Eyes Can See Clearly Now Thanks to the Advances of Laser Eye Surgery

Photo of lensx cataract surgery LocateADocCataract surgery to restore vision has become one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the world. It has also been verified as safe and effective (some studies suggest at least 90% of the operations are successful in helping correct vision with minimal complications).  Thanks to femtosecond laser technology (used to improve surgical incisions in correcting pre-existing astigmatism), this type of surgery has become a more efficient method and is currently performed by medical professionals on a daily basis. For patients who choose the laser approach for correcting their vision, there is a greater assurance of accuracy and they ultimately see better results.

LenSx, the first femtosecond laser that was approved to treat cataracts, was developed by Alcon, one of the leading manufacturers of eye care products. Since its creation, the laser has been and continues to improve. These improvements provide greater assurances that this type of eye surgery can be a better option for those who need or want it.  Also, because the cost is not as expensive as it was in the past, this type of eye surgery is an affordable option when compared to spending money on prescription glasses, contact lenses or periodic eye exams.  As with any medical procedure or surgery, it is best to consult a physician or ophthalmologist, but in the case of laser eye surgery, many professionals recommend it as an option for correcting vision.

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Further Reading

  • Many diabetics struggle with keeping their blood sugar levels under control to maintain a steady level of energy and prevent many diseases.  Now, researchers confirm that blood sugar also plays an important role in maintaining healthy eyes, and diabetics can reduce their risk of vision loss by making changes in their diet and lifestyle.

  • LASIK and laser eye surgery procedures continue to be a popular option for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but not everyone meets the requirements for this procedure. Conductive keratoplasty (CK) is one of the newest forms of refractive surgery and unlike other forms of eye surgery, uses radio waves and heat energy to reduce the size of the connective tissues around the cornea. This procedure is designed for patients suffering from hyperopia and presbyopia. The latest clinical results show that CK can produce more stable results than previously, and is now widely accepted by laser eye surgeons around the United States.

  • Twilight actress Judi Shekoni recently underwent the LASIK vision correction procedure at a Beverly Hills LASIK center and is now enjoying the successful outcome. The procedure was performed by LASIK eye surgery specialist Dr. Khanna, and involved a two-step process. Ms. Shekoni, who plays vampire Zafrina on the Twilight show, reports that she was a “nervous passenger” while undergoing the procedure but it was completely painless.

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