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Know if LASIK Surgery is Right for You

In today’s world, LASIK surgery is becoming increasingly popular and more and more people are opting for a laser eye correction. However, if you embark upon a LASIK eye surgery, it is possible that you will have concerns about your eyes, the surgery, and of course, the impact of the surgery on your eyes.  It is a major decision, and make sure that when you are going in for LASIK prescreening, you are making the right choice. 

You need to have a detailed discussion about the cause and effect with your doctor before you make your final call, and there should be no way that you should compromise with the cons of the surgery, if you feel there are any, before blindly running after the pros of LASIK eye surgery. Know if LASIK surgery is right for you if you are giving a LASIK visual correction serious thought.

LASIK Surgery: Is it a Good Choice?

LASIK surgery is described as a refractive eye surgery. In the LASIK process, the eye surgeon will create a flap on your cornea. In the later process, he will use a laser for reshaping the cornea so that the focusing problems of the eyes are addressed. LASIK surgery can be opted by the persons who have:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia), in which nearby objects can be seen clearly, but not distant ones.
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia) where distant objects are perceived clearly while nearby objects are blurry.
  • Astigmatism, which is caused by irregular cornea.

If you expect a fair outcome of the LASIK surgery, you should never forget that it depends mostly on careful evaluation of your eyes before the surgery.

LASIK Surgery: Is it Right for Correcting Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a common problem, mostly with people who are in the early to mid-40s. The people at this age suffer from a gradual loss of the ability to focus on nearby objects. They find it difficult to read small print or doing tasks that require a close gaze. This situation continues to intrigue the vision until about age 60. Presbyopic patients can correct their vision for clear distance vision with LASIK surgery, but that does not help at all to see objects close up. Actually, it worsens the vision for that.

If you really want to correct your vision for close objects, you may have to opt for correcting your vision for monovision. When the eye is corrected for monovision, one of the eyes is corrected for distant vision and the other for near vision. However, many people have problems adjusting to monvision. Before you take any decision, it is better to do a trial with contact lenses.

LASIK Surgery: Know the Risks

Like any other corrective surgeries, LASIK surgery comes with definite risks as well. Some of them are listed as follows:

  1. Under-correction, over-correction or Astigmatism
  2. If the laser is unable to remove just the correct amount of tissue from your cornea for visual correction, it can lead to several other problems, and you won’t be able to have a clearer vision. Also, over-removal or uneven removal of the tissues can result in astigmatism.
  3. Vision Disturbances
  4. There are a lot of patients who complain of having difficulty seeing at night. It is possible that after the operation, you may suffer from vision problems like glare, halos around bright lights or double vision.
  5. Dry Eyes
  6. Sometimes LASIK surgery affects the lachrymal gland, thereby affecting the production of tears. The result is your eyes feel unusually dry at times.
  7. Flap Problems
  8. Complications may arise due to folding or removing the flap from the front of your eye during the LASIK eye surgery. There may be problems like infection, excess tears and swelling.

Tips to Follow Before You Go in for LASIK Surgery

  • If you use contact lenses regularly, before going for an evaluation to ensure that you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, stop using contact lenses several weeks in advance and start wearing your glasses full-time. This is because contact lenses do change the shape of the cornea and it takes several weeks to get them back to normal.
  • Find out from your doctor after the evaluation if you are a good candidate for LASIK. Also, know about the risks, benefits, and alternatives of LASIK surgery.
  • Ask the doctor about the visual changes you can expect after the surgery and details about the process.
  • Know the responsibilities before, during, and after the LASIK surgery
  • Research extensively on the Internet about LASIK eye surgery. There is no harm in knowing more.

LASIK Surgery: Words of Warning

  • LASIK surgery is not approved for patients who are under the age of 18.
  • Some complications are unavoidable in a percentage of patients after the LASIK surgery. Ask your doctor about the complete scenario before going under the knife.
  • Most of the medical insurances do not provide cover for LASIK surgery as it is considered a refractive surgery. Though the cost is coming down nowadays, the cost factor is still significant. You can run up an even bigger bill in case you have any complications.
  • You should not go for LASIK surgery in case you are pregnant or nursing. You should be in sound health when getting this surgery done.
  • Let your doctor know about al the prescriptions you take as before, during or after the surgery, there may be some medicines which he might advise you to discontinue.
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