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Shedding Your Glasses. The Ins and Outs of LASIK Surgery
If you among many people that are thinking about have laser vision correction surgery done, it is a good idea to do so. After having the surgery, the candidate will no longer have to be dependent on glasses and contact lenses.
People with certain vision conditions such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness can be candidates for LASIK eye surgery. During the surgery, the outermost part of the eye which is called the cornea is changed. As a result, the candidate is no longer dependent on wearing glasses or contact lenses.
Most candidates do not report any problems after the surgery. In fact, the number of less than 1% has any side effects. The surgery is on an outpatient basis. Most people return to work the next day. Their usual activities also resume the day after surgery. Side effects can happen with any type of surgery.
After the surgery, the number one complaint for candidates is chronic dry eyes. The reason for this is the surgery decreases the lubrication amount for a candidate’s eye. The severity of dry eyes can vary from serious to very serious. Some candidates after the surgery report itching, redness and maybe pain.
These problems can be solved by using artificial eye drops such as the "Refresh" brand. Another product that a candidate can use at nighttime is called "Refresh PM eye ointment". This ointment should be used at night since the thickness can temporarily cause slight blurred vision. Some people find that taking flax seed oil caplets or using a humidifier in their house can relieve the dry, scratchy feeling in their eyes. For most patients, the dry eyes and scratchy eyes usually return to normal in a few weeks or a few months. A tiny plug can be inserted into the tear ducts in the eye for the more serious dry eye problems to keep moisture from evaporating. The plug is not permanent and can be removed when the dry eye problem gets better.
It is a wise decision to carefully select your eye doctor. Be certain the eye doctor has the proper credentials and research to see the amount of successful laser vision corrections surgeries he or she performed. There are a lot of eye centers that have low prices and sound too good to be true. It probably is too good to be true. Remember, you get what you pay for. Ask around at relatives, coworkers, and friends to find the best eye doctor. To get a well established, experienced eye doctor, it will cost. But remember, this is your eye sight we are talking about. Have an experienced doctor makes a big difference. A consultation should always be done before any surgery is performed. The consultation will determine if you are a candidate to have the laser vision correction surgery. Only the doctor can determine this after performing an eye examination. The doctor will advise you if it is worth it for you to have the surgery, i.e., if your eye sight will improve enough to warrant the surgery.
Any experienced ophthalmologist will help you deal with any issues you may have after the surgery. They can recommend suggestions and put a plug in your eye if you experience serious dry eyes. Your eyes should always be checked after the surgery is performed and the day after the surgery is done. After that, you should have routine eye exams for up to a year after the sure is performed. After a year, the doctor should release you from their care as your eyes have fully healed. The eye exams for up to a year should be included in the cost of the surgery.
About the Author: Ulises Tarmet is a retired ophthalmologist who has 36 years of experience working for in the San Francisco LASIK community helping people to improve their vision.