March 08, 2010

Considering Lasik?

By Staff in Categories: LASIK

Interesting article

You may be considering having your vision corrected through LASIKbut you may be worried about the risks with this surgery. Then you will be glad to know that complications from LASIK are rare, and permanent vision loss is virtually unheard of. For those minor complications that can occur, retreatment or eye enhancements can solve the problem. LASIK actually stands for Laser Assisted in situ Keratomileusis; LASIK reshapes the cornea to increase clarity of vision.

The most important step in undergoing LASIK is to choose a highly qualified eye surgeon. Your surgeon should have performed hundreds, if not thousands, of LASIK procedures before you commit. Competent eye surgeons will carry out proper screening before performing LASIK surgery to ensure the health of your eyes today and in the future.

In the United States, LASIK is a popular procedure with a solid success rate that has been performed millions of times. Increasingly sophisticated technology provides very favorable outcomes for all patients. In fact, the U.S. military uses LASIK to help soldiers decrease dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses. Overall, serious rates of complication are below one percent. This is due in large part to experienced LASIK surgeons who carefully screen and select patients based on best suitability for specific refractive procedures. Some patients are not good candidates for LASIK due to health problems, eye problems, age, pregnancy and nursing. This highlights the importance of speaking frankly with your eye surgeon during your vision consultation.

Most rare LASIK complications are associated with the creation of the corneal flap, an integral part of LASIK eye surgery. The April 2006 issue of American Journal of Ophthalmology indicates flap complications occur in .3 percent to 5.7 percent of all LASIK procedures.

Still, no surgical procedure is risk free. LASIK complications may include:

Since LASIK was approved in the 1990’s, it has continually improved. Many people who could not have LASIK in the past are now good candidates as the procedure has evolved so much. The original LASIK procedure is now referred to as Traditional LASIK and has been supplanted in popularity by the more sophisticated Wavefront-Guided LASIK.

To learn more about LASIK and whether or not you qualify for this refractive procedure, please visit the website of Horizon Eye Care of Charlotte, North Carolina. We offer bladeless LASIK and 24-month interest free financing.

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