Lasik pros and cons

    Laser vision…

    For those of us who have to fiddle with contact lenses or grope for glasses first thing every morning, the prospect of 20/20 vision is an unimaginable dream. The little inconveniences of suffering from imperfect sight mount up over time and many people have at some time wondered about the benefits of having surgery to correct their sight. Since the advent of laser surgery, it has been possible to resculpt the eye in order to change how it sees the world.

    The original laser eye procedure, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), involved the complete removal of the cornea’s outer layer before sculpting and allowing it to grow back on its own after some days. However, the development of Lasik (laser in situ keratomileusis) surgery now means that in suitable cases ophthalmologists can carefully peel back the cornea surface to operate underneath and then return it to its original place.

    Potential side effects

    While the procedure remains expensive, and there can be serious complications, for some people the benefit of throwing away their spectacles and lenses is cheap at any price. However, there are risks to the procedure of which even many eye experts are unaware. A small minority of the people who have undergone Lasik surgery have found their vision not improved, but seriously damaged by the surgery.

    A patient undergoes a Lasik operation.

    Lasik surgery permanently changes the physiology and optics of the eye. When considering any form of non-urgent surgery, patients should always bear in mind the risk-benefit ratio. The benefits are obvious – no more glasses or contact lenses. However, the risk of permanent damage to vision can be greater than even many ophthamologists know.

    According to the ‘Review of Optometry’ journal, up to one in six people who undergo laser surgery end up with complications that affect their eyesight. These include distortions of vision, such as irregular astigmatism, which cannot be corrected by glasses. Other patients simply experience a deterioration in their quality of vision or serious ‘dry-eye’ syndrome.

    Multiple vision is something most of us associate with crossing our eyes, but a small minority of patients have found that one eye can see double and even triple vision as a result of Lasik surgery.

    Mr William Power is an eye surgeon at the Blackrock Clinic in County Dublin. He believes that when common sense is applied by patients and correct surgical assessments are made by doctors, surgery with a laser produces immediate and tangible benefits to vision.

    “The excimer laser has been used here since 1993, and the Lasik procedure has been available since 1997”, he said. “During the past three years Lasik surgery has become particularly popular. We use a microkeratome which makes a superficial flap in the patient’s cornea. We then use the laser to reshape the deeper surface before replacing the flap. The laser, contrary to popular belief, does not actually burn the eye, but breaks down some of the molecular bonds”.

    Different experiences

    For those who suffer no side-effects, laser surgery undoubtedly is a positive and life changing experience. Richard Branson, the entrepreneur, is a huge fan of the procedure after Lasik surgery transformed him from being ‘blind as a bat’ to having 20:15 vision in one day. He has since recommended the surgery to many of his employees.

    However, Margaret Dolan is an Irish victim of the procedure. Following her surgery, her eyes developed a particularly cruel condition known as Post-Lasik Dry Eye. She needs to add artificial tears to her eyes a number of times a day and even throughout the night. Patients who suffer from dry eye usually have the symptoms for around two months following surgery. However, for some people like Margaret Dolan the condition does not improve and they need to take artificial tears for the rest of their lives.

    Margaret Dolan now represents the pressure group Surgical Eyes, which was originally set up in America by fireman Ron Link. When Ron Link discovered that he was not the only person to have experienced negative consequences as a result of eye surgery, he set up the Surgical Eyes organisation to promote awareness of the potential dangers of Lasik.

    The little girl crossing the road is barely visible due to a lack of colour contrast. People who experience this side effect of Lasik are no longer allowed to drive, for obvious reasons.

    “We have heard from thousands of people with complications after Lasik”, Ron Link told irishhealth.com. “Predominantly, the complaints are about dry eye and loss of night vision. The problem is that remedial technologies do not exist to fix us. Also, many of the bad cases could have been prevented. The screening process is not standardised and people are being needlessly harmed. It’s just been a tidal wave of misery – jobs lost, marriages broken, people on antidepressants, attempted suicides, all over an elective procedure, something which is medically unnecessary”.

    Full assessment

    At Blackrock, Mr Power has performed Lasik surgery many times and is careful to ensure that people at risk of developing post-operative complications are excluded from receiving surgery. He emphasises that all patients are carefully assessed to ensure that people for whom the procedure is not suitable do not receive it.

