Top Ten facts you must know about LASIK eye surgery

Tired and bored of wearing glasses and contact lenses? Want to be free from the daily hazards?  you can go for a LASIK surgery.

Lets explore some of the important facts you must know before taking a final decision.

1) LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It is a type of refractive laser eye surgery performed by doctors to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. This treatment involves the change of shape of the cornea permanently.

2) During the surgery, small amounts of tissue are removed from the center of the cornea which adversely affects how light is received through the cornea to the retina.

3) Like any other surgery many risks are involved such as vision loss, dry eye syndrome, glaucoma etc. Actually in glaucoma intraocular pressure increases to the dangerous levels which destroys optic nerve. LASIK surgery makes cornea thin thus aggravating glaucoma.

4) You may develop debilitating visual syndromes. One possible result is that you may see starburst patterns around lights. Driving at night may become very risky, especially with heavy oncoming traffic. The headlights may seem almost blinding to some.

5) Keep in mind that there are chances of above problems but it doesn’t mean that you will also be affected in any of these ways.

6) Don’t make a decision based on what other people say even if they have had the procedure done with great success. Make your decision based on facts and only after discussing everything with  specialists.

7) While choosing a doctor be very sure about his qualifications, his success rate and check whether he uses FDA approved equipments.

8) Feel free to talk to the doctor and go over the procedure with him. They should be able to tell you exactly what to expect before, during and after the LASIK eye surgery.

9) It is important to have an eye examination before surgery to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Discuss about medications you are taking or have taken within the last six months. This includes over-the-counter medications and let him know about any allergies you have.

10) Finally, Try to go for the best, don't let cost be a factor because no cost can be greater than your eyes. These are precious gifts from God.

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2 Responses to “Top Ten facts you must know about LASIK eye surgery”

  1. Susan Diaz Says:

    LASIK is an option that can help minimize your reliance on contacts or glasses. A thorough eye exam is the first step. Your refractive error is measured and this will give important information on how to proceed. Corneal surface and depth are mapped on a computer to determine if LASIK is an acceptable option. It is important that one consult a doctor who has experience with the up to date techniques involved in the procedure. Columbia Laser Vision Correction has a team of experienced eye surgeons with over 15 years of expertise serving Manhattan, New York City. Visit here
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  2. David D. Richardson, MD Says:

    Nice summary of the issues involved. I’m especially impressed that this article mentions the added risk to people with glaucoma - this risk is seldom mentioned.

    I also agree that cost should not be the primary reason for choosing a LASIK center. You will generally get what you pay for: the more experienced surgeons with the more advanced technology will charge more for LASIK.

    Probably the most important decision someone who is considering LASIK must make is what surgeon to choose. Although I do not perform LASIK, I have created a document for my cataract patients to help them in choosing a surgeon. The article can be viewed by clicking this link:

    10 Things You Must Know Before Choosing Your Cataract Surgeon []

    The advice in this document can be applied to choosing any surgeon in any specialty, not just cataract surgeons>.

    David D. Richardson, M.D.
    Medical Director

    San Gabriel Valley Eye Associates, Inc.
    207 S. Santa Anita Street, Suite P-25
    San Gabriel, CA 91776

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