By now, most people have heard the term “LASIK Surgery” and they know that it has something to do with correcting vision. In fact, LASIK eye surgery can be the difference between a life of wearing glasses or contact lenses and the freedom of being without them.
LASIK eye surgery is a term that actually includes several different procedures. All are designed to improve the eyesight of the patient, but it’s up to a licensed and trained ophthalmologist to determine which procedure is best suited to each person.
If you are considering having LASIK eye surgery it would serve you well to research the different options so you are well informed when you visit your surgeon.
Both eyes same day surgery: When you are having LASIK surgery performed your vision can be obscured for several hours following the procedure. Depending on what you are having corrected your doctor may advise you to consider doing one eye at a time. This would mean that you would have surgery on one eye and then a week later the other eye would be operated on.
Blade vs. Bladeless: LASIK surgery can be performed in two ways. One is by the use of a blade that is designed to cut into the cornea thus allowing the surgeon to use the laser. The other method, which is called bladeless, involves just the use of the laser. Opinions are divided on which method is best for the patient, but most surgeons do prefer one to the other. A patient might find the bladeless method more appealing because it doesn’t involve cutting the eye. Many experts feel it is preferable though as it helps the eye to heal at a much faster rate than then bladeless method.
Wavefront LASIK. This is a type of LASIK surgery that is designed for particular eye problems; problems that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or traditional LASIK surgery. Some of the vision conditions which can be helped with this procedure include astigmatism and myopia. This is a more extensive procedure and should only be considered upon the advice of a professional.
As you can see, there are several things that do need to be taken into account when you are considering having LASIK eye surgery. It’s very difficult to decide on what procedure is best suited to you unless you consult with a professional.
When you do make that first visit be certain to ask about any risks and complications that may result as well as recovery time. Most LASIK surgery patients are mobile within a day and have very few complaints.
If you have grown tired of the inconvenience and cost of wearing glasses and contact lens, consider the idea of having LASIK surgery. For someone who has worn eye wear for most of their lives it offers a new life in many ways. Imagine waking up and being able to see everything without fumbling for your glasses. LASIK surgery can give you that and so much more.