    “Every patient who comes to our clinic has an assessment appointment where we check the degree of vision in their eyes”, he explained. “At the assessment it is very important also to check the general health of the eyes. If we detect any medical reason, such as a tendency towards dry eye or a predisposition to glaucoma, we will not go ahead with the surgery”.

    The Lasik procedure is not recommended for anyone who:

    • is under 18

    • is pregnant

    • has a history of eye disease including optic nerve damage, cataracts or problems with the cornea such as corneal thinning

    • has extremely large pupils (bigger than 7mm can cause problems with Lasik)

    • has very thin corneas

    • has very strong prescriptions

    On the left, a road at night as seen through normal eyes. On the right, the ‘starburst’ effect some people experience following Lasik surgery.

    Around 70% of patients in Ireland have both eyes treated simultaneously. Most patients can expect to see an improvement in their vision within 24 hours. Patients are advised that between 75% and 85% of their vision improvement will be evident within a day. This means that those who have both eyes done at once can expect to be free from glasses and contact lenses from day one.

    Claim tax relief on surgery

    Lasik surgery costs around 4,000 Euro for both eyes and is not available under the public health service nor is it covered by the main health insurers in Ireland. The one exception is the Garda Medical Aid Fund. For others, the best way of reducing the cost of Lasik is to declare it against income tax. This can be done by obtaining a receipt from the clinic at which the procedure is performed and submitting this with a Med 1 form to the Revenue Commissioners at the end of the tax year.

    Anyone considering undergoing Lasik surgery should discuss it carefully with their family doctor or optician first. They can recommend a reliable clinic and surgeon, and will also be able to advise whether there is any reason why Lasik might provoke a complication in any case.

    “After surgery, I suggest that patients use their common sense”, advised Mr William Power. “Their eyes have been operated on and need extra protection in the short term. I tell my patients to avoid contact sports for a couple of months at least to allow the eyes to heal properly. You can imagine what might happen if a boxer had Lasik and went back into the ring six weeks later. It is a common sense thing”.

    Anyone who has experienced a bad reaction to laser eye surgery may wish to contact Surgical Eyes to discover more about their symptoms and how they can be alleviated. Margaret Dolan and Ron Link can be contacted via the organisation’s website at

    http://www.surgicaleyes.org.

    The final piece of advice is to consider the full implications of laser eye surgery before you decide whether to proceed or not – look before you leap as they say.

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    The Pros and Cons of LASIK Surgery

    For many people, laser eye surgery has been nothing but a positive, life-enhancing experience. Some people feel so-so about it, and others wish they never had the procedure at all. Here are three people who chose to have laser eye surgery (also called LASIK, for laser in-situ keratomileusis) to correct their blurred vision — and what they have to say about it.

    Michelle, Age 27: Couldn’t Be More Pleased With LASIK Surgery

    Michelle Schettino underwent laser eye surgery in October 2009 at the Gotham LASIK Vision Center in New York City — and she couldn’t be happier.

    Schettino, who lives in the city, never liked wearing glasses to correct her blurred vision. Her solution had been to squint. As a result, she says, “I was noticing some premature wrinkles in my forehead and that was really bothering me. That’s when I decided it was time to undergo laser eye surgery.” Her blurred vision wasn’t that bad, she says, “but it was getting progressively worse … to the point where I couldn’t see anything far away.”

    Schettino had stopped going to the movies and dining in restaurants with menus posted on the wall because she couldn’t read them. Contacts hadn’t worked for her because she would forget to take them out at night so her eyes were really irritated.

    Schettino says she was really surprised at how easy the LASIK surgery procedure was. “I went at night after work at about 6 p.m. and I was there for about two hours,” she says.

    She felt comfortable with her doctor, Bryan Bonanni, MD, and the surgery center — much more so than the center she had visited when she first thought about having LASIK surgery about four years earlier. “I would definitely recommend researching and finding a facility you’re comfortable with,” she says. “They really put me at ease, and I think that was very important.”

    Schettino says she only uses eye drops on occasion now — when her eyes are dry. Her vision is vastly improved.

    “I can see 100 times better than before when I had glasses or contacts,” she says happily. “I really had a wonderful experience and would recommend it to anyone who is a candidate for LASIK.”

