetes are not good candidates for Laser Eye Surgery since their healing abilities might be compromised.
Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery
Many patients who have undergone Laser Eye Surgery are happy about the effects with the vast majority reporting that their eyes felt normal after the day of operation. Minimal Discomfort can be felt immediately after the eye procedure but this is alleviated by anti-bacterial eye drops that the eye doctor will prescribe. Many patients have also reported that they have experienced good vision immediately after the surgery but not all patients will enjoy this benefit particularly those with higher prescriptions. In most cases, people with very low prescriptions will immediately see improvements but those with higher prescriptions will have to wait for about 6 to 8 hours.
Maybe you have seen some articles about Laser Eye Surgery that describes some serious complications suffered by patients after the procedure. How accurate was the article? Is there truth to the rumors that Laser Eye Surgery is an expensive procedure that results into dry eyes?
First of all, undergoing laser eye treatment is not like buying a car. If you are actually considering eye surgery for vision correction, make efforts to do research so that you can determine why the article has over sensationalized the problem with dry eyes.
Will you suffer from dry eyes after Laser Eye Surgery?
To keep this problem in perspective, many people who seek vision correction from Laser Eye Surgery already have dry eyes. People with dry eyes do not feel comfortable with contact lens that is why they are looking at Laser Eye Surgery so that they will not be required to wear eyeglasses.
Fortunately, patients are pre-screened for dry eyes detection and treatment before they are approved as potential candidates for Lasik Eye Surgery. Dry eyes after Lasik can really cause discomfort but this is alleviated by lubricating eye drops. If you are seriously concerned about dry eyes, there are other procedures that do not involve creating a flap in the eye’s surface such as Lasek or PRK. In fact, the eye doctor will typically suggest these alternatives.
Does the flap heal after Lasik?
To perform Lasik, the eye surgeon uses an instrument called a microkeratome or the more specialized femtosecond laser to cut a layer of corneal tissue which is then folded back. Femtosecond is new technology for the creation of the Lasik flap through hundreds of thousands of pulses for a more precise accuracy of depth and shape.
After the excimer laser is done with its job on the corneas based on your prescription, the corneal flap is replaced. The flap will eventually heal and re-bond to the underlying stromal bed but due to individual healing differences, the timeline for healing varies. Hopefully this information reassures you that the Lasik flap will heal completely and provide strength and structural integrity for the eyes.
Always ask the eye doctor about your concerns so that they will be addressed immediately. Lasik is not the only type of Laser Eye Surgery. The eye doctor can recommend other procedures like Lasek or PRK