What is it?
LASIK is a form of eye surgery which can restore 20/20 vision to people who would normally have to use another form of eyesight correction (glasses or contacts). It involves using a laser to re-shape part of the eye so that it is the right shape to view properly. There are many different ways to do LASIK surgery which change the cost per eye, as well as the time it takes to finish the procedure.
It is charged by the eye because sometimes the problem is only with one eye, so it wouldn't make sense to have both eyes worked upon.
Before the procedure takes place, the eye clinic will ensure that the patient is over the age of 18 (minimum age required to have the treatment), and that their glasses prescription has been stable for at least a year. This is to make sure that the eye is no longer changing dramatically and the surgery won't get wasted.
People who require surgery on the eye are advised not to wear contact lenses for a minimum of six weeks prior, so that the cornea is able to re-adjust itself into a completely natural state. Contact lenses change the shape of the eye, so by giving it time to go to how it should be means that the operation won't need to be done twice.
The laser is used to cut a flap of skin on the eye, it's then folded over onto itself and the surgeon uses the laser to reshape the exposed surface. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the laser is used again to reposition to flap correctly.
After the Procedure
Once the procedure is complete, the recovery time is almost non-existent, and you can start to use your great new eye-sight straight away without needing glasses ever again.
Things to remember:
- Having surgery too early in life will mean that it may need to be done again several years later as your eyes continue to change shape.
- LASIK is one of the most expensive procedures you can have done. It's best to talk to an eye surgeon before having it done as they may be able to suggest cheaper, yet more effective method to improve your eyesight.
- LASIK does have the potential to have side-effects which include, but are not limited to eye-dryness, halos and issues with driving at night. These may also fixable but will take further time and money to do so. Some side-effects such as dry eyes can potentially be permanent but there are treatments to minimize the problems it causes.