If you are suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism that affects your overall vision, you might be very worried about the treatments available out there because of the side effects it might give you after the treatment but thankfully, doctors specifically ophthalmologists are now widely using the laser technology in treating their patients that have eye problems through Lasik or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis that has proven to be effective and safe and has minimal side effects to a person who undergoes this kind of surgery.
First used in 1996, Lasik eye surgery has continued to innovate and improve its current technology gaining more popularity in the ophthalmology scene. You might be thinking right now how safe is Lasik eye surgery? Many developed countries like Singapore has its first dedicated lasik centre back in the early 2000’s and it has continued to be visited by different patients over the years that have eye problems.
Back in Lasik eye surgery, it is considered in the medical scene as one of the safest ways to correct a person’s vision through laser technology which prevents a lot of people from becoming dependent with eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Most people who undergo Lasik eye surgery are those who suffer from myopia or nearsightedness. This is a common eye problem where people have blurry vision for distant objects. Around the world, millions of people suffer from this eye problem and are often dependent on eyeglasses and contact lenses but some want permanent treatment by undergoing Lasik eye surgery. Some suffer from farsightedness or hyperopia where the people suffering from this have problems viewing objects up close and astigmatism which causes the eye views the objects blurry and distorted in any given distance.
Lasik eye surgery takes time to recover because of the extensive laser exposure used by the doctors during the operation or surgery. Most patients after the recovery period can already achieve a 20/20 vision or the normal ratio of the eye’s vision. However, some cases require patients to wear eyeglasses temporarily after the recovery period until their eyes are fully recovered from the surgery.
HOW DOES LASIK WORKS?
A cool beam of light or what they technically refer as excimer laser is used during the surgery to reshape the cornea that has defects to fix the eyes in order to prevent the patient from being dependent to eyeglasses and contact lenses anymore. In a normal LASIK surgery, the doctor focuses the beam of light of the excimer laser in the outer layer of the cornea and the retina. The doctor then makes a very small flap that is placed on the surface of the eye in front of the cornea while the excimer laser reshapes the distorted and exposed cornea. The flap is then replaced naturally and completely secured to the eye during the healing process which will work then after to provide the patient a clearer and better vision.