Lasik eye surgery is the type of eye surgery which utilizes laser technology to correct the eye and the vision. This particular technique of laser technology has been around since the 1970s but has seen many improvements. Lasik eye surgery is generally considered an elective surgery that results, in most cases, with the patient undergoing the procedure not needing eye glasses or contacts any longer. This result can last for many years. Lasik eye surgery is considered quite safe for almost all patients who opt for it.
Some people are not suited for this type of surgery. If the prospective patient is under eighteen years of age, then it generally is not recommended for them to have lasik surgery because their eyes are still changing. Generally, if a woman is pregnant ,it is recommended that she wait until she gives birth to have the procedure performed. If the prospective patient has diabetes or has glaucoma, this is not a recommended procedure for those people so afflicted. Also, if the prospective patient has cataracts, it is not the recommended surgery to correct their condition.
According to lasik surveys of patients who had the procedure performed on their eyes, 92 to 98 percent of these patients were satisfied with the results.
There are some considerations that a person must consider before they have this procedure performed. One of them is that the FDA recommends that the persons eye prescription have been stable for at least one year. So this could be considered a pre-requirement of having the procedure performed. It is interesting just how long the procedure has been successfully administered to patients. The first patent was recorded in 1989. In 1998, the FDA issued its approval for the lasik procedure. There are several variations of lasik surgery, each for specific requirements of a persons eyes.
Generally, lasik surgery is for people with nearsightedness, which is when a person cant see in the distance very well. It is for farsightedness, when the person cant see close up very well, and the third general reason to consider lasik surgery is for correcting astigmatism. If you have any of these eye conditions then you are a candidate for lasik surgery.
Lasik surgery is an outpatient procedure and the actual surgery usually is completed within approximately 30 minutes. You recline in a chair and the eye is given a local anesthetic eye drop solution that limits the pain that may be experienced.
As with any surgery, there may be unexpected complications that no one can predict. There are some known after effects, such as dry eye, which may last for several months or more. In some patients, dry eye may remain a problem but in that case their doctor will prescribe eye drops that can alleviate that issue. Some people just dont like the idea of any kind of surgery, but lasik surgery is really quite safe and so long as the patient doesnt have any condition that disqualifies them as a candidate, the results are long lasting.