    Carole, Age 61: Satisfied With LASIK, But Needs Follow-Up

    Carole V. Bartholomeaux of Phoenix, Ariz., was ecstatic with the results of her laser eye surgery, which she had about four years ago. She says she noticed a difference the morning after her LASIK procedure. “I found that I could read street signs and I was just thrilled.”

    Bartholomeaux, who owns her own public relations firm, is on the computer 8 to 10 hours a day when she’s not in meetings and is pleased that she can get along without corrective lenses to see distances. She still uses reading glasses, however, because she chose not to correct either eye for seeing fine print.

    Having worn contacts from the time she was 24, Bartholomeaux didn’t have problems with them; she just found that “all of a sudden I was getting pain” and opted for LASIK eye surgery.

    More than a year ago, however, Bartholomeaux noticed that when she was watching television on the 24-inch screen in her bedroom, the faces weren’t as clear as they had been immediately after the surgery. She has called her eye surgeon’s office and has been somewhat disappointed in its follow-up care, which she paid for initially as part of her contract.

    “I’m frustrated with the customer service,” she says, and would be happier if the office would respond to her requests to find out what’s causing her blurred vision and help her correct it.

    Elizabeth, Age 31: A College Teacher Who’s Sorry She Had Laser Eye Surgery

    Elizabeth Skwiot, who lives in the Minneapolis area, is unhappy with the laser eye surgery she had in November 2008.

    “I was told I was a good candidate,” she says. “I had been interested in the surgery for a long time, and I decided I was done dealing with contacts. My eyes were dry and itchy all the time.”

    Immediately after her surgery, which she had when she was 30, she experienced some of the possible side effects — she would see halos and had great difficulty reading. “I was seeing two lines of text for every one,” she says.

    Skwiot, who teaches Spanish and freshman composition at a college, was devastated with the results because her life revolves around words and being able to read. “On more than one occasion,” she says, “my vision was so bad that it wasn’t safe for me to drive.” A couple of times when she was out and about, she says, “I had to call my significant other and he had to come and get me.”

    Two months after her surgery, Skwiot was wearing glasses all the time. In May 2009, she had an enhancement but she’s still having problems with halos. When she’s watching a movie, she finds she has to cover the screen on the DVD player so she doesn’t see the digital numbers. “When I see halos around the lights, it brings back memories of being totally incapacitated for months.”

    Skwiot says she experienced severe anxiety and depression because she couldn’t enjoy the activities she did before her surgery. “My vision was compromised.”

    Knowing what she does now, Skwiot says, she wishes she never opted for laser eye surgery.

    The Scoop on Laser Eye Surgery: It Works for Some, Not for Others

    Many people find laser eye surgery worth doing — they like being able to see without having to fuss with glasses or contacts. Others say the experience is okay, and some advise against it because it didn’t work for them. So what’s the bottom line? This surgery isn’t for everyone, and only through thorough research and consultation with professionals can you make a decision for yourself.

    The Main Pros And Cons Of Laser Eye Surgery

    Further details on laser eye surgery risks can be found here.

    Speed Of The Procedure

    Your total treatment appointment will last around an hour and a half. However, the procedure itself takes around 9-10 minutes for both eyes. The lasers are only active for approximately 30 seconds per eye. It is a very quick day procedure with no hospital stay required.

    Moving during the procedure will not affect the final outcome.

    Full details on our LASIK procedure can be found here, and PRK / LASEK details here.

    Painless

    You are given anaesthetic eye drops before your surgery which numb your eyes, and the procedure is considered painless. You will feel a pressure for about 20 seconds while the femtosecond laser is used.

    It will feel as if you are blinking normally during your surgery, even though the eye is held open for 4-5 minutes, due to the action of the anaesthetic. Just blink normally throughout.

    After surgery you may experience dry or gritty eyes temporarily during the first 4 hours after LASIK. You are given numbing eye drops to take home with you, which can be applied every 30-60 minutes to soothe any irritation until the eyes become comfortable 4 hours post surgery. Within approximately 4 hours of your LASIK, your eyes should be feeling normal again although with excellent vision. Most patients can see better than 20/20 in 2-4 hours after having Focus Clinic’s exclusive A-LASIK procedure.

    Affordable

    We offer a range of finance solutions to help you spread the cost of your laser eye surgery, including 0% interest options.

