LASIK Under the Microscope

Posted on May 14 2013 - 8:49am by Ceybizlanka

Many people experience problems seeing things up close or far away, while others can view them clearly. Some don’t take their eye problems seriously, but this is a mistake you shouldn’t commit. As with any disease, eye vision problems can get worse without timely treatment.

Nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and age-related vision problems are the most common eye-related disorders many face. You need to undergo vision tests so eye specialists can diagnose and treat your condition properly. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and surgery are applicable solutions, but they depend on the actual condition of your eyes and your preference.

One of the prescribed solutions for eyesight problems is LASIK or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis. It is one of the most effective treatments available, offering a success rate of about 90%.NewVision Clinics, one of the leading providers of laser eye surgery treatments in Windsor, Victoria, explains how this procedure works:

Looking into LASIK

LASIK works to reshape the cornea so light coming through it will focus properly onto the retina. In the procedure, the surgeon will use a mechanical blade or laser device to cut a flap in your cornea. A hinge is left on one end and folded back. Computer-controlled laser will vaporise a section of the stroma, or the cornea’s middle part. The flap is then replaced at the end of the process. LASIK is a fairly painless procedure, allowing you to experience normal vision quickly. You can also get back to your usual activities two or three days after the procedure.

Examining the Risks

LASIK is not without its underlying risks. You need to discuss your diagnosis with your doctor to make sure LASIK is the best treatment option. Cost can be an issue, as your medical insurance may not cover this procedure. Problems like severe nearsightedness can also make you an ineligible candidate for LASIK. Discuss with your doctor other possible solutions so you can make your decision properly. Find out all the advantages and risks of each one.

Scrutinizing Your Options

Other good options for common vision problems are LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis), PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and implantable lenses. LASEK suits people with thin corneas, though it can take three to six months before seeing vision improvements after undergoing PRK. Get medical advice about each one so you can evaluate which one is right for your condition and appropriate for your budget.

Get more information about the right treatment for your condition. Visit the nearest clinic for an eye test and find out more about the extent of your eye problem and applicable treatment.