Why You Should Always Consider Laser Eye Surgery

19 Aug 2012

Laser eye surgery has come up as an effective solution for vision problems. It works for nearsightedness, farsightedness as well as astigmatism. Once you have had this surgery carried out you will no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses altogether.

There are several reasons why you should always consider laser eye surgery as opposed to wearing glasses and contact lenses. Glasses can be inconvenient at times, especially if you are an active sportsperson. The chances of your glasses slipping off or getting broken are quite high. If you have ever wasted time looking for your misplaced glasses when you are late for work, you know how irritating that can be.

In addition to this, most adults do not like to wear glasses in a social setting, it makes them self conscious and they avoid wearing them in public. Getting rid of glasses can help to boost one's self esteem and confidence. This in turn leads to better social interaction. Glasses can be very inconvenient during the rain or when they film over as you step out into the open from an air-conditioned room.

Of course one has the option of wearing contact lenses instead of glasses, but these are expensive and do not suit every one. They can cause irritation in the eye and sometimes even lead to eye infection. People who have used contact lenses know that one needs to take good care of them, it is important to clean them and make sure that they do not become dry. Often people who work in air-conditioned offices find that their lenses tend to dry out causing them a considerable amount discomfort.

However, laser eye surgery has gained so much popularity because it is essentially a painless procedure and provides almost instant results. It is a very short duration surgery that is performed under local anaesthesia. There is no need to be hospitalized for this procedure and patients can go home after half an hour.

There have been several advances in laser eye surgery over the years. Thus various techniques are available according to the condition of the eyes of the patient. The most commonly performed procedure is LASIK in which the cornea is reshaped with the help of lasers. However, it is not suitable for people with very thin corneas. In this case the LASEK-PRK is considered to be more appropriate.

The Wavefront procedure entails a very precise measurement of the cornea. This allows the eye surgeon to take individual differences in the shape of the cornea into consideration. The use of Intralase ensures that no blades are used in this surgery and the flap is created with the help of lasers only.

This is a very precise surgery and a lot depends on the expertise of the surgeon. It is always better to discuss the possible outcomes with the surgeon beforehand. The surgeon will also guide you through whether laser eye surgery would be suitable for you or not. People who have certain medical conditions like diabetes or dry eyes should not have laser eye surgery, as it can lead to problems, but for the majority this surgery holds minimal risks and gives you the freedom to move about without glasses or contact lenses.

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