How laser surgery can correct your vision. But it’s not without risk.
It’s Laser Jim, but not as we know it!
It’s hard to imagine reading or working everyday by candlelight. For centuries this was the primary way of lighting a home or workplace and it must have put considerable strain on the eyes. With specific lighting, a fantastic range of glasses available and prescriptions lenses of all types we should happy. Right?
Wrong! With life expectancy continuing to rise we know our eyesight is even more valuable than it ever was and therefore getting the best from it over a longer period of time is now what most people want.
With corrective surgery now becoming commonplace is it worth undertaking a procedure or is it best to stick to wearing the most appropriate glasses or contact lenses for your condition?
Firstly it’s important to understand what corrective eye surgery is all about before opting whether to explore it further or stick to the conventional spectacle route. But what is Laser Surgery and does it hurt?
Laser surgery, or LASIK, as it is known, is an acronym that is short for ‘Laser in Situ Keratomileusis’. You can see the need for Lasik! To explain further the procedure is where a flap is cut into the cornea (the front surface of the eye) and the laser is then used to vaporise tissue under the cornea to reshape it. The corneal flap is then reattached and so corrects the prescription of the individual.
This has the capacity to accurately correct general levels of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. Quite often it will considerably reduce the requirement for glasses or lenses post operatively. However younger myopic people would typically still need to wear glasses for reading when they become presbyopic.
This procedure has been available for over twenty years and has become quite routine typically taking about quarter of an hour per eye.
Laser surgery is not without risk
Most people who undergo laser surgery have a successful outcome, but obviously there is an element of risk with any surgical process and some patients find there is little change in their prescription or they have dry eyes or a range of distracting post op effects.
For some it can even make vision worse than it was. Unfortunately there is no going back. It is up to the individual to make an informed decision after consulting an optician.
If the idea of laser surgery makes you queasy and you’re not prepared to take the risks associated with it, there are a wide range of options available and with glasses being the must have accessory for people who don’t even need them then you can find spectacles to suit your age, shape of face, colouring and personality. At Chapman’s Opticians you will get all this plus a highly experienced and knowledgeable professional and personal service.
Don’t struggle with your vision; take care of it today so it will last a lifetime.