    Rapid visual recovery

    Most patients have improved vision immediately after surgery. Within 4 hours almost all patients have better than 20/20 vision. What to see more on our results? Just click here.

    Freedom

    For patients used to being fully dependent on glasses or contact lenses, freedom from those vision aids is most often described as life-changing.

    Activities such as swimming are much less of an inconvenience. Getting up in the morning without having to scramble around for your glasses, driving without squinting, exercising without worrying about your glasses falling off are common examples of the freedom that LASIK or PRK provide.

    We all live busy lives, so getting ready in the morning and going to bed without the hassle of contact lens application and removal will make a big difference. All of these everyday activities that you have become used to as a glasses or lens wearer are now no longer required. You’re given a new sense of freedom from the restrictions of poor sight.

    Lifetime Guarantee

    If the above isn’t enough to make you consider laser eye surgery, you can be at ease knowing that here at Focus Clinic we offer a Lifetime Guarantee on all of our short-sighted procedures for correcting distance vision.

    We’re proud of our fantastic 100% 20/20 vision results for typical prescriptions. Your Lifetime Care Guarantee means you can return at any time if you have additional questions on the quality of your vision. If you have distance vision correction for short-sight then any repeat laser eye treatments to correct a return of myopia in the first 10 years are included free of charge. (Terms and conditions apply, excludes any age-related changes and conditions unrelated to the primary treatment).

    By looking at the pros and cons of laser eye surgery it is clear that it really is a procedure worth considering. You won’t need to worry about losing these anymore…

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    Pros and Cons of LASIK: Are the Risks Worth the Cost?

    Patients seek LASIK surgery for many reasons.

    One is near universal: “to wake up in the morning and not reach for your glasses or spend two minutes putting in contact lenses,” says Christopher Hood, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

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    Most want to enjoy work and leisure with clear vision, too.

    But the idea of eye surgery — and being awake during it — can be scary. Nor is the procedure, which involves cutting a small flap in the cornea surface cells in order to reshape the cornea underneath it, right for everyone.

    Others may balk at the price: The average cost per eye, according to Hood, is about $2,200.

    Because LASIK isn’t typically covered by insurance, some people might choose to save and pay for it via a flexible spending account. U-M’s credit union also offers financing plans.

    No matter the concern, “we help (patients) weigh the risks and benefits,” Hood says. “For some people, it’s a no-brainer.”

    Here, he explains several pros and cons of LASIK:

    Pro: LASIK eye surgery is quick and safe

    Performed as an outpatient procedure, LASIK might take about 20 minutes — “and most of that time is spent getting set up for surgery,” Hood notes.

    Recipients, who remain awake, may be given a Valium to calm their nerves. For protection and peace of mind, the laser is designed to shut off if a patient’s eye makes any sudden movements that could prompt error or injury.

    Con: Not everyone is eligible

    Those deemed unsuitable often are 40 and older. That’s because they may have presbyopia, where the lens of the eye becomes stiff and hinders close-up vision (LASIK alters the cornea, not the lens).

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    Another similar surgery known as photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, can be better for people with high prescriptions or very thin corneas, Hood notes, because they lack “enough residual cornea to be structurally sound” for the flap-making that LASIK involves.

    Pro: Results come quickly

    It doesn’t take long to gain clear sight. LASIK patients will notice a difference in a few hours. “You’re seeing really, really well by the next day,” Hood says. Most normal activities can resume within 48 hours.

    Those who receive PRK, however, can expect a longer recovery — about a month — and some minor pain due to the corneal surface removal.

    Lasik and multifocal implants can be wonderful, and the vast majority of doctors are honest, moral and good people, but I always advise patients to do what I do: Get a second opinion, and make sure that the doctor is told emphatically that he is being consulted only for an opinion. This way, you are more likely to get an unbiased opinion.

    ARI WEITZNER, NEW YORK

    To the Editor:

    I had failed Lasik surgery in 2001. My ophthalmologist said new software had been developed to prevent any problems and charged me $4,000 to correct my severe astigmatism. Since that day 17 years ago, I have had to live with severe visual discomfort and poor vision.

    Immediately after Lasik, I had extreme light sensitivity, double vision and distortion, halos and sunbursts. I have had to use artificial tears constantly. My eyes were never dry before the Lasik.

