For the past years, the results in LASIK eye surgery have inarguably continued to improve. This is with the help of the supporting technology and impressive surgeon skill that offer some peace of mind to patients who are unsure about what to expect.
During the procedure,the eye surgeon will be using a mechanical surgical tool known asmicrokeratome or a femtosecond laser to create a thin and circular flap in the patient’s cornea.The surgeon will then fold back the hinged flap to be able to access the stroma or the underlying cornea. This will allow him or her to remove some corneal tissue using the excimer laser.Thistype of laser is a highly specialized, anduses a cool ultraviolet light beam to ablate or remove microscopic amounts of tissue in the cornea. This will then help reshape the cornea so it can accurately focus light on a patient’s retina and improve their vision. For those patients who are nearsighted, the goal is to flatten the cornea, whilefarsighted peoplewill need to have a steeper cornea.
In addition to helping correct the vision of nearsighted and farsightedpatients, excimer laserscan also correct their astigmatism. It happens by smoothing an irregular cornea back into its normal shape. Once the laser has already reshaped the cornea, the flap will be then laid back in placein order to cover the part of the eye where the corneal tissue has been removed. It will even allow the cornea to heal naturally.
WithLASIK, more and more people from different parts of the world are becoming less dependent on their prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, regardless of the many success stories related to this treatment, your decision to undergo LASIK eye surgery should still be approached with caution. Just like in other treatment or surgery, there are serious potential risks that are associated with LASIK.When thinking of getting this procedure, do some research and consult with your eye specialist to have a better understandingabout it. Enquire about potential complications and its visual outcomes to see if this is really the procedure that is right for your needs.
Here are the risks and complications associated with LASIK:
Visual disturbance–some patients may experience halos, glare and starbursts in low-light environments, especially at night during the first few weeks or months after the surgery. In the vast majority of cases, these problems are temporary and disappear completely within three to six months.
Undercorrection, overcorrection or regression will result in less than optimal visual outcome after LASIK. It may occur if too little or too much cornea tissue is removed or when the eye healing process is not typical. In such cases patients may require an enhancement surgery to correct the remaining refractive error.
Most people respond well to LASIK surgery, however, there are still rare situations when permanent problems can result. Based on the guidelines from the Eye Surgery Education Council or ESEC,there are less than 1 percent of LASIK patients who experience serious problems that are vision threatening.
Once the doctor has already completed your LASIK surgery, you will rest for half an hour beforeheconducts a brief post-operative examination. For any inquiries or to schedule an appointment for a LASIK operation, don’t hesitate to contact Atlas Eye.