How LASIK Eye Surgery can Improve Your Vision

Are you feeling visually and socially restricted by your spectacles or contact lenses? You may opt for an eye surgery. LASIK ( Laser Assisted in Situ Ketatomileusis), the most commonly performed procedure is a safe and effective treatment for getting rid of common eye problems.

This method involves the use of laser to change the shape of the cornea permanently. It reshapes the focusing system of the eye allowing you to see clearly without the need of eyeglasses or contact lenses.


LASIK is usually performed on corneas' whose thickness is more than 500 micro millimeters. Therefore, it's not suitable for people with cone-shaped corneas, rather spherically shaped. It's also not recommended for persons whose refractive errors (e.g. astigmatism, myopia, hypertropia and keratoconus) has been changing frequently over the past year. Generally one should: be at least 18 years old, not have certain diseases of the cornea and retina such as dry eye disease, and can be in good health.

LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure

LASIK is a quick procedure that takes about 10 minutes and does not need hospital admission. The eye specialist will first carry out a series of eye examinations to determine: If your eyes are fit to undergo LASIK, the kind os correction needed, and how much laser surgery is required.

Prior to the actual surgery, a mild oral sedative may be given. LASIK is adelicate procedure and should be performed by a skilled surgeon with proper equipment. Numbing eye drops are applied to the eyes so there is no discomfort during the procedure.

Once the eye is positioned under the laser, a very thin flap on the cornea is cut and lifted. Laser is applied as a scattered beam on the surface of the cornea for about 20 seconds, and then the area is dried out and the flap placed back in position where it bonds securely. No stitching is required. This procedure reduces the thickness of the cornea, which helps correct the refractive errors.

You will then rest for a while after the procedure and you may go home. There are no injections or bandages; but you'll use eye drops for a minimum of six weeks after the surgery. Allow about  two to four hours for the entire process.

LASIK Eye Correction Pros and Cons
Pros:
  • It's safe and effective
  • Visual recovery is rapid and relatively painless
  • It is customized and individualized according to a patient's need
  • Most people will achieve fairly good vision after the procedure
Cons:
  • It is an invasive surgical procedure i.e. it involves creating a break or incision in the skin.
  • There's a possibility of not attaining the desired outcome. Sometimes, you may need glasses or contact lenses following surgery, though the prescription level will be much lower than before.
  • It does not correct presbyopia (a condition where the eye lens loses flexibility as we age, resulting in long sight). Persons above the age of 40 will still need glasses for reading even after undergoing LASIK.

8 comments:

  1. what is the cost of lasik eye surgery in Kenya? and which hospitals offer this service

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    1. I'm only aware of Kikuyu eye hospital and Lions Sight First eye hospital. The latter's cost of lasik eye surgery is KSh 150,000 ($1760) for both eyes.

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  2. That was an informative post on lasik eye surgery. I am wholeheartedly appreciating your effort for sharing this. I would like to read more of your posts on this, so keep blogging more.

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  3. Lasik eye surgery is really an effective procedure to bring back your vision. The latest inventions is making it more and more safe to perform.

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  4. The Beverly Hills Vision Institute, located in Beverly Hills, CA, provides ophthalmic care for the entire family, whether it's routine vision correction or surgical intervention. Under the direction of A. James Khodabakhsh, M.D., Medical Director, Beverly Hills Vision Institute serves patients from surrounding communities, as well as those from other states and countries. Their beautifully decorated, modern facility gives patients a comfortable, yet most efficient environment in which to receive treatment. Dr. Khodabakhsh, responsible for taking Laser Cataract Removal in Torrance to an all new height, specializes in state-of-the-art refractive cataract surgery, innovative LASIK/LASEK vision correction, glaucoma, as well as an array of other refractive surgery options.

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  5. In the wake of having LASIK surgery, most patients appreciate an agreeable, common vision. This technique permits them to appreciate an additionally satisfying dynamic lifestyle and seek after exercises that were constrained by wearing glasses or contacts. Moreover, experiencing LASIK, takes out the cost of ceaselessly obtaining glasses, contacts or results needed to see obviously.

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  6. Genuine LASER time is proportionate to the expected rectification and typically between 20-50 seconds for generally patients. In any case, including preparatory time, the time span will be 10-15 minutes. Post surgery you may oblige rest for something like 2 prior hours release. Pretreatment assessment is carried out by errand and assessment includes up to 2 hours for extensive eye exams refraction, geography and pachymetry with no hospitalization needed.

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  7. Thanks for sharing!

    LASIK, or "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis," is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. While LASIK surgery has a high success rate, it is important that you discuss all facets of the procedure with your surgeon prior to consenting to the surgery. Your eye doctor will perform a thorough eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure. He or she will evaluate the shape and thickness of your cornea; pupil size; refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism) as well as any other eye conditions. Always consult an expert, Ophthalmologist In Carlsbad Dr. Michael Tracy specializes in LASIK and PRK eye surgery. Get a professional & high quality eye care.

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