    Although my doctor saw that my vision was terrible, she would not admit that Lasik had caused it. I sought help from other doctors in the area, and none would speak of the Lasik damage to my cornea. It was only when I moved to another state that I was told that my cornea was damaged from Lasik.

    Expensive Lasik was being sold like hot cakes for years, and many patients were being harmed. No one did anything about it. The Food and Drug Administration should withdraw approval of the procedure.

    BARBARA ADAMS, CHEVY CHASE, MD.

    Corrective Eye Surgery for Astigmatism: Pros and Cons

    Pros of Corrective Eye Surgery:

    – Greater Freedom and Mobility: Corrective eye surgery is one of several forms of vision surgery that can drastically improve quality of life. Vision correction not only offers you freedom from lenses or glasses, but it also helps you live a more active and fuller life. You do not have to constantly worry about glasses/lenses while biking, working out, running, or playing with your kids. Your range of vision is not limited anymore, and you can enjoy many activities that were previously restricted.

    – Immediate results: The results of the surgery are almost immediate. Most people can resume normal activities within two to three days, and improvement in vision can be noticed in as little as a few hours’ time.

    – Daycare Procedure: This surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that generally does not require hospitalization, and you will be discharged on the same day. However, you need to make arrangements for a cab or someone to drive you back home as your vision will be blurred for a few hours after surgery. The surgery itself requires less than half an hour and a major portion of this time is utilized for preparing the eyes for the surgery.

    – Astigmatism Surgery Aftercare: a simple process and consists of a combination of antibiotic eye drops to prevent the risk of infection and lubricating eye drops to help with symptoms of dry eyes in most individuals.

    Cons of Corrective Eye Surgery:

    – Eligibility: One of the major drawbacks of the corrective surgery for astigmatism is that not everyone is eligible for the procedure. If you are over 40 years of age and have presbyopia, you may be ineligible for the procedure. These are not rigid criteria as you may still be eligible for the procedure depending on your specific conditions.

    – Side Effects: Some people may also complain of night-time glare or halos around objects.

    – Dry Eyes: Dry eyes after the operation is a common side effect and may last for about three months. They are easily managed by a prescription of teardrops that reduce the irritation associated with it. The risk of developing permanent dry eyes is very rare.

    – Need for Repeat Surgery: Individuals who have a very high prescription may experience myopic regression. This is a condition where there is a slight reduction in the quality of vision. It should be remembered that the decrease in vision is never to the same level as before the procedure. Such persons may be recommended a repeat surgery, but it carries its own risks.

    – Dislodging of the Corneal Flap: During a corrective surgery with LASIK, a flap is created on the cornea. This flap heals by itself and is not secured. There is a small chance that the flap may get dislodged due to physical trauma even years after the surgery. If you are a sportsperson or enjoy active sports, then you should consider a PRK instead of LASIK. Before making a decision, find out more about the pros and cons of LASIK eye surgery versus PRK.

    Your eye doctor will guide you with a thorough examination, determining if this process is meant for you or not at your current age.

    The Pros and Cons of Lasik: How Does Lasik Surgery Improve Visual Effectiveness?

    Lasik surgery is a life-changing process. There are associated pros and cons like any other surgeries. It is important to evaluate the pros and cons at every step of the procedure.

    Lasik surgery is the most common medical procedure for eye treatments. The procedure is safe in most cases. However, the associated risks increase with various factors. For this reason, patients must meet an eligibility requirement to receive the surgery. Most of the pros and cons of Lasik focus on vision.

    People over the age of 40 are generally ineligible for the procedure. The cornea hardens over time and this makes it more difficult to reshape it. It is best to speak with a doctor to learn more about eligibility.

    Pro: Better Visual Acuity

    Patients have nearly an 80 percent chance to regain perfect vision through Lasik surgery. In almost every case, vision is significantly improved. The results last a lifetime.

    Lasik surgery is known to be a quick and safe procedure. A surgeon uses a tool called a microkeratome to form a cover over the cornea. While the cover is placed on the cornea, the surgeon pulls back underlying tissue. This tissue is known as the stroma.

    A powerful laser is directed at the cornea. This begins the reshaping process. Once the cornea is rehappened, light can pass through the eye more effectively.

    Con: Rare Night Vision Issues

    The epithelial flap that is created from the surgery can compromise some aspects of visions. Alterations to night vision is a common side-effect.

