Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Truth about Lasik Eye Surgery


The Truth about Lasik Eye Surgery

What is Lasik Eye Surgery?
Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a type of refractive laser eye surgery performed by ophthalmologists for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.[1] The procedure is generally preferred to photorefractive keratectomy, PRK, (also called ASA, Advanced Surface Ablation) because it requires less time for the patient's recovery, and the patient feels less pain, overall; however, there are instances where PRK/ASA is medically indicated as a better alternative to LASIK. Many patients choose LASIK as an alternative to wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
(Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LASIK)

The Good
The majority of the patients that undergo the procedure are satisfied with the results. Immediate improved vision and independence from contact lenses and corrective eyewear are the two most commonly cited benefits. Perhaps one of the most understated benefits however, is the increased confidence from not having to "hide their faces" behind glasses.

The Bad

Unfortunately, as with most things, there is a small percentage of patients who go through with this and are not happy with the results. In 2001, estimated at 3% of patients or 30,000 people and 60,000 eyes are having lasting complications such as double vision or starbursts, around lights at night. Some will have dry eyes or won't be able to read easily.

The Not-so Ugly

Ultimately, the industry needs to impose strictly standards that protect the patients more. And the consumer needs to throughly do their homework on their potential doctor and the procedure.