What You Need To Know About LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery is growing more popular on a daily basis as the cost for improving your eyesight through laser vision correction surgery continues to drop. After this surgery and seeing the results (no pun intended) you will feel very comfortable with paying the fees associated with laser eye surgery. Just imagine not having to hassle with glasses or contact lenses anymore, but actually being able to see the end of the bed when you wake up in the morning.
LASIK eye surgery, also known as refractive surgery, detects any aberrations by directing a weak laser source into the eye, and by sampling and processing the reflection off the retina. You may have heard or read the horror stories associated with LASIK eye surgery but the truth is that the vast majority of people have a successful laser eye surgery and enjoy a pleasant experience before, during and after surgery. One of the most recognized suggestions by all doctors performing laser eye surgery is to bring a friend or relative with you to the clinic where the eye surgery will be performed.
The cornea and the crystalline lens are not perfect, and light rays passing through the eye are subject to being distorted due to these imperfections. LASIK is a refractive surgery technique that involves reshaping of the cornea via precise ablation. Night vision problems are known to be caused by the irregularity between the untouched part of the cornea and the reshaped part.
Problems with the cornea can be related to many vision troubles like hyperopia (far-sightedness) and myopia (near-sightedness). During your examination prior to surgery, standard eye tests and computer images of the cornea will be obtained to build up a picture of the eye and determine what corrections need should made. The goal of LASIK is to reshape the cornea in order to allow for accurate refraction, which results in the light rays falling exactly on the retina of the eye to provide you with a clear picture. The shape of the cornea is changed permanently once this surgery is performed.
Many people find that after they reach the age of approximately 40, they need reading glasses to read things up close such as a book, magazine or newspaper, even a computer screen. Many people wear contact lenses which corrects their normal vision, but also use reading glasses to read things up close. This is not abnormal. But one of the myths about LASIK eye surgery is that it will eliminate this issue, which is not true. Although a person in this situation will no longer need the contact lenses for normal vision, chances are excellent that reading glasses will still be required to read things up close.
Before going for LASIK, ask your surgeon to detail what the risks are. As with any form of surgery, there are risks involved. There are both benefits and risks to this surgery, and you should be aware of all of them before you decide to have the treatment. Needless to say, we as a society take these kinds of risks every day and may not even know it.
Although LASIK is a relatively safe surgery and most people do not have problems after the surgery, it is important to understand that there are still risks involved and what those risks are.
Do your homework and make sure you understand what is involved with LASIK eye surgery beyond just the cost. After all, this is your EYES we’re dealing with here! It is well worth your time and effort to do your homework for a procedure that is going to be a permanent change to your eyes, and this is not the time to be making a snap decision without sufficient research first.
About the Author: Jon is a computer engineer who maintains web sites on a variety of topics based on his knowledge and experience. You can read more about LASIK eye surgery and related information at his web site at http://www.my-lasik-guide.com/