    The human eye contains many rods and cones that are responsible for perceived vision. Rods are more concentrated in the retina compared to cones. There are approximately 120 million rods in the retina.

    These rods play a major role in night vision. The rods, optic nerve, and other components of the eye process the minimal light that is available in a dark setting. This helps to form a cohesive image. The eye is a natural filter and can detect the edges of objects in the dark.

    This ability is slightly compromised after the surgery. The eye must change shape to accommodate the new cornea and this may affect the surrounding rods.

    Patients may become more sensitive to light sources in the dark. This can create halos and other after-images. If this is the case, it is best to limit some night-time activities.

    Night vision issues are not permanent. The amount of time it takes to heal depends on the surgery. The issue usually subsides within a few months.

    The Pros and Cons of Lasik: How Does Lasik Surgery Change Overall Appearance?

    Lasik surgery usually does not change the color or shape of the eye. In some rare cases, a strong laser can remove some pigmentation from the eye. This may cause the eye to turn slightly blue or gray.

    Generally, an eye mask musk is worn after the surgery because the eyes are too sensitive. It is best to travel with someone. The mask must be worn for 24 hours.

    The eyes may appear red due to irritation. If a blood vessel ruptures, then a part of the eye may seem completely red. This does not happen often. A broken blood vessel is not a cause for concern if no pain is present. The time for the eye to heal completely is one or two days.

    Pro: No Need for Glasses

    For patients under the age of 40, glasses are no longer needed after the surgery. However, there are other factors that may require a patient to keep their glasses after surgery.

    Patients with eye conditions like glaucoma may not experience full restoration because glaucoma is a progressive condition. Lasik surgery can mitigate the symptoms, but it cannot completely eliminate the condition.

    Glasses should not be worn if the surgery completely restores vision. This can put further strain on the eyes and lead to a relapse.

    Con: Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

    A subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when a blood vessel in the eye breaks. This causes blood to leak near the surface of the eye. The sclera or white part of the eye may appear partially or completely red. Pros and cons of Lasik surgery are experienced differently between patients.

    Despite the appearance, this type of hemorrhage is benign. A broken blood vessel in the eye can occur for several reasons including headaches, eye strain, or an injury to the eye. Heavy lifting, sneezing, or constipation may also lead to a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

    Eye drops can help to reduce redness. The affected eye should be left alone. Areas that contain large amounts of a certain allergen should be avoided.

    The Pros and Cons of Lasik: How Do the Eyes Feel After the Surgery?

    Other pros and cons of Lasik include recovery. There is some discomfort after the surgery. The eye may burn or develop an itch. Patients should not touch the eye for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Touching the eye can displace the flap and cause damage to the eye.

    Vision is blurry immediately after surgery. It is important to hydrate during this period. This helps the eye to recover. Sports and other physically demanding activities should be avoided for the first three days.

    Pro: Irritating Contact Lenses Are Gone

    There is no longer a need to spend two minutes every morning to put on contacts. In fact, contacts should not be worn anymore because this can change the shape of the eye. However, these are not all the pros and cons of Lasik.

    After the surgery, the eye can filter light more efficiently during both the day and night time. Environments become crisper and more defined.

    Lasik surgery can prove to be a cost-effective alternative to contacts. In most cases, it is a one-time procedure. Contacts no longer need to be replaced. This can save thousands of dollars in the long run.

    Con: Temporary Dry Eyes

    It takes several months for vision to stabilize. The eyes may dry up faster during this period. It is important to keep the eyes lubricated with eye drops. If the eyes are too dry, then the chances of a subconjunctival hemorrhage greatly increase. A humidifier can help to alleviate dry eyes.

    Lotions and skin creams should be used with caution. Many of these products contain chemicals that can irritate the skin. Some of these chemicals are small enough to sink through the pores. The skin surrounding the eyes is especially thin. These are a few more pros and cons of Lasik.

    Contacts lenses, make-up, and lotions should be avoided at least one week prior to surgery. Application of these products can increase the risk of infection can increase the post-recovery time. Patients may even become ineligible for treatment if the products are applied within a week of the scheduled surgery.

    The Pros and Cons of Lasik: Is Lasik Surgery the Right Option?

