What Is Lasik Eye Surgery?

What Is Lasik Eye Surgery?

If eyeglasses are not an option and you hate putting in contact lenses you may want to consider LASIK eye surgery. Medically this surgery is called keratomileusia and it does have a tremendous track record of success. Most people love the results and would recommend this surgery to friends and family. However, there are those who are not good candidates for LASIK eye surgery. Explore the options with a medical practitioner before making any drastic decisions.

During the surgery the eye surgeon makes a flap in the cornea and uses a laser to reshape your cornea and correct focusing problems in the eyes. It is very safe for those who are nearsighted or myopic where you see nearby objects plainly but faraway objects are a blur. There are those who are farsighted or hyperopic and you see distant objects clearly, but nearby objects are very difficult to focus on. You can also have LASIK eye surgery if you have an astigmatism or overall blurry vision. You do need to have your eyes evaluated before deciding on this type of eye surgery, however.

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LASIK eye surgery has progressed quite a bit since its inception. But there are some risks that include under or over correction. If the laser removes too much or too little tissues from your eye you will not have clearer vision. You may have problems seeing at night for a time. There may be coronas around bright lights and you may experience double vision.

LASER surgery always causes temporary dry eyes and there may be flap problems which will cause infection, excess tears and some swelling.

You may experience difficulties from LASIK surgery if you have any medical condition that impairs your ability to heal. These include autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and HIV. You may want to reconsider if you take an immunosuppressive drug this will increase the risk of poor LASIK surgery. You may want to reconsider having LASIK surgery if you have severe nearsightedness and have been diagnosed with a high refractive error or if you have fairly good vision. If you see well enough to only use glasses or contacts part of the time you may not need improvement. If you have huge pupils that are disposed to to opening wide in low light LASIK may cause ghost images, glare or halos in your vision. If you join in in contact sports and often get hit in the face or eyes, do not consider LASIK surgery.

Another issue could be the costs. Most insurance plans will not cover the costs of vision correction surgery unless it is deemed medically necessary.


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