The best case expectations for patients successfully undergoing Lasik Eye Surgery is that there are no longer any vision problems or, at the very least, a significant reduction in dependency upon contact lenses or eyeglasses is likely to be experienced.
What To Expect From Lasik Surgery
The first stage is for the eye surgeon to take very accurate measurements to establish just how much reshaping of the cornea is necessary.
This procedure is painless and is undertaken often several days before surgery.
The equipment used is highly sophisticated and relies on a computer to process the information that will provide the surgeon with the information needed.
Often only one eye will be treated initially followed by the other up to two weeks later. This is purely as a safety precaution despite this procedure having an excellent safety record.
An anaesthetic eye drop that numbs the upper layer of the eye surface is the first stage of the procedure. No general anaesthetic is necessary and the patient remains conscious and aware throughout.
Using a laser the surgeon makes an incision in the delicate corneal surface tissue enabling it to be moved out of the way to allow the laser to reshape the underlying cornea.
The incision is then replaced and sealed by the laser and a protective dressing is placed over the eye. As a rule the surgical procedure takes no more than ten to fifteen minutes an eye.
Discomfort or even pain may be experienced when the anaesthetic eye drops wear off, although very often this of very short duration.
There may be some initial vision loss or blurriness and a sensitivity to light and dryness of the eye surface can be a problem.
If experienced these side effects will normally disappear in time often quite quickly. The possible exception is dryness of the eyes, which can be embarrassing, as tears will form.
Your surgeon can prescribe drops to alleviate this problem if it occurs. It is rare for any of these side effects to persist and become permanent.
As anybody knows who is dependent on eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct impaired vision it can seem worth any risk to have normal unaided sight.
As they say ‘the eyes are the mirror of the soul’ and women in particular are conscious that their eyes and surrounding area should be the most attractive of their facial features and should never be obscured by eyeglasses.
It is therefore of the utmost importance to seek the advice of a fully qualified and experienced ophthalmic surgeon before contemplating Lasik surgery.
As your sight is so valuable to be on the safe side if you have any doubts get a second qualified opinion. If the surgery goes wrong it is permanent and normally cannot be reversed.
Think hard about the risks and benefits before going ahead.