    Lasik surgery is a cost-effective and safe procedure to improve vision. If needed, the surgery can be performed several times. Lasik surgery may not be right for everyone. An eye doctor can use a series of assessment to determine eligibility.

    It is better to receive Lasik surgery at a young age because the body is more adaptive. This can make the surgery much easier.

    While there are some minor risks associated with Lasik surgery, the pros far outweigh the cons. Some pros and cons of Lasik are minor. This depends on the need for Lasik surgery.

    Lasik Eye Surgery Conclusion

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    Making the decision to have LASIK surgery can be an easy one for some patients. They are motivated based on their lifestyle, their age, or know others who have had great results. They are just ready! Then there are those who are less quick to make decisions, and want to do lots of research prior to making a decision to have surgery. For the second group we intend to present a fair and comprehensive review of the pros and cons of doing LASIK.

    Lasik Safety and Risk Factors

    Pros:

    LASIK today is safer than it has ever been with the combination of the bladeless IFS femtosecond laser to create the flap and the Visx Star4 Excimer laser performing the treatment. According to the FDA It is a fast and painless way to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism and reduce your need for glasses and contact lenses.

    When you find a qualified and experienced surgeon, understand the risks and possible complications, and have a thorough LASIK evaluation, your safety factors go up signifi

    cantly.

    LASIK is the most popular elective surgery in the world, but it’s is not right for everyone. Finding out if you are a good candidate is an essential factor here. Never be satisfied with a simple screening for candidacy. Get a list of possible complications in writing and ask questions to further improve your odds for great results. Education is a prerequisite.

    Cons:

    LASIK is surgery and there is no guarantee of perfect vision. There are some complications post-surgery, most of which will diminish with time, like glare and halos at night.

    Dry eyes are possible but most of these issues are short-lived. Some dry eye problems can last longer and become exacerbated post-operation. Have your dry eyes evaluated during your evaluation to mitigate this problem.

    Patients may experience over-correction or under-correction after surgery and need an additional procedure to tweak the earlier results.

    Lasik Affordability Factors

    Pros:

    It is possible to have LASIK today by financing your procedure at an affordable rate per month. Use your FSA to save on taxes to pay for in addition to financing your procedure.

    Consider that having LASIK is like an investment in your future. You will have decades of good vision instead of dealing with your glasses and contacts.

    Cons:

    Insurance plans do not cover LASIK. Realistically weigh the benefits of having eye surgery and your budget. Since it is not inexpensive decide if you can make it work without putting a burden on your family.

    Lasik Lifestyle and Motivation Factors

    Pros:

    No more glasses. No more contacts. No groping for glasses first thing in the morning. No restrictions on your everyday activities at work or play. Enjoy outdoor activities during allergy seasons without fighting with your contacts.

    Experience the freedom of participating in all winter and summer sports and playing with your fur babies

    Many patients see better after LASIK surgery than they ever did with their glasses or contacts.

    Feel more confident when you don’t need to wear glasses all the time.

    Cons:

    Some patients may need to wear glasses for certain activities even after surgery. Find out ahead of time if you fall into this category and weigh it against the pros.

    The only other thing we can think of here is that some patients like themselves better in glasses!

    Lasik Pain and Fear Factors

    Pros:

    There is no pain during the procedure because numbing drops are administered prior. You will go home afterward to rest for several hours returning the next day for a post- operative check.

    You cannot negatively affect your results. Painless eyelid holders are used to prevent you from blinking during surgery. If you should move, the eye tracker in the laser will stop the procedure and continue the treatment exactly where it left off.

    There is less than a 1% chance you will experience a vision reducing complication.

    Cons:

    Some people are truly afraid to have anyone touch their eyes. If this is a real issue for you, think carefully about proceeding. If you have issues with anxiety or take medications advise the surgeon before surgery.

    Bottom Line

    Consider all your individual pros and cons and then increase your odds for a successful outcome by:

    • Finding a qualified and experienced surgeon.
    • Have a thorough LASIK evaluation to eliminate anything that would disqualify you from having surgery. Not everyone is a good candidate.
    • Don’t settle for anything other than advanced technology like the femtosecond laser to make the flap and the Visx Star 4 excimer laser for the treatment.

    Come for a complimentary consultation and let us explain further the pros and cons of LASIK surgery and whether it is right for you.

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