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It’s true that LASIK is one of the most prevalent types of eye surgery. However, a few people are either not comfortable with, or not suitable for LASIK surgery due to inadequate thickness of the corneal tissue. There are several alternatives to LASIK surgery, each possessing certain characteristics that make it more appropriate in a particular situation. The procedures may be different, but the key intent is to correct the vision. The following are a few of the major alternatives to LASIK surgery.
LASEK (Laser-Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratomiluesis) is a recent addition to the refractive surgery catalog. As noted above, the density of the corneal tissue is inadequate in some patients, and hence, LASIK is not a possible option for them. In such a scenario, procedures like LASEK or PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratectomy) can be viable alternatives. These procedures produce the same results but require less tissue removal when compared with the LASIK procedure. That is, a thinner flap is cut in the corneal tissue.
Spectacles or Contact Lenses – Glasses and contact lenses have been a popular choice for many years now. They are an affordable alternative to LASIK surgery. Spectacles or contact lenses are certainly a much safer proposition, since any sort of surgery has a potential for side effects and complications. There can be nothing as simple as wearing spectacles or contact lenses.
With an elaborate series of new designs and makes, your spectacles can be strong fashion statement as well. Don’t hastily jump on a conclusion. It is advised that you carefully examine all the above alternatives prior to going in for a surgery. Do your best to avoid any surgical treatment. If you suffer from a minor refractive error, one that can be easily corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses, there is no point going in for a LASIK surgery.
Nicola Kennedy publishes articles and reports and provides news, information and views about Lasik eye surgery at Your Lasik Information. http://www.Your-LASIK.info.
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What You Should Know About Lasik Eye Surgery
Lasik eye surgery has been big news on the vision front. With many people flocking to have the procedure done it has become one of the most popular eye surgeries. The idea that lasik is a solution for anyone with bad vision also proves that much is unknown about lasik. Before committing to the surgery patients should look into what lasik is and what it can do for vision.
The cornea can be related to many vision issues.
Lasik stands for laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. Lasik is where the surgeon cuts a small flap in the cornea and then uses a laser to reshape the inner area of the cornea. Myopia (nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), and Astigmatism can all be solved through lasik eye surgery.
Before getting lasik a patient is examined by their eye doctor. During the examination pictures of the cornea will be taken to see what corrections need to be made. The overall health of the patient and patient’s eyes are also considered when deciding if a person is a good lasik candidate. Any conditions, such as dry eye syndrome, may affect a persons ability to get lasik.
After lasik the patient can go home and within a few days is usually recovered enough to resume daily routine activities. Most people experience success and will see clearly right after the surgery. Some people may experience side effects like night time vision problems and light sensitivity. Rare side effects like infection can also occur, but most often can be avoided by following doctors orders.
Lasik is a fairly new procedure and long term data has not been studied. Some people do require the use of reading glasses as they age even though they have received lasik and achieved good results. The patient should discuss all concerns and expectations with their surgeon before the lasik procedure to ensure they completely understand the process and outcome possibilities.
Stephen Kreutzer is a freelance publisher based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and reports in various ezines and provides information on Lasik eye surgery at Your Lasik Eye Surgery! http://www.yourlasikeyesurgery.info.
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LASIK - stands for Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis
The Ideal Candidate
In general, the ideal candidate for LASIK is over 18 years of age and has healthy corneas. Candidates must not have had a significant increase in their prescription in the last 12 months. People with certain medical conditions or women who are pregnant may not be good candidates for LASIK
It is important that you have realistic expectations and that your decision is based on facts, not hopes or misconceptions. The goal of LASIK is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. LASIK does not always create 20/20 or even 20/40 vision. It cannot correct a condition known as presbyopia, or aging of the eye which normally occurs around age 40 and which requires the use of reading glasses. In fact, people over 40 who have their distance vision improved may find they need reading glasses after the procedure.
What Are The Outcomes of LASIK?
Long term data as well as our recent findings reveal very positive results. LASIK has proven very effective in correcting a broad range of myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia. It has been reported that 92% of patients were corrected to 20/40 or better, and 88% were 20/20 for mild myopia. For moderate and high myopia, 92% were still correctable to 20/40 or better, of which 39% were correctable to 20/20. Results with excimer laser have been consistent with these reports. The procedure is designed to reduce nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness but it cannot stop the aging process and almost all participants will, in all likelihood, need reading glasses as they age.
