Laser - Eye Surgery

Laser - Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery may be the answer for those who can’t see very well, and are sick of fumbling with glasses or dealing with delicate contact lenses. Laser eye surgery allows the patient to regain most of their sight and live a life free of contacts and glasses.

Laser eye surgery is relatively new, so if you are looking to get it done, make sure you do your research first. The procedure is pretty simple, goes rather fast, but needs to be done with one hundred percent accuracy. Most people who get laser eye surgery are surprised about how quick the procedure tends to be. You want to find a doctor who is experienced and has hundreds, if not thousands, of successful operations under his or her belt.

I saw a special on television that showed laser eye surgery in very detailed steps. It was pretty freaky to watch, but overall the procedure seemed to be quick and painless, and the doctor was steady and efficient.

The outer layer of the eye is actually sliced off so the laser can penetrate the eye to reshape the eye’s lens. The eye is held open through the entire procedure, and the eye is also kept moist to avoid injury. Once the laser has done its job, the outer layer of the eye is flipped back into place and must seal correctly back onto the eye.

While success rates for laser eye surgery are good, your vision may not be one hundred percent corrected. It is often close though. As with any type of surgery, there are risks. Laser eye surgery is only as good as the person working on your eyes. There are things that can go wrong, and in some cases, you may have to go back for adjustments if your vision is not properly restored. Because laser eye surgery is so new, there are no clear studies about how long your eyes might stay good or if the procedure will have to be repeated in the future.

If you are considering laser eye surgery, you should know that in most cases, insurance companies will not cover the cost of the procedure. This will end up being your expense. Some places do offer financing though, and if your credit is good, this might be an option for you.

When finding a physician, be sure to ask questions and find out his or her experience. Don’t be afraid to ask about training, education, and success rate. These are your eyes and you deserve the best you can find. Be sure to follow all of your doctor’s orders to the letter to ensure a smooth surgery. Don’t rush into laser eye surgery because once it is done, it is not reversible. As with any major life event, all aspects should be considered carefully before you proceed.

Below are useful and up-to-date resources about ''laser eye surgery'':

New Laser Cuts Eye Surgery Pain (LiveScience.com via Yahoo! News)
Conventional laser approaches to treating an eye ailment common among diabetics can feel like getting poked in the eye with a sharp stick.

New Laser Treatment Cuts Eye Surgery Pain (Fox News)
Company''s automatation of laser-burn patterns in back of retina more effective than manual application.

No injuries result today from chemical leak at eye laser surgery center (CentralOhio.com)
MANSFIELD - City fire Capt. Dan O''Brien pulled on something resembling a fluorescent orange trash bag before entering ReVision Schumer Eye Laser Center today.

Laser surgery: Getting older could mean seeing better (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
WASHINGTON -- Linette Hwu had been warned by doctors that she was not a candidate for laser eye surgery: Her corneas were too thin, her pupils too large, and she was extremely nearsighted.

Are you a candidate for eye surgery? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
While results have improved for laser eye surgery patients, experts warn that the decision to have surgery should never be made without careful consideration of the potential risks. Lasik and similar procedures are not approved for patients younger than 18, because their vision has not stabilized.

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