The Lasik Decision
LASIK is an acronym for Laser-assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. LASIK, commonly called simply laser vision correction or laser eye surgery, is basically a form of refractive keratectomy for the treatment of myopia, hyperopic, and astigmatism. It is a corneal surgery that uses laser energy to reshape the cornea by vaporizing a microscopic flap in the cornea. After Lasik surgery patients are free to perform all eye care procedures as normal. There are few complications associated with the procedure and the recovery period is generally very short.
Before undergoing lasik eye surgery your vision must be examined by your ophthalmologist to determine the level of your refractive errors and the need for corrective lasik surgery. A standard eye examination will also include the use of a laser to correct any refractory problems with your vision. As lasik is purely a refractive procedure, your eyes do not need to be any more delicate than they naturally are. The procedure is generally safe and can be performed on an outpatient basis. Most patients return to their normal daily activities immediately following their lasik procedure.
As with any surgical procedures there are some possible complications that can occur after lasik. Occasionally a patient may develop a dry socket in their cornea which can be treated with excimer laser treatment or with contacts. Another very rare complication of lasik is infection of the eyeball or the sinus membrane. This is very rare and is usually treated with antibiotics. Overall the positive benefits of lasik far outweigh any risks or side effects. If you are considering lasik please consult with your surgeon to ensure you are making the right decision for your vision.