Laser Eye Surgery
There are many things you should know about laser eye surgery. Many consider it 100% safe, but it is important to remember that there is always a certain chance of risk, as with any other surgical procedure. Most patients generally get a 20/40 vision, and do not need to wear glasses anymore after surgery, but certain issues should still be taken into account, before one decides on a laser eye surgery. It is definitely a very advanced procedure, and aims to correct the problems of vision. In the procedure, light rays are refracted or bent by the cornea, so as to direct them on the retina. Any person thinking of going in for laser eye surgery should be informed about the procedure, the benefits and risks, and of course – choosing a reliable and suitable eye surgeon is a must. It’s always important to remember that just as with any other surgery, there are certain complications that may occur, so it is always better to be informed and then make a decision. In fact, one possible adverse effect of laser eye surgery is the ability to see distanced objects clearly, but see up-close objects as blurry.
With laser eye surgery, there is always the risk of losing sight eventually, so it is essential to remember that the procedure is irreversible. Once you go in for it, there is no looking back. Sometimes, there is a possibility of the flap getting dislocated right after the surgery, so it is important for the patient to sleep, this prevents any dislocation. Your surgeon would be explaining the risks and the benefits of laser eye surgery to you, and would also tell you about any complications that might occur. Do remember to do your research, so that you know exactly what you are getting into. If your surgeon is evasive, or does not answer your questions properly, take that as a warning sign, and set about getting a new doctor. Do make a good choice of an eye surgeon, go by recommendations and experience.
The great thing about laser eye surgery is that it drastically reduces the need for glasses or contact lenses. The procedure itself is quite expensive, so take a good look at the insurance you have, and your cover plans. Severe side effects like losing vision completely are rare, though it is always advisable to be informed, because both the PRK and the Lasik procedures have a few risks.
0.1% of those who go in for PRK procedure have corneal infection, and less than that in the case of Lasik. If you are one of those, be prepared to have some discomfort and experience delayed healing, but long-term effects are not usual. Another possible side-effect is under correction, or over correction. It is impossible for the surgeon to predict with 100% certainty how your eyes would be responding to the procedure, so it might still be necessary to wear glasses or contact lenses, even post-surgery. However, some do choose to go in for more surgical procedures, to bring about an improvement in results.
The recovering process after a PRK procedure has corneal haze – which is actually quite normal, and does not affect the final vision in the long term. Sometimes, though, there might be an interference with the vision. Another side-effect which is sometimes possible is regression, that means the surgery does not work and the state of the eye becomes the same as before the surgery, within a month. In these cases, another surgical procedure must be carried out to correct this.