When people have eye problems, eyeglasses and contacts are their first option because they think these will help them see better. This is understandable considering the invasive nature of some eye treatment options. However, if you’re not a big fan of eyeglasses or contacts but still want clearer vision, optometrists and ophthalmologists may recommend laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery or simply laser eye surgery. Note that LASIK is a form of laser eye surgery and not all forms of laser eye surgery are regarded as LASIK. Elite Vision Center in Pembroke Pines specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of eye and vision problems and you can visit them to advise you on the best treatment option for your vision problems, even if it means eyeglass prescription or laser eye surgery. Below are the things to know about laser eye surgery.
What is Laser Eye Surgery?
Like most people, you probably think that laser eye surgery is nothing more than a single eye procedure. However, it comes in multiple forms and some of the most common ones are LASIK and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), which can all be used to treat refractive errors: farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. The LASIK procedure involves cutting a flap through the top layer into the cornea to gain access to the treatment area. PRK, on the other hand, involves the removal of the top layer covering the cornea, allowing it to grow back within 72 hours. PRK has a variation known as LASEK and the procedures are somewhat similar.
When Do You Need Laser Eye Surgery?
This is a burning question but the truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all eye treatment solution and the best treatment option for your scenario depends on the eye doctor’s assessment and the availability of the treatment options, depending on the refractive error and your preference, of course with the doctor’s advice. Some conditions, such as corneal diseases and dry eyes, can be a hindrance to you as you consider laser eye surgery as an option. For that reason, Elite Vision Center in Pembroke Pines recommends that you sit down and have an in-depth discussion with your ophthalmologist or optometrist first to determine if you are an ideal candidate for this eye procedure.
Pros and Cons
Perhaps one of the main advantages of having laser eye surgery is that you won’t need eyeglasses and so don’t have to worry about losing or forgetting your glasses or contact lenses. Overdependence on eyewear can be problematic at times. Similarly, you can enjoy taking part in your favorite contact sports without being limited by eyeglasses. Besides, there are no risks of eye infections caused by contact lenses, and laser eye surgery is somewhat a permanent solution and you don’t have to worry about constantly paying for eyewear and treatment. The procedure also produces fast results (typically lasts 15 minutes per eye) and is pain-free.
The cons, however, include the fact that the procedure can be costly and you may need a few days off to recover despite the procedure being relatively fast. Side effects may include dry eyes and there are risks of complications with the procedure, although this risk can be minimized by choosing the best hospital with the best ophthalmologists.
So, these are the things you should know before considering the procedure. Also, discuss with your eye doctor to see if you’re a good candidate.