Vision problems are not new in the society and each situation demands a particular solution. Fortunately, scientific advances in vision correction procedures have yielded an option for every problem. For example, LASIK eye surgery procedure is just one of the options available in the market.
LASIK is a vision correction method most suitable for people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Like other laser vision correction methods, LASIK eye surgery procedure aims at reshaping the cornea, which is the part of the eye that allows light to enter through it.
Benefits of LASIK
Performed by qualified eye surgeons, LASIK comes with a number of benefits including:
· Restored vision
· Very little pain during surgery
· Works faster (vision restored the same day or one day after surgery)
· No stitches or bandage involved
· Possibility for adjustment as you age
· Reduction or no use of eyeglasses or contact lenses
Preparation for LASIK eye surgery procedure
In spite of all the benefits associated with it, LASIK is not for everyone. Therefore, it is important to gather the necessary information about the procedure and prepare well if you are the right candidate.
Before the surgery, your coordinator or surgeon will alert you on what to expect during the process. During that session, your doctor will evaluate your medical history and examine your eyes thoroughly. Common tests at this time include:
· Corneal thickness
· Corneal mapping
· Pupil dilation
· Air pressure
Once you are done with the initial evaluation, it’s time to meet the surgeon. Use this opportunity to ask any question that you may have, after which you may schedule an appointment for the surgery.
Besides, your surgeon will inform you of any condition that is required on your part. For example, patients with permeable contact lenses should cease using them at least 21 days before the evaluation. For other types of contact lenses, patients should stop using them at least three days before the evaluation. Remember to bring your eyeglasses to the surgeon for possible prescription renewal.
Experts also recommend a light meal on the day of surgery just before your appointment with the surgeon. In addition, take all the medication as prescribed. No makeup or bulky hair accessories are allowed on the surgery day, as these may interfere with the position of your head under the laser.
The LASIK procedure
Only qualified eye surgeons can perform LASIK effectively. The procedure takes place under local anesthesia administered as eye drops. According to experts, a successful LASIK surgery takes about 10 minutes. Some patients also require a mild sedation. After the surgery, you may not be able to drive yourself home so plan for that.
Potential side effects of LASIK
Like any other surgical procedure, LASIK comes with mild side effects. This may vary from one person to another. However, side effects, though rare, may include one or more of the following:
· Difficulty in driving, especially at night
· Unsteady vision
· Dry eyes
· Seeing hollow round images
However, the side effects are mild and should disappear within a few days after surgery.