Vision laser surgery is a good alleviation if you’re tired of losing your glasses or daily caring for contacts. Laser vision correction is the answer if you want to look younger without the hassle of contacts or looking for new glasses for different occasions. A laser eye surgery even enables you to participate in sports or have a job that makes wearing glasses or contacts a problem.
You may have heard the popularity of LASIK surgery, both for vision improvement as well as aesthetic or cosmetic reason. No matter what reasons you have if you’re interested in laser eye correction getting a comprehensive info about the surgery will help you to decide whether or not a vision laser surgery is right for you.
The Difference Between PRK and LASIK Eye Surgery
Laser refractive surgery reshapes or modifies the cornea using an excimer laser. There are two types of vision laser surgery: LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy). While both use excimer laser and shape the cornea for correction in the same manner they differ in their approach.
In the PRK procedure any eye surgeon removes the top surface of cornea, called the epithelium, to reshape the cornea.
In the LASIK procedure the doctor cuts a flap and reshapes the inner or middle layer of the cornea. The flap is repositioned to its original position at the completion of the reshaping.
Risks and Complications of Vision Laser Surgery
Both PRK and LASIK eye surgery are considered low risk. However, similar to other type of operations, there are always possible risks and complications when having any surgery performed. The following is list of potential problems:
- It’s possible you’ll deal with some amount of pain or discomfort for a few days. Blurred vision and sensitivity to light are also common and usually clears in the days following surgery although some may find continued symptoms for months and even fewer may find the symptoms are permanent.
- There is also a potential risk of infection. You’re usually advised to have each eye operated on separately, instead of at the same time to reduce the chance of infection in both eyes. But most infections can be cleared with medication, if treated right away.
- Another possible risk is that your vision may be over or under corrected. Under corrected vision may be fixed with further surgery but over corrected vision is irreparable. It’s possible for you to continue to require corrective lenses even after surgery, although you should be less dependence on them.
Learn more about results after LASIK. As you understand the potential risks and complications — including loss of vision — visit your laser eye surgeon to get more info about vision laser surgery and to know whether or not you’re a good LASIK candidate. Also, before agreeing to any laser eye surgery make sure you choose the best LASIK eye surgeon.