LASIK Laser Vision Correction
LASIK laser eye surgery is a highly successful
treatment for many common vision problems. LASIK minimizes or
even eliminates your dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses
to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
LASIK surgery entails a 15-minute procedure
in the comfort of an ophthalmologist's office. The results are
rapid and permanent. Which is why over 1.7 million procedures
have been performed globally, and the number is rising by the
thousands each day.
the most technologically advanced method available today to reduce
your dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
Choose the Right LASIK Surgeon
Take the time to research the surgeon and
the practice you are considering. Begin with people you know.
A word-of-mouth network often provides a good initial source
of information. Additional leads can be obtained from an optometrist
or ophthalmologist whom you trust.
Experience counts. Numerous studies have
shown that surgeons experience a learning curve with the laser
surgical procedure. So find out as much as you can about your
| Some of the questions
you might ask are:
- How many refractive surgeries has the
- Try to choose a doctor who has done at
least 300 treatments - as we said, numerous studies indicate
that complications decrease and overall outcomes improve once
a doctor has performed at least 300 treatments.
- Does the doctor perform surgery in a multi-physician
center or in his/her own office?
- Doctors who can control their treatment
environment, staff, technology and can maintain the laser and
instrumentation in their own facility may be preferred.
- What is the doctor's enhancement rate?
- Enhancement is "fine tuning"
of the final refraction. In general, patients requiring higher
degrees of correction should expect the possibility of an enhancement
being necessary. A very rough rule of thumb is a 1% chance of
enhancement needed per diopter of correction necessary. (An example
is if a patient has a -7.00 diopter correction needed, there
would be a 7% chance that he or she would need an enhancement).
- What is the doctor's complication rate
for the treatment?
- Doctors who represent that they have no
complications should be viewed cautiously. The doctor under consideration
should be willing to freely discuss the complications involved
in the surgery and their experience in handling them.
For a full list of questions to ask a doctor you are considering for refractive surgery, go to
Are You a Good Candidate for Refractive
Now that you've asked questions of your
doctor, don't forget to ask yourself some questions to see if
you're a good candidate for laser eye surgery. Some of the questions
you should ask yourself are:
- Do your glasses or contacts prevent you
from enjoying every day living?
- Do you feel very dependent upon your glasses
- Are you scared of the thought misplacing
your glasses or contacts?
- Would you like to just wake up and see
- Do your hobbies or occupation require
- If you are a contact lens wearer, do your
lenses get dry and/or gritty during the day?
For a full self-assessment profile that can help you make the right decision, go to http://www.seewithlasik.com/docs/lasik-candidate.html
Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK:
- Is the Effect of Laser Eye Surgery Permanent?
- Yes. Following an initial healing period
of two to three months, the effect of the treatment is lifelong.
- How Long Does the Surgery Take?
- In many practices, the treatment is performed
as an office procedure in the comfort and convenience of an excimer
laser suite. The entire treatment takes about 5 to 7 minutes
per eye or approximately 15 minutes for both eyes.
- How Many Times Do I Need To be Seen Following
- Most patients are usually seen the day
following the treatment and then at least 1 month and 3 months
following the treatment. Some patients require more visits.
- Can I Have Both Eyes Treated at the Same
- Treatment can be performed on both eyes
on the same day. This decreases the troublesome effect of being
nearsighted in only one eye between the two treatments. You may
elect to have one eye done at a time.
For answers to more commonly asked questions, go to http://www.seewithlasik.com/docs/lasik-questions.html