Eye LASIK Surgery

For people who are nearsighted but are otherwise healthy in the eye LASIK surgery is a rather painless, safe, and quick procedure which will most likely bring dramatic improvements to visual acuity. It may even become possible to throw away tiresome glasses and bothersome contact lenses and see quite clearly without them.

For patients with other visual problems of the eye LASIK surgery may not be the solution. The overall shape of the eye determines visual acuity and this surgical procedure works in such a way as to correct the elongated eyeball that causes nearsightedness (myopia).

Patients who are farsighted, have astigmatism, or have visual problems associated with the aging process may not be successful candidates for this surgical procedure. In patients who experience farsightedness or accurate vision in one eye and nearsightedness in the other eye LASIK surgery may bring balance to vision and eliminate the need for corrective lenses.

The surgery takes about 15 minutes, only eye drops are needed to numb the eye during surgery, and the patient remains awake and alert throughout. There are no stitches to heal, no wound or bleeding to treat, and recovery is quick with results almost immediately seen. Complete recovery, with stabilized vision, may take as long as six months.

Nevertheless, there are risks and less than desirable long-term effects associated with this procedure.

The possibility of corneal infection is always a possibility as is scarring that may leave a blurred spot in the vision. Scarring may also eliminate the option of wearing contact lenses if the surgery doesn’t achieve 20/20 vision once recovery is complete.

For middle-aged patients who need reading glasses to correct the problems associated with the aging of the eye LASIK surgery is likely to improve any nearsightedness but the need for reading glasses will most likely remain. Younger patients may gain freedom from corrective lenses but may likely require reading glasses once they reach their mid-40s.

Many patients report problems with night driving, glare, and haloes around lighted objects. In some cases, these issues clear up over time but others experience them on a permanent basis.

Dryness and scratchiness, sensitivity to light, and permanent vision loss are also problems also associated with this surgical procedure.

Med-Help is for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment recommendations.

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