LASIK also known as laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis is a refractive surgery that corrects the different types of vision problems faced by individuals such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, etc. In most cases today, LASIK surgery is seen as the most ideal way to get permanently rid of wearing glasses and lenses. Of all the refractive surgeries that exist, LASIK is seen as the most popular form of surgery with a remarkable 96% success rate.
A refractive surgery is meant to rectify the errors in one’s eye by reshaping the cornea to enable the light to properly enter the eye and ensure the light focuses on the retina. Patients who have undergone LASIK surgeries have testified it to be a painless procedure that gets completed in a matter of 15 minutes.
The goal of LASIK surgery differs depending on the problem area of the cornea. For example; for a nearsighted individual, the laser flattens the cornea with the removal of bits of tissue, for a farsighted individual, the laser steepens the curve of the cornea and for an individual suffering from astigmatism, the laser smoothens the irregular cornea into shape.
Before a LASIK Eye surgery can take place, an eye examination is vital which is evaluated by the eye doctor. On understanding the shape, size and thickness, the ophthalmologist suggests the appropriate eye procedure. The different types of LASIK are
Wavefront-guided LASIK – an updated and advanced form of LASIK
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)–the first successful vision correction procedure to change the curvature of the cornea
LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) – similar to PRK yet in certain ways helps the eye heal faster
The benefits of doing a laser eye surgery are numerous especially when looking for a long term solution. In most cases, people are gifted with a 20/20 vision for life and don’t need to depend on glasses or contact lenses to see well. LASIK is a popular surgery not only because of its many advantages but also helps improve the quality of life.
At the end of the LASIK eye surgery, the eye doctor examines the eye again to be assured of its health. The recovery period following the surgery is not more than a day. However, straining the eye by driving, cooking, etc must be avoided. A little rest for a lifetime without hassle. Consult your eye surgeon today and know more of how eligible you are for a LASIK surgery.