What Are The Risks?
As with any surgical procedure, complications may occur. These are very rare. However, they may include:
1. Improper Correction: The desired correction may not be achieved, or astigmatism may be induced.
2. Decrease in Best Corrected Visual Acuity: This is the best vision you can achieve with glasses or contact lenses.
3. Glare: In the first few months you may experience problems with glare at night.
4. Halos: You may experience halos or hazy rings around bright lights at night.
6. Corneal Scaring: This is extremely rare. A corneal scar may block your vision.
7. Dislocated Corneal Cap: This may have to be sutured or even replaced resulting in a slower recovery of best corrected vision. This is extremely rare.
8. Epithelial Ingrowth: During the healing process some surface cells may migrate under the hinged flap. Often times this requires no attention; however, in some instances they must be removed.
What Are The Benefits Of LASIK?
1. Reduction of large amounts of nearsightedness and astigmatism and farsightedness. Immediate restoration of uncorrected vision.
2. Minimal (usually less than 24 hours) visual recovery time.
3. Permancy of correction. Once the refractive error has been corrected the result is stable.
4. Ability to engage in outdoor activities in which corrective lenses may be cumbersome or restrictive.
5. Elimination of the time, expense and effort involved in maintaining and updating contact lenses.
It's not for everyone, but when it works, it's great. Talk it over with your eyecare professional. Good luck.
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Having Lasik Done is Like Getting a New Pair of Eyes.
There it was, an ad in the paper for Lasik surgery only $299 per eye. I had wanted to give my wife the surgery as a present since I first heard about it and now with the lower price, I was going to do it. We set up an appointment and found out she was a candidate for the surgery.
Intraocular Lens Implant
– The natural lens, the one having a refractive error, is extracted and replaced with a clear lens that provides clearer vision. This procedure is especially beneficial if the patient is suffering from hypermetropia (farsightedness) and that too with a high refractive error.
Unfortunately, my wife had a severe astigmatism which increased the cost of the surgery from $299 per eye to $799 per eye. Business was good and I was committed so we made the decision to go ahead. The doctor would be using the Visix laser due to the astimatism. The visix laser was more accurate and therefore more expensive. Even thought it was more expensive than we had planned we decided to go ahead with the procedure. The surgery would be performed in about 2 weeks.
Before I knew it, the day came for the surgery. We were both nervous and became more nervous as the nurse had us sign all of the disclosure papers that tell everything bad that could happen. We were jittery, but as the doctor explaned the procedure and told us that he had performed more than 35,000 procedures without any problem, our fears were gone. The doctor told us that the computer would make a topographical picture of each eye and then calculate the exact shape of the lens that would give her perfect vision.
After the computer was done making the 3D map of her eyes, the surgeon would cut a small flap in the cornea of her eye and lay the flap back. Then the laser would do its thing. The laser portion of the surgery took less than 2 minutes. The whole surgery including recovery took about 45 minutes. The flap was laid back in place and the surgery would be complete.
The doctor came out and told me that everything was great and within a few minutes she could already see better. But she had to keep her eyes closed for 3-4 hours so the flap could start to heal. An appointment was scheduled the next day to check how everything was healing and to test her vision.
During the follow up visit, the doctor found that her eyes were healing as expected and that she was seeing 20-20. It was a miracle. My wife had been wearing glasses since she was in elementary school and now she was free! The only tricky and inconvenient part of the whole process was that my wife could not rub her eyes for 3-4 weeks or the little flap could become torn and cause complications.
Even though she could not rub her eyes when they were itching, my wife said it was worth it. After more than 12 months, she is still seeing 20-20 with no complications at all.
If you decide to do the surgery, spend the extra money to get a 1 year guarantee if you need to get a touch up to make your sight the best it can be. If you don't get the insurance, you will have to pay the entire amount again. My wife says that Lasik is great. She has really enjoyed not having to wear glasses or contact lenses.
Ochi Ecelentiais the writer of this article and the president of FL Lasik which one of the best sites you can find on the net for information about Lasik surgery. If you want to learn more please go to: http://www.fllasik.com.
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