Lasik Eye Surgery: All You Need To Know

Making the decision to have Lasik eye surgery is a serious one. The changes made to your corneas are permanent and can’t be reversed. But the changes made in some other procedures are reversible.

You can increase your chances for a successful eye surgery by planning ahead and doing some homework. Begin your search for information by learning about the different types of laser eye surgery.

Pay special attention to what makes a good Lasik surgery candidate and what doesn’t. Also, find out about Lasik risks and complications.

Don’t forget to research the current laser equipment in use and the unique differences between blade and bladeless techniques.

You’ll want to know about the limitations and capabilities of each brand on the market. Choosing the best laser for you shouldn’t be left entirely to the surgeon.

Surgeons are likely to have a single brand that they use, and they will defend their choice against other brands to assure you of its safety.

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However, you will want to be able to spot a surgeon who would put your vision at risk because he doesn’t have the equipment that can treat your corneas with the highest degree of probable success.

Wavefront technology is proven to provide the most precise diagnostic data. This data is used to describe the degree of aberration in each eye.

Wavefront can measure higher order aberrations (HOA) that no other method can detect. Wavefront is recommended for all diagnostic testing.

Wavefront is also used for Custom Lasik. It uses a wavefront-guided laser to ablate the corneal tissue according to the map created by the wavefront diagnostics.

Wavefront data can be used for any laser eye surgery, but wavefront-guided ablation isn’t always indicated. Next, check out the same information for other surgical treatments such as onlays.

Also, look into non-surgical treatments, such as night contacts that temporarily reshape your corneas. Another option is 30-Day Contacts that require little care, and only occasional cleaning, if any.

Armed with the full array of options, begin researching eye surgeons. Choosing your eye surgeon is the most critical decision you will make. It’s even more important than choosing which treatment you’ll have.

The right surgeon will help you make the best and safest decision about your treatment. The wrong surgeon could lead you to poor results no matter what treatment he recommends. A good surgeon doing a wrong procedure isn’t likely to get good results.

Bear in mind that even the most highly regarded surgeons will occasionally make the wrong recommendation. So, plan on getting a second opinion.

Remember these are your eyes, and your decision is final. If you get differing opinions, either choose the one that is most reversible or get a third opinion.

After Surgery

If you don’t achieve your expected results from Lasik eye surgery, you might benefit from a Lasik enhancement treatment. Many surgeons deliberately under correct during the surgery, for different reasons. One is if you have very thick corneas. Other patients find they need an enhancement once their vision stabilizes.

When laser eye surgery goes wrong serious consequences may result. These are long-term, sometimes irreversible results that may require corneal transplant to correct. Some risks are common with Lasik eye surgery, and dry eyes is one of these.


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