Are you tired of wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses? If so, laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery can be a great option for you. LASIK surgery has a great track record and the majority of people are happy with the results. However, LASIK surgery may not be for everybody and like other medical procedures, it comes with some risks.
When It is a Great Choice?
LASIK surgery is a kind of refractive eye surgery. The procedure involves the surgeon creating a flap in the cornea and using a laser for reshaping the cornea and correcting refractive error issues in the eye. It is most appropriate for those who have a moderate refractive error degree which causes farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. A great surgical result depends upon careful assessment of the eyes before the surgery.
LASIK Surgery for Presbyopia
The majority of adults are expected to lose their ability to concentrate on nearby objects by their early to mid-forty’s. Because of this, it will be difficult for them to read small print or do close-up tasks. It is likely that this condition will continue to worsen until around age 65. Those who have presbyopia can choose to undergo LASIK surgery to have a clear distance vision; however, this can worsen their ability to see objects close up.
In order to maintain one’s ability to see close objects, it can be best to have the vision corrected for monovision. This involves correcting one eye for distant vision and the other for near vision. Not everybody can tolerate or adjust monovision. Before undergoing a permanent surgical procedure, a person needs to do a trial with contact lenses.
Risks of LASIK Surgery
Just like any surgery, this laser eye surgery comes with some risks including.
- Overcorrection, ne or more astigmatism or undercorrection. When the laser removes too much or too little tissue from the eye, a person will not get the clear vision he wants. Likewise, uneven tissue removal can lead to astigmatism.
- Dry eyes. LASIK surgery causes tea production to temporary decrease. As the eyes heal, they are likely to feel unusually dry. Even following healing, the person may experience a frequency in dry eye.
- Vision disturbances. Following surgery, a person may find it difficult to see at night. Also, he may experience double vision or notice halos, glare around bright lights.
- Vision loss. In very rare instances, a person who has undergone LASIK surgery may experience a decrease in the best corrected vision.
But all these risks can be avoided when a person chooses the right eye surgeon to perform the surgery.