Laser Eye Surgery
Laser eye surgery is a surgical vision correcting procedure in which eye’s cornea is reshaped and poor vision is corrected by using extremely precise excimer laser. There are several laser eye surgery types, including LASIK, Epi-LASIK, LASEK, and PRK. LASIK is the most common laser eye surgery which has high success rates and patient satisfaction.
LASIK Eye Surgery – What Is It?
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery is a refractive error correction for farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. These vision disorders are treated by using a microkeratome knife and excimer laser. The eye doctor makes an ultra thin cut on the epithelium (thin tissue that covers the surface of the eye’s pupil) with microkeratome knife, creates a flap of tissue and reshapes the eye’s cornea with the excimer laser to repair poor vision. The surgery takes only 15 minutes per eye and is highly safe.
LASIK vs. PRK – Which Is The Best?
In LASIK eye surgery, the eye surgeon makes a thin cut in the cornea, creates a flap of tissue and applies excimer laser to reshape the cornea while in PRK, the eye surgeon removes the outer layer of the cornea completely to reshape the cornea. The most important difference between LASIK and PRK are the post-op discomfort and visual recovery time right after the eye surgery. PRK patients are likely to have more discomfort following the surgery because the outer tissue of the cornea is removed during the operation and it needs time to heal. A PRK patient generally has to use antibiotic eye drops for about 3 months to fasten the healing process. LASIK recovery time is relatively shorter than PRK recovery time. Discomfort after LASIK eye surgery is minimal. LASIK eye surgery patients generally don’t have to use eye drops after the surgery. However, both surgeries are safe and highly effective. Your ophthalmologist chooses the best treatment for you depending on your cornea’s thickness, your eye’s humidity level and a few other conditions.
Is LASIK Eye Surgery Permanent?
LASIK eye surgery is a permanent solution to vision problems such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. Your eye surgeon reshapes your cornea which means that your eyes cannot go back to their previous impairment. However, you may experience some negative changes in the quality of your eyesight because of some age-related conditions such as presbyopia and cataracts as you age.
LASIK Eye Surgery Complications – Dry Eye After LASIK
LASIK eye surgery complications are generally very rare. Dry eye is the most commonly seen complication after LASIK procedure. However, most of the patients who will undergo LASIK eye surgery have already had dry eye condition due to using contact lenses before they have the surgery done. Fortunately, eye surgeons make a lot of evaluation tests to help treat this condition before and after LASIK eye surgery. These tests are wide-ranged and include Schirmer test, MMP-9 testing, tear breakup time testing and eye imaging.
How Much Does LASIK Cost?
LASIK surgery cost can change from $300 per eye to up to $6,000. It is unfortunately not covered by health insurance because the surgery is generally considered to be a cosmetic or elective surgery. The cost of LASIK surgery changes widely depending on several factors. The eye surgeon you choose will affect the price greatly. The more your surgeon has expertise and reputation, the more the price will be high. The technology that your surgeon uses may increase the cost because Bladeless LASIK surgery and Wavefront technologies are more expensive than other laser eye surgery techniques. Finally, geographical location of the eye hospital you have the surgery plays an important role in determining the price. For example, LASIK cost in Turkey or LASIK cost in India is likely to be less than LASIK cost in usa. You may also get a free quote, compare the clinics and choose the best one for you from our website.