LASIK VISION CORRECTION
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses) is the most common corrective eye surgery for astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. This procedure uses a laser to permanently reshape the cornea for clearer vision and removes the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses for most patients. LASIK eye surgery is a permanent procedure that cannot be reversed.
A blade or laser are used to cut a flap in the cornea with a hinge at one side, folding the flap back to reveal the stroma. A laser is then used with computer precision to alter the stroma before the flap is put back.
In addition to myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, many patients seek out LASIK surgery to combat the natural phenomenon called presbyopia.
As you age, the proteins in the lens of the eye cause it to stiffens, referred to as presbyopia. The eye then has a harder time focusing on things viewed up close, causing headaches and eye strain. This loss of near focusing ability happens to everyone: even those who have never had vision problems before. Monovision LASIK can help minimize the need for reading glasses and corrective eyewear as a result of presbyopia.
Risks and Side Effects of LASIK
As with any surgical procedure, there are risk factors to LASIK eye surgery that you should review with your eye care doctor. Patients may experience dry eyes immediately after LASIK surgery, and in some instances, this inability to produce enough tears to keep the eye moist can develop into a chronic condition that needs regular treatment. In 2014, the FDA released an article regarding the risks of LASIK, which can be accessed here.
If LASIK Surgery is not the best option for you, there are other vision correction surgeries available that may be a better treatment option. It is important to discuss the best course of treatment with your eye doctor. If you are interested in corrective eye solutions such as LASIK eye surgery, please call our office at (281) 747-1232 - Pediatric Optometry in Katy, Texas.