In this article, we’re about to walk you through the meaning, procedure, effects and side effects of the Lasik Eye Surgery. Stay till the end of the article if you wish to find out more about the treatment.
What exactly is Lasik Eye Surgery?
LASIK – Laser in-situ Keratomileusis
It is a popular eye treatment procedure that is generally performed on nearsighted, farsighted or even on the people who have astigmatism, to correct their vision. This procedure also falls under the umbrella of many of the vision correction surgeries that primarily emphasize on:
- Reshaping the cornea
- Clear the front part of the eye so that the light focuses directly on the retina, at the back of the eye.
Why Lasik eye surgery?
Blurry vision, shortsightedness or long-sightedness is due to defect or the inability of the eyes to focus the light or rays directly on the retina. In medical terms, this is called the refractive error, which is divided into three types:
- Myopia: It is called nearsightedness and is the condition when things farther away from you, appears blurry.
- Hyperopia: It is called farsightedness and is the condition when things nearer to you, appears blurry.
- Astigmatism: It makes everything appear blurry due to the shape of the eye.
The procedure/treatment can be performed to correct any of the three conditions, and often, they’re successful in correcting the eyesight of a patient.
However, the procedure cannot be performed, if you:
- Are nursing or pregnant
- Are under 18 years of age
- Take certain medications
- Have changed your vision prescription
- Have uneven cornea
- Eye conditions like dry eyes and glaucoma
- Diabetes, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Some of the risks involved in the treatment are:
- The procedure is pretty complex and is also a rare one which can leave permanent effects on the vision. Hence, this is one of the primary reasons, people choose a surgeon with a lot of experience, over mediocre eye surgeons to follow this procedure.
- You might lose your best correctable vision, even the one with the highest degree when you’re wearing contacts or glasses.
- Most of the insurance companies do not cover this procedure.
Side effects of Lasik
Discomfort in the first few days of the procedure is a common side effect for every eye treatment. However, other side effects that are rare and generally fade in time include:
- Seeing halos around images
- Fluctuating vision
- Dry eyes
- Trouble driving at night
- Scratchy eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Small bruises on the eye
Benefits of the treatment
- Corrected vision
- No pain
- The results of the procedure are immediate.
- Save more money
- Allergy relief
- Improved self-confidence
- No glasses or contact for the rest of your life.