What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK, which stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a popular surgery that can correct vision in people who are nearsighted or farsighted, or who have astigmatism. Its one of many vision correction surgeries that work by reshaping your cornea, the clear front part of your eye, so that light focuses on the retina in the back of your eye.

Why Is LASIK Done?

When light doesnt focus on your retina the way it should, your vision is blurry. Doctors call this a refractive error. The basic types include:

1. Near Sightedness (myopia) -: You see things clearly when they are close to you, but things farther away are blurry.

2. Far Sightedness (hyperopia) -: You see faraway things more clearly, but closer things are blurry.

Astigmatism -: This can make everything blurry because of how your eye is shaped.

Consult a doctor about whether LASIK is right for you. You shouldnt have the surgery if you:

  • Are younger than 18
  • Are pregnant or nursing
  • Take certain medications
  • Have a lot of recent changes to your vision prescription
  • Have thin or uneven corneas
  • Have eye conditions such as glaucoma or very dry eyes
  • Have other health issues such as diabetes, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Benefits of Lasik -:

    Its been around for over 25 years. About 96% of patients reach their vision goals afterward. An enhancement can raise this number even more.

    Theres very little, if any, pain involved.

    There arent any bandages or stitches.

    If your vision changes as you age, the doctor can adjust it.

    You probably wont need to use glasses or contacts as much, or at all, after LASIK.

    LASIK Eye Surgery Side Effects -:

    Some patients have discomfort in the first day or two after LASIK eye surgery. Other side effects are rare and usually go away over time. They include:

  • Glare
  • Seeing halos around images
  • Trouble driving at night
  • Fluctuating Vision
  • Dry Eyes
  • Scratchy Eyes
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Small bruises on your eye