Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Eye Health: Pain-free LASIK surgery is often best, most common solution for poor vision

Are you dependent on glasses or contact lenses? For the majority of my patients who are, I have spoken with them about LASIK surgery.
LASIK is an acronym for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” and is the most common laser eye surgery that treats myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
Laser eye surgery is pain-free and is usually completed in about 15 minutes for both eyes. During LASIK surgery, the cornea is reshaped to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clear vision.
A thin circular flap is made in the cornea, then it is folded back and a highly specialized laser uses an ultraviolet light beam to remove tiny amounts of tissue from the cornea to reshape it. The goal is to flatten the cornea for nearsighted people, or to create a steeper cornea for those who are farsighted.
The flap is laid back in place and the cornea heals naturally. 

Immediately after surgery, people may experience some blurry vision or haziness.
Positive results can typically be experienced in as little as 24 hours, and eyesight will continue to improve within a few days. It’s possible that a patient could go back to work the next day, but many doctors advise taking a couple days off to rest.
Exercise should be avoided for about a week after LASIK. 

It is not guaranteed, but most people attain 20/20 vision with LASIK surgery. LASIK continues to improve and millions of people all over the world are less dependent on glasses or contact lenses.
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