Benefits of LASIK



As with any type of elective medical procedure, there are both benefits and potential risks with LASIK. Even though it is a high-tech procedure employing cutting-edge lasers, it is still surgery. It has grown in popularity over the last decade because of its very high success rate combined with the fact that most people who wear glasses and/or contact lenses (along with all of the hassle and maintenance of contact lenses) are very motivated to be rid of them.

Patient screening is probably the most crucial step of the process. All reputable LASIK doctors will thoroughly screen candidates for surgery to ensure the highest possible success rate by eliminating the most risky cases. This is important because the procedure is irreversible and an unsuccessful surgery can cause damage that ends up being worse than the original impaired vision. Not screening an at-risk patient is a potential invitation to a medical malpractice suit.

Likewise, it is in the patient's best interest to look into the doctor's qualifications. There are some simple questions that can be asked such as: how long has the doctor been using the equipment that he or she is currently using? how many procedures? what is the success rate, how many patients achieve 20/20 vision? has the doctor faced any malpractice claims or been denied malpractice insurance?

The objective of LASIK eye surgery is to correct what is known as refractive errors which may result in either nearsightedness or farsightedness. A specialized laser actually alters the surface of the cornea (the actual lens of the eye) to improve the way that light is filtered into the eye. The types of microscopic imperfections or aberrations that need to be repaired are actually unique to each and every individual. This has led to the development of more precise methods such as wavefront/custom LASIK which tailors the procedure to address the specific needs of the patient.

Wavefront technology is certainly revolutionary as it has the potential to enhance not merely just how much you will be able see, but also how well you can see, with respect to contrast sensitivity and intricate details. This in turn can mean decreased risk of the most regularly occurring post-LASIK side effects, which include glare, halos as well as difficulties with night vision. This is because of the capacity of custom LASIK to address and deal with both lower and higher-order aberrations. Custom LASIK's advantage in fact translates into a much better likelihood of attaining 20/20 vision.
The vast majority of patients that experience a successful surgery have the benefit of significantly improved eyesight after a day or so of recuperation. For this reason, LASIK is generally perceived as a quick yet permanent solution to improving one's quality of life. Some even claim that their visual acuity is noticeably improved the minute the procedure is completed. In other instances it may take anywhere from around two weeks to several months of slow but steady improvement. It all depends on the individual and their body's capacity to heal.

Yet another benefit which has undoubtedly boosted the public thoughts and opinions on LASIK is how quickly it is accomplished. The top trained eye surgeons making use of the most state-of-the-art equipment can usually successfully complete each eye in less than ten minutes. Considering the obvious complexity of the surgery along with the fact that it deals with one of the most delicate systems in the human body, it is really quite remarkable that it is such a brief procedure. On top of that the results can last for an entire lifetime.

Patients may go through a certain level of pain following the surgery, however the discomfort is usually not excruciating and can be borne by the patient. An appropriate and reliable painkiller is an effective fix for whatever pain is experienced post surgery. Patients can, in most cases, get back to their normal lifestyles after the procedure, however contact sports or physically demanding exercising is simply not permitted. The most prevalent complaint is dry eyes which, in most cases is going to resolve itself. In some cases, the eye doctor may prescribe eye drops to deal with the dryness and quicken the recuperation.

A few things to bear in mind for those who must depend on eyeglasses and are thinking about corrective eye surgery. First, it is common sense although not normally considered that glasses limit peripheral vision. Making the choice to try and improve your eyesight literally opens up a completely new dimension to people by widening the field of vision. Furthermore, glasses along with changing prescriptions for eyesight that slowly and gradually gets worse over time costs you money. Despite the cost of LASIK, you may actually save money in the long term considering the cost of replacement glasses and contact lenses.

Anyone considering LASIK should spend some time to learn about what it is, what the risks are, and whether the pros outweigh the cons.

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