Whether you are farsighted, nearsighted, or have astigmatism, wearing glasses and contact lenses can become tiresome. More and more people are choosing to get LASIK eye surgery. The laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis procedure may seem like a great choice if you are ready to do away with those eyeglasses and contact lenses forever, but the procedure may not be the right choice for everyone. How do you know if it is the right choice for you?
For this procedure, the surgeon will create a small incision in the patient's cornea. Next, a laser is used to correct problems in the eye. LASIK eye surgery is a good choice for people with certain conditions. People with nearsightedness (distant objects seem blurry), farsightedness (nearby objects seem blurry), or astigmatism (overall blurred vision) are typically good candidates for the procedure.
People can get the procedure as early as the age of 18, though the median age is 37. Most doctors recommend that patients get the procedure before the age of 40. Most adults around this age will begin to get some form of presbyopia, which makes it difficult to see things that are nearby. If you think that you may have presbyopia, consult with your ophthalmologist about whether or not the procedure is right for you.
Like any other surgical procedure, LASIK eye surgery is not without its fair share of risks. These risks include unusually dry eyes, and vision disturbances, which can make seeing at night difficult. Astigmatism, and over or under-correction may also be a possible risk.
This procedure is generally safe, but as with any other surgical procedure, you should consult your doctor about whether or not you are a good candidate. Make sure to consider the cost of the procedure, know what you should realistically expect, and take your time choosing the right surgeon to do the procedure.
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