Technology moves at
alarmingly fast rates now, and where glasses or
contact lenses have been required in the past to
correct vision deficiencies there is now an
alternative. Laser eye correction is a relatively
affordable procedure that means you wonít need to
wear your reading glasses anymore and can correct
virtually any eye problem. It is suitable for any
adult with an eye problem and may be the answer you
are looking for.
What is Laser Eye Correction?
Laser Eye Correction, or refractive surgery as it is
also known, is a quick procedure usually taking up
to 15 minutes per eye. The actual laser treatment
consists of less than 1 minute. During this process
a laser scans your eyes pinpointing hundreds of
unique points on your cornea. Once this is done, the
software used can determine exactly where the fault
lies and ascertain the minor adjustments needed to
restore your sight back to a reasonable level. The
laser then reshapes the cornea so that your eyesight
becomes at least 20/40 vision, although in most
cases it can be restored completely to 20/20 vision.
Your surgeon will, of course, talk you through the
exact procedure before surgery commences and if you
have any questions, do not be afraid to ask.
You will be administered with anaesthetic eye drops
prior to any procedure and a subtle restraining
device placed on your eyes so there is no danger of
you blinking. The apparatus accounts for small eye
movements, so even if you canít quite manage to
stare at the red light all the way through the
procedure there shouldnít be a problem.
Most patients suffer from little or no discomfort
and the recovery time after the procedure is very
little. It is advised that on completion of the
correction you rest your eyes until next day, donít
stare at a television or a computer and donít go
anywhere where there is smoke or other pollutants.
Next day you should be able to return to your normal
daily life without the need for glasses or contact
Exactly how effective is the treatment?
Approximately 95% of patients have 20/20 vision or
better following treatment and half have reported
that their eyesight is better after treatment than
when using glasses or contacts before. Ordinarily
there is no need for further treatment because the
sight you have after correction is the sight you
will have for the rest of your life. In fact, many
clinics offer the equivalent of a lifetime
guarantee, so if you do need any enhancements you
will receive them free of charge.
In patients over the age of forty it will probably
be necessary to still wear reading glasses because
they are required for problems other than cornea
problems that canít be treated by correctional
treatment. As a general rule, though, if you have an
eye problem that means you need to wear glasses to
improve your sight and your sight has been at a
steady level for 12 months or more the laser surgery
should be successful.
The cost of Laser Eye Correction varies depending on
the level of treatment you need and other
determining factors but you can expect to pay
between $800 and $1000 per eye. Usually, if you have
both eyes done in the same visit (There are no known
problems with choosing to do this) then you can
expect to pay a little less.
The possible risks of Laser Eye Correction.
As with all surgery there are small risks associated
with Laser Eye Correction.
There is a very low risk of infection, affecting
only around 1 in 5000 patients. Most surgeons and
clinics will provide you with a course of
antibiotics and check ups to ensure that your eyes
are reacting well to the surgery.
An enhancement may be required to correct your
vision if surgery leads to over correction or under
correction. Again, this is rare but still possible
because everyoneís eyes are different. Some are
softer than others and some harder. This can lead to
under correction or over correction.
During a short period after treatment you may
experience seeing halos around objects when viewed
at night, but this should normally clear up after a
week or so. If you continue to experience these
problems then consult the surgeon who completed your
correction treatment for further advice.
If you directly touch or injure your eye immediately
after surgery or within 24 hours you should consult
your surgeon as this can lead to a shifting of the
flap that is created during treatment. A little care
and attentiveness will prevent this from happening
and almost any risk of shifting flaps is massively
reduced after 24 hours.
Laser Eye Correction is now a mainstream treatment
for the masses. Many people who wear glasses or
contact lenses have considered Laser Eye Correction
because it is a painless, easy procedure that will
fix your eyesight and alleviate the need to wear
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with
the treatment but they are minimal and consultation
with your surgeon should allay any fears you may
©2005 Jenna Keys
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