How Lasik Surgery Can Benefit Dry Eyes
LASIK is an acronym that may have caught your attention in recent years, but what exactly is it? The word LASIK is derived from the words lactic, which is an adjective that means “stature”. In other words, this means that a living body part is made of muscle. This is in reference to the fact that when someone wears glasses, their eyes are made up of the same muscle groups as their face, including the cornea, the lens, and the eyes themselves.
So in essence, a person’s eyes are made up of nothing more than muscle, and that is why the most common visual impairments are those caused by the misalignment of the cornea (if you wear glasses, you know how easily these can be affected due to the way that they keep getting knocked out of your frame). With laser surgery, the surgeon cuts through this muscle and replaces it with a thin piece of tissue that is custom designed to fit the cornea so that light can once again correctly enter the eye. Because a cornea is one of the hardest parts of the human body, it is imperative that this area is perfectly even in its shape. Otherwise, any distortion in the cornea will cause distortion in the vision, which can clearly be frustrating, especially when driving at night or when wearing glasses.
One of the main reasons that many people choose to have lasik surgery is because of the ability to improve their vision without wearing eyeglasses. This means that those who wear contact lenses often have to deal with dry eyes. In fact, dry eyes may feel like they are becoming worse rather than better. The cornea is made of tissue that requires moisture to stay in place at all times, and when it becomes dry and brittle due to tears, this means that the vision is reduced considerably. However, with laser surgery, a patient may be able to get a clearer vision without the use of corrective eyewear.