LASIK is a corrective eye surgery that involves raising a flap of the corneal surface and removing a thin layer of underlying tissue with a laser. It is a surgery done on people who have refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. LASIK is one of the astounding advances that optometry has seen, and it has an excellent success rate.
- It is a Laser surgery.
LASIK uses an ultraviolet or excimer laser to remove a thin layer of the cornea, permitting light to be focused more clearly.
- It is relatively new.
LASIK eye surgery became official in the 1990s and is still seen as relatively new in the optometry sector. It is an excellent alternative for glass wearers who wish to have the best eye care.
- It has a very high success rate.
Complications from LASIK eye surgery are usually infrequent, and a high percentage of people who have had LASIK surgery has been happy with the result. According to studies, the best demographic for LASIK surgery are people with mild myopia. However, you can consult with your optometrist and ophthalmologist to know if LASIK eye surgery is the best for you.
- The surgery is permanent.
LASIK eye surgery is supposed to last you through your lifetime: it is permanent. It doesn’t need any other surgical visit apart from the initial surgery. In some rare cases, there may be a need for a secondary (second) surgery after the first one if there was an under-correction of the refractive error.
- The procedure is short.
The LASIK eye surgery does not take long. At most, it takes about 10 minutes per eye, and it is not painful. A patient may have to spend no more than 30 minutes during the surgery procedure, and anesthesia is not required. While not being painful, patients may experience pressure on their eyes after the surgery.
- LASIK can’t be used for eye diseases
LASIK cannot be used to correct eye diseases like Cataracts, Glaucoma, and other eye diseases. This is because these eye diseases affect the lens, while LASIK surgery is performed on the cornea.
- Medical conditions may hinder you.
Before going through with LASIK eye surgery, you must have gone through a comprehensive medical examination. Specific medical ailments can prevent you from going through LASIK eye surgery. Health issues like diabetes can hinder, or autoimmune diseases can prevent you from undergoing LASIK.
- It does not stop presbyopia.
Even though LASIK eye surgery is a permanent change, it does not stop the aging of the lens, which is known as presbyopia. So, regardless of the LASIK surgery, people with presbyopia may still need to use reading glasses to help them read without stress on the eyes.
- There are different types.
There are many types of LASIK eye surgery. LASIK is used as an umbrella term for all laser eye surgery. Your optometrist or ophthalmologist would be able to tell you the differences. Although, they’re all good, and none is better than the other.
- It is not for everyone.
LASIK eye surgery is not for everyone. Before you undergo such surgery, you need to be sure it is the right fit for you. Glasses may be better off for you if the risks, however minimal they may be, are too much for you in particular.
- Side effects may last for a few weeks.
The side effects from LASIK are not long-lasting as they last for just a few weeks. However, if you experience irritation in your eyes, it is advised that you visit your ophthalmologist to make sure that your eye care is at an optimal level.