The Magic Of Laser Vision Correction
It almost seems surreal. You walk into your doctor's office
wearing your glasses or contact lenses, you receive numbing drops, and within a
few minutes, your vision has been restored to what it was when you were 20 years
old. You can walk out of the doctors' surgery in half an hour, leaving your
contacts and glasses behind! With Lasik vision correction most people can say
goodbye to glasses forever.
It's amazing to imagine that a cool laser can actually change the shape of
the cornea in your eyes. However that's just what it does. The doctor will lift
a small microscopic flap from your cornea and direct the laser beam to actually
reshape the cornea so that light can be reflected more effectively. What this
does is allow the eye to see properly again, eliminating the need for glasses or
Laser vision correction is very popular among actors who don't like to be
seen on screen wearing glasses. It is also a very common procedure for sports
people and athletes, particularly those relying heavily on their eyesight...
golfers and shooters for example.
It is important to find a doctor who will take the time to explain the
procedure in full, and answer all your questions. Some questions that you may
like to ask include:
- What percent of this surgeons' patients achieved uncorrected visual
- How long has the surgeon been performing refractive surgery? Should be at
least 3 years
- How many laser procedures has the surgeon performed? Should be over 500
- How many operations has the surgeon performed similar to yours? Should be
at least 100
- Has the surgeon ever had his malpractice insurance denied?
- Has your surgeon ever had their license to practice medicine revoked?
While these may seem to be very direct and possibly even rude questions, just
remember, this doctor is about to perform very invasive surgery on your eyes.
First performed about 1985, lasik surgery has certainly come a long way! What
is now an outpatient procedure has opened up a whole new world of clear vision
for those who wish to use it. It's important to take extra special care with
one's eyes after the surgery, so that the risk of infection or any possible
complication can be kept to an absolute minimum.
You can find more articles by Russell Savige on the
cost of laser vision
correction at his 20/20 vision and contact lenses website.
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