About Laser Correction
What is Laser Correction?
Comprehensive guide to Laser correction/laser eye surgery
Are you tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses? Do you want a permanent, convenient, and more reliable solution to correct your vision problem? Why don’t you consider laser correction? If you are not familiar with it, here is a comprehensive guide to the laser eye surgery.
What is laser correction?
Laser correction or laser surgery is a refractive eye surgery that is performed for treating myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The procedure helps reshape the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focussed onto the retina for clearer and better vision.
During the surgery, the eye surgeon first creates a thin, circular flap in the cornea. Then he folds back the hinged flap to access the underlying part of the cornea known as the stroma. He removes some corneal tissue with the help of ultraviolet light beam for reshaping it. The procedure results in refocussing of the light entering the eye for enhanced vision.
People who suffer from nearsightedness, the laser surgery procedure aims to flatten the cornea and for farsighted people, the cornea is made steeper. In case of astigmatism, an irregular cornea is smoothened into a more normal shape. After reshaping the cornea, the flap is put back in place. It is made to cover the area where the corneal tissue was removed. The cornea is allowed to heal naturally.
During the laser eye surgery, no bandages and stitches are required. The patients are given only topical anaesthetic drops. The procedure is quite fast and doesn’t take more than 5-10 minutes. The best part is that the surgery is almost painless. The patients are allowed to go back home the same day after the surgery. One can go back to work and can resume normal activities the very next day following the surgery. Most people experience a dramatic improvement in their vision quality and they are able to do away with the contact lens and contact glasses completely.
Who is the best candidate?
Laser eye surgery is appropriate for people who have moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. But all candidates are required to go through a pre-operative laser eye surgery exam to determine if they are eligible for the surgery or not. During the exam, the doctor finds outs the medical history of the person and examines the eyes of the person fully. Some initial tests are conducted to measure corneal thickness, refraction, corneal mapping, pupil dilation, and air pressure. People who suffer from uncontrolled diabetes, rheumatologic conditions, or those who have major eye disease or recent history of eye infection or inflammation are not considered good candidates for laser eye surgery. Pregnant and nursing mothers should also avoid getting laser eye surgery.
As with most surgeries, laser eye surgery also carries certain risks, such as Under-correction or overcorrection Vision problems Flap problems Dry eyes Fluctuating vision Seeing halos around images Glare To enjoy the benefits of laser eye surgery and to reduce the risks and side effects you must choose a qualified, trained, and experienced surgeon for yourself.
What is the Cost?
Prices of laser correction depends on many factors, such as how much vision correction you need, whether you need the surgery for one eye or for both the eyes, what technology the surgeon is using, and how difficult your procedure is. To get the exact price, you must talk to your eye surgeon.