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What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

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LASIK refers to laser in-situ keratomileusis and is the most common surgery for vision problems. It can treat people who are farsighted, nearsighted, or have astigmatism.

Difference between LASIK and LASER surgery

LASIK surgery is the type of Laser surgery. You cannot find any other types of laser eye surgery except for LASIK.

It is a pain-free surgery that takes about 15 minutes to complete for both eyes. The surgery improves vision without the need for contact lenses or eyeglasses. After surgery, it only takes a few days to improve the image and stabilize it properly.

Why Is LASIK Important?

When light interacts with your retina in the wrong way, your vision starts to get blurry.

It may be of the following types:

1.      Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

You are likely to see faraway things more clearly but have a blurry vision for closer objects in this condition.

2.      Nearsightedness (Myopia)

It is likely to happen when you see closer things clearly, but faraway things seem blurred.

3.      Astigmatism

The condition makes everything blurry.

Don’t opt for LASIK Surgery under the following conditions

  • If you are conceiving
  • If you are under 18
  • If your corneas are thin or uneven
  • Taking medication
  • Have got recent changes to vision prescription
  • Have dry eye or glaucoma
  • Have specific health concerns like diabetes, arthritis, or others

Benefits of LASIK Surgery

  • You can achieve your vision goals
  • It is less painful and less time-consuming
  • No bandages or stitches
  • No need for glasses or contacts after LASIK

Risks for LASIK Surgery

1)     Dry Eyes

After LASIK surgery, you may feel dry eyes for some weeks or months. However, the condition can last for a longer time and may cause permanent issues. Studies suggest that most people often experience the situation with dry eyes, at least for a specific time.

2)     Light Sensitivity

You may experience some light sensitivity in the early days after the procedure. But it may decrease with time.

3)     Visual Disturbance

You may tend to experience some visual disturbance after surgery, including an increase in glare, halos around objects, and lack of sight at night.

4)     Pain

Most practitioners claim that LASIK is pain-free, but some patients experience slight discomfort during LASIK surgery and after it. It may last for months or even years.

5)     Minimized Vision

LASIK has been successful for most people, but it has created some adverse effects on some patients. Some patients may experience minimized vision after LASIK surgery.

6)     Lack of Adequate Guidance

Eye specialists must give proper guidance to patients about LASIK surgery, care, risks, side effects, and other potential complications about the surgery. Lack of comprehensive information may create difficulty for patients after going through the procedure of LASIK surgery.

Final Words

LASIK surgery is the best option to retrieve your vision and live freely without the need to wear glasses or contacts every time. Still, you need to take into account the risks and side effects.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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