People have been sceptical about laser eye surgery. Are there any side effects of this type of operation? Will the long term result be a favourable one?
With a study that was conducted, doubters will not anymore be sceptical regarding the effectiveness of LASIK eye surgery. Millions of people with eye problems are now reassured that correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism through LASIK surgery is a safe and effective method.
What research study suggests
According to the longest follow up of patients who underwent the LASIK eye laser surgery for visual correction, there is a very minimal rate of complications for the sampled individuals. On the contrary, the research suggests a very high rate of long term positive result and satisfaction with the operation.
The Miguel Hernandez University Medical School of Spain followed for 10 years patients who had undergone LASIK operation. These patients had low, tolerable and severe myopia. The head of the research team reported that less than 20 percent of those with low and moderate myopia underwent retreatment during the 10 year period.
LASIK surgery is safe and very effective
LASIK is now the most popular and commonly used operation in treating people with nearsightedness. This is sometimes called by medical practitioners as the “flap and zap surgery”. In the LASIK surgical operation, a small flap is cut out in the cornea and then reshapes the cornea by the help of a laser.
Surveys and thorough study concluded that LASIK is a safe and effective eye laser surgery. Complications in patients following the LASIK procedure were very rare among the participants in the study. The trend was that most complications happened in the days or months following the operation contrary to the fear of many that complications will take place after several years from the day of operation. These complications were the minor issues such as itchiness and burning sensation felt by the patient. They were not purely complications but rather natural effects of the surgery.
The research findings are reassuring to millions of people worldwide who want to be operated through the LASIK eye surgery. With great certainty, doctors and medical practitioners can now say that the method is a safe long term procedure.
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