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An Introduction To LASIK


by Wade Robins


With the Baby Boomer generation now reaching their retirement years, the number of Americans who need some sort of corrective lenses may be even higher than the earlier estimated one in two who will require them at some time during adulthood.

As a result, any medical procedures which can enhance defective vision are receiving considerable attention, and at the head of the pack is LASIK. LASIK has nothing to do with high blood pressure, and is actually the acronym for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. Now you know, but you dont know much.

LASIK surgery is designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It may also help with a number of less common optical defects, which can remain hidden for years without affecting a person, and require a professional optical exam to discover them.

How LASIK Procedures Work

While LASIK surgery is not cheap, it is usually amazingly fast. It requires the eye surgeon to cut a flap in the first or first two, layers of the cornea, lift the flap, and expose all the tiny tissue irregularities that accumulate over time within or beneath the cornea. These bumps, fissures, and wrinkles will hinder the proper refraction of light entering the cornea, and poor vision is the result.

If the accumulated tissue forces the cornea into a steeper than normal angle, shortsightedness ensues. If the cornea is too flat, farsightedness ensues. And if the excess tissue is just clogging thing up without reshaping the cornea, astigmatism, accompanied by halos, starbursts, ghost images, and poor night vision, ensues. Depending on the condition being treated, the eye surgeon will either reshape the cornea, or clean it out.

The obvious benefit to having LASIK surgery is that your sight will be so improved that you can give up your eyeglasses or contacts. And the entire procedure, amazingly, normally takes less than sixty seconds, one little minute, per eye.

The Cost Of LASIK Procedures

All that magic, of course, has its price. As the technology of the lasers involved in LASIK surgery advances, so does their price, and so does the amount youll pay for a LASIK procedure. In parts of the US, LASIK surgery can be as much as a thousand dollars per eye. But if there is an older procedure which will work for you, and youre not someone who feels comfortable only with state-of-the-art technology, you can have LASIK surgery at a much reduced price.

You should also educate yourself on the side effects which sometimes come with LASIK surgery; they range from dry eye and inflammation to infection, oozing, and even a reappearance of the original defect. But the incidences of all LASIK surgery side effects have decreased greatly over the past decade, as LASIK surgeons gain experience in the workings of the human optical system.

Finally, youll need to determine if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery. Anyone under eighteen is not, because the human eye continues to change its shape for at least eighteen years. Expectant mothers also may experience pregnancy-related vision problems which correct themselves after delivery. The only way to determine if you qualify for LASIK surgery is to consult with your ophthalmologist.


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