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LASIK Eye Surgery

Article submitted by Ann Vogel

LASIK an abbreviation for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis is a kind of refractive laser eye operation performed by ophthalmologists designed for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Jose Barraquer was a Spanish ophthalmologist who invented this surgical procedure in 1960. He is also known as "the father of modern refractive surgery".

Lasik eye surgery is the newest procedure that eye care practitioners effectuate in order to correct the diseases of the eye. Before you really decide that you want to go along with it, doctors suggest to gather all the information you can regarding this operation.

Lasik is not a surgery that everybody can benefit from. There are certain rules:

  1. You must be at least 18 years old in order to be able to have this operation.
  2. Women who are pregnant or nursing are not allowed to sign up for this surgery as these conditions might modify the calculated refraction of the eye.
  3. Must be in good general health.
  4. If you suffer from diabetes, glaucoma, herpes infections of the eye or other diseases that might affect the operation it is advisable for you to discuss all this with your doctor. He will tell you whether you are allowed to go along and do the surgery or you should forget about it forever.
Try to find out all the risks and possible complications that might appear after the surgery and weigh all your options. Even if you are healthy you'll need a full eye examination by your refractive surgeon that will help him decide whether you are a good candidate or not. After all the examinations have been done and you have discussed all the issues with your doctor the operation may begin.

The surgery is executed with the patient awake though he/she is given a sedative and soft eye drops in order to support the surgery more easily. The surgery is performed in two steps. In the first step the eye is prepared for the surgery and in the second step the corneal stroma is remodeled. During the second steps the patient's vision may become blurry he/she will be able to see only white lights. Recovery can take up to six months, period in which your vision is going to stabilize.

There are patients who may experience complications. LASIK risks include sensitivity to light, glared vision, dry eyes, loss of visual clarity, and sensitivity of the eye. But because of the progress in LASIK technology these complications can be reduced and many problems can be effortlessly, corrected with additional therapy.

Lasik has become in the recent years the most popular surgery. Many people prefer to have this operation in order for them not to be forced to wear contact lenses or glasses. Unfortunately there are patients whose vision do not become clearer and better even if they have made the surgery. Fortunately, the number of these patients is very low.

The most important thing that you have to do before undergoing this surgery is to find the best LASIK surgeon who you trust in. Choose a surgeon who is experienced and has a good reputation even if he /she is more expensive than others.