Weak eyes are caused by a number of factors, many of which are simply not in our control. Those who unretired faulty eye genes or have eye problems due to the nature of their work might hate the fact that they have to wear glasses most of the time. While there some very fashionable glasses out there, many people still feel that they’d be better off without them.
NOTE: Always be sure to consult with your doctor about any type of surgery.
Glasses could ruin a formal look, especially if you want your eye makeup to be on display or enjoy an activity like water sports. They’re also quite expensive, especially if you want a long-lasting and sturdy pair. What’s more, glasses require quite a bit of maintenance and care if we want to see clearly with them for the long term. Taking the right precautions could be a pain, especially if we want to go to the beach or a concert.
Of course, contact lenses are another option, but these also require a fair amount of cleaning and care. Plus, we can’t wear them in many places for fear of losing a contact or damaging our eyes.
With so many issues around eyewear, it’s not surprising that several individuals are now looking at LASIK or laser eye surgery to correct their vision on a more permanent basis. However, this procedure is expensive, somewhat risky, and might not even be as long-lasting as some may think. These fears might influence our decision to go ahead with LASIK, so let’s take a look at whether this process is really a permanent solution or not:
Putting Rumors to Rest
LASIK eye surgery is not meant to simply last a few years. With technological advancements, we can now safely say that LASIK will correct our vision problems permanently. This procedure could correct all manner of eye issues, including farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.
The belief and rumors that LASIK is not permanent might apply in certain rare cases, but that has more to do with older procedures. If an organization is not updated with the current technology, it might put a disclaimer of not promising permanent results for LASIK.
How it Works
LASIK works through the use of excimer lasers operated by a certified ophthalmologist. With the right manipulation, these lasers are meant to reshape our cornea. The theory here is that this reshaping will allow light to get into our eyes properly and focus on our retina. This will then do away with any eye imperfections that might be the cause of our hyperopia, astigmatism, or myopia. The end result of this is a clear, untroubled vision and peace of mind for the person undergoing LASIK.
As we may imagine, this cornea reshaping process is a permanent one. There’s no reason to assume that our eyes will revert back to their imperfect state after a few years or even several.
Not a Cure-All
Even though LASIK seems like a promising way to get perfect eyesight, we must keep in mind that this is not the answer to every single eye problem we have. All this operation does is correct our vision problems in a permanent manner. This doesn’t mean that our eyes wouldn’t develop more problems in the future.
In short, it’s absolutely possible for our eyes to naturally change their prescription or contract other issues after LASIK. After all, we can hardly expect this procedure to protect us against unhealthy habits such as staring at a screen for hours or straining our eyes with too much work. If we really want to stay on the safe side, we might want to look up some steps for eye care. Even a single change like listening to more audio books instead of using an eBook reader might make a significant change.
On the bright side, we may expect that the eye problems in the future will probably not be as severe as before our LASIK procedure. Plus, developing more problems is not common. Even if something like this does occur, we have the option of LASIK enhancements for dealing with the situation.
About LASIK Enhancement
LASIK enhancement is a sort of follow-up procedure that we can get if our vision changes by a significant amount after the correction. This is also a choice we have if the original procedure proved unsatisfactory.
While it may seem worrisome to go under the laser for more than one treatment, going for LASIK two or even three times is absolutely safe according to the professionals. Still, if we desire more assurance, there are surgeons that can evaluate us properly and ensure that we’re suitable candidates for a repeat LASIK procedure.
The Gender Difference
There have been some studies conducted on the regression rates for LASIK patients, especially those who require a follow-up procure. On average, it was found that women had a regression of 0.40 D on average, while men only faced a regression of -0.08 D. These statistics were measured over a period of 18 years, which was the follow-up period after the original LASIK procedure.
While this does show a definite difference between the experience of men and women after LASIK surgery, there were no complications in the long term for any of these cases. This shows us that the laser producer is a safe one for the most part.
Possible Side Effects
LASIK surgery might be a safe procedure and one that lasts for a very long time. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s completely without side effects. In fact, those who have undergone this procedure have reported halos, glares, dry eyes, and even starbursts after the surgery.
Though the symptoms above are relatively minor ones, there are some more major complications that we risk with LASIK eye surgery. These include chronic pain, detached retinas, loss of vision, eye infections, etc. It might be such risks that have led to a downturn in the number of such surgeries from one year to another.
However, even with slightly fewer people opting for LASIK, it’s still among the most common elective surgeries in the United States. The satisfaction rating for LASIK patients is also quite high, with a significant percentage of patients even ending up with a vision that’s better than 20/20. We can get all the cool technology products we want, but such a perfect vision is an incomparable blessing.
While LASIK eye surgery is a very popular option these days, the risks are definitely present. What’s more, this procedure might have been approved by the FDA, but there are still no rules on what one should know during a consultation. This is why it’s imperative that we conduct our own research about the pros and cons of LASIK surgery and draw independent conclusions.
Despite the lack of industry requirements, the experience of previous patients and past records assure us just how safe LASIK is. We shouldn’t hesitate to ask any burning questions, watch videos, and do what it takes to ensure that this is the right step for us.