Undergoing a Lasik eye procedure usually results in many benefits for the patient. It is very successful in correcting a person’s vision. A majority of the patients (nearly 90%) will have much better vision after Lasik. Any additional improved procedures will increase the number of people who will benefit from Lasik. After Lasik, patients usually do not need to use contact lenses, prescription glasses or any other visual aids for seeing normally.
Lasik has no pain
A Lasik eye procedure is completely painless. In this case when the doctor says, ‘you will not feel a thing’, he/she is absolutely correct. The entire procedure takes around ten to fifteen minutes, and the patient is completely healed in a few hours. Vision correction is immediate, or in some cases it takes at least one day for the person to have normal vision. This is one surgical procedure where there is no blood and therefore stitches or bandages are absolutely unnecessary.
Adjustments for Lasik
A Lasik eye procedure can be followed by another correction procedure if needed. The patient can have other enhanced procedures even years after the first Lasik correctional procedure. Usually after Lasik, the patients noticeably reduce dependency on visual aids such as prescription glasses or contact lenses. Most patients do not need these aids at all. There are other procedures for vision correction, but Lasik is the most common and the most frequently used to restructure the cornea.
Disadvantages of Lasik surgery
Like everything else, the advantages of Lasik are accompanied by disadvantages. Changes that have been made in the cornea are permanent and irreversible. Technically, Lasik is quite complicated because problems might happen when the doctor opens the flap because this can affect a person’s vision for the rest of his/her life. Occasionally Lasik does cause a loss of ‘best vision’. This is the most vision that you achieved with the use of contact lenses or prescription glasses.
Side Effects of Lasik
Side effects do occur in some, but not in all patients. Some feel uneasiness for at least for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Other side effects include sensitivity to light, problems while driving at night, irregular vision and dry eyes.
Preparing for Lasik
Before you undergo the procedure, a coordinator will explain to you what could happen after the Lasik surgery. This is accompanied by an examination of your eyes and a systematic assessment of your medical history. The tests carried out will measure the thickness of your cornea, the capability of your eyes to bear light, and the expansion of your pupil. Next, you have a meeting with the surgeon who will carry out the procedure and will answer any queries that you may have.
If you are currently using leaking inflexible contact lenses, you should stop using them for at least days or weeks prior to the operation. On the day that your surgery takes place, eat lightly and take all your routine medications with you. Women should not wear any eye cosmetics, or headbands or any heavy jewelry in their hair. This will get in the way of the positioning of your head. If you are not well, inform your doctor so that arrangements can be made accordingly.