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Laser Eye Correction

Laser eye correction isn’t for everyone, but for those who qualify; it can bring amazing results by dramatically improving the quality of your vision. If you’re considering laser eye correction, there are a few things you should know before making your final decision.

The first thing you should know is that there are actually many different kinds of laser eye correction surgery or  laser eye operation; such as Cataracts or Glaucoma surgery.

  • Cataracts surgery is an operation to treat the development of a cloudiness or impaired vision of the eye. Eye’s is therefore treated with a replacement lenses. This surgical process, however, may not require lasers for correction. Instead, an ultrasound probe is used to make the small operative incision.

  • Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. Laser eye correction involves the use of a bright and highly focused light to destroy the targeted tissues. It is important to know that a possible side effect of this laser eye correction procedure is cataracts. Consult your ophthalmologist for further information on these risks.

The most stereo-typical of laser eye sugary, is Refractive laser eye correction. It is used to reduce the eye’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses for vision. Both Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK) and Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery, requires the use of either a femtosecond laser or a microkeratome. The femtosecod laser is otherwise known as a ultrashort-puls laser whereas the microkeratom is a tiny raiser, both can be used to operate on the corneal tissue during Refractive laser eye correction. This type of laser eye correction is known as the “Flap” procedure by which tissues are removed from underneath a small incision made on the surface of the eye. Don’t worry; with a good dose of anesthesia, you won’t feel a thing!

Other types of refractive laser eye correction surgery include the Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) and Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelium Keratomileusis (LASEK). Both the PRK and LASEK eye correction procedure are known as “Surface” operations because they both require an excimer laser (ultraviolet laser) to remove obstructive tissues from the surface of the eye. Therefore, no incision is required.

Before making assumptions about the kind of eye correction that you may want or need, arrange a consultation with your ophthalmologist. First, be sure that you and your eyes are healthy. Dry eyes, conjunctivitis or any other eye condition and/or injury may effect the results of your laser eye correction healing process. Also, if you’re pregnant or if you have diabetes, you may not qualify for the eye surgery. For pregnancy; this is because hormone changes in the body could effect eye fluid levels and eye vision. So, you may want to wait until after your body has fully recovered before you have the operation. Respectively, even healthy eyes also need certain preparatory procedures before undergoing any laser eye correction process.

As your ophthalmologist would be responsible for addressing your case, remember to keep an open mind about considering other options. Surgery may not always be the answer. There are plenty of non-surgical eye corrective options which may be better suitable for your particular needs. As long as you do you research and work together with your laser eye correction professional, you should be well on your way to improving your vision as desired. Good luck!

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