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New Lasik and Laser Eye Surgery

Updated on June 6, 2011

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser vision correction, laser eye surgery or refractive surgery, is the newest technology available to prevent and treat vision loss. The affordable cost, high success rate have thrown laser correction in to the forefront of eye health procedures. Due to the minimal surgical procedures it’s now accepted as a simple and safe choice of surgery.

Technically defined as “Laser In Situ Keratomileusis”(LASIK). The procedure comprises of s surgical knife cutting the cornea, leaving an open flap. This opening exposes the middle layer of the cornea. Then a computer guided laser then vaporizes the tissue that causes the vision loss. The flap is then set back into place. This procedure permanently changes the shape of the cornea. The laser sends an ultraviolet light that vaporizes corneal tissue without heat.

Another method of laser eye surgery involves the use of a second laser that bypasses the top layer, aiming solely at the middle layer. In Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK, instead of making a flap, the top layers of the cells are removed. An ultraviolet light is aimed at onto the surface of the cornea. Typically PRK is used to treat myopia or nearsightedness. The procedure takes only a few minutes and normal activities can resume within a week.


Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery

According to the Mayo Clinic, about 85 percent of patients who've undergone laser eye surgery no longer depend on their glasses or contact lenses. People that had benign condition of nearsightedness had the most success. The advantages that bring this success are that the Bowman's layer is no harmed. There is no removal of the corneal surface tissue and reduces post-op visits.  Regular acuity is restored within a few days rather than weeks. Typically eye drops are usually not needed after one week.  

Complications from Laser Eye Surgery

I can’t tell you just about all the good without the bad, personally for me to make an educated decision I like to have both sides of the equation. Some of the risks of undergoing such laser eye surgery are temporary loss of vision. If the surgery is unsuccessful patients have emerged from the procedure with vision that is worse than when came in with. Some patients develop a glare, halos, starbursts and double vision as a result of laser eye surgical procedures. Infection and other flap-healing skin other part. There is always the potential that it may get infected or otherwise not heal properly

Laser Eye Surgery

For me I have considered laser eye surgery for a while and once I have saved enough money I plan to go under the laser, share your experiences have you had LASIK? Did you vision improve? Would you recommend it? Leave your experience below


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      Shawn McCconnell 

      9 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      I would like to get my eyes done so I am saving up, I would like to be able to workout without glasses or contacts

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      I had mine done about 12 years ago, it was fantastic from the very first day. I am still enjoying perfect eyesight on both eyes.

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      9 years ago from Cape town South Africa

      What they can do today, just a few years ago the above would never have seen the light of day. Great that so many people can be helped to day.

      Will vote this up

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      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is a really good one McConnell Group. Thanks for sharing.


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