Is LASIK Really Worth It?
LASIK is a powerful surgery that can free you from glasses and contacts forever. Whether that sounds life-changing is totally up to you as an individual. Millions of people over the course of LASIK’s history have agreed that LASIK is an amazing choice.
LASIK has an incredible 96% success rate with patients who have had it. That means if you go through with LASIK, odds are you will be living free from glasses for a long time. Keep reading to learn why LASIK will change your life!
What Does LASIK Do to Your Eyes?
The way we see is important to know before you can understand how LASIK works. First, light hits an object.
The light then bounces off of the object into our eyes. It first passes through our corneas, which focuses much of the light. Then it goes through our pupils and into our lenses.
The lenses stretch and adjust themselves to focus the light further. This ensures the lens can go all the way to the back of our eyes and come to a focused point on our retinas.
The retinas sense the light and our brain interprets the data turning it into an image.
That is how vision works in a “normal” eye. Sometimes our eyes are not completely round. A shorter eye will have a flatter cornea, meaning you are nearsighted. This results in light focusing after it hits the retina.
Nearsightedness occurs when the eyeball is too long and the cornea is more pointed. Astigmatism occurs when light focuses onto many points instead of one. With astigmatism, you can also still be nearsighted or farsighted.
LASIK aims to fix refractive errors by reshaping the cornea. Surgeons do this with the use of powerful computer technology that guides the lasers. Thanks to the lasers, the risk of human error is almost entirely eliminated!
The cornea has many layers. During LASIK, the first layer gets opened up with a special laser called a femtosecond laser.
The tissue remains connected so that it forms a sort of “flap”. Using another laser, called an excimer laser, corneal tissue is then removed.
This is in the thick middle layer of the cornea. The flap is then placed back down and recovery begins.
The entire surgery usually takes less than 15 minutes per eye. You never feel a thing because you receive a numbing agent in the form of eye drops.
Is LASIK the Only Choice?
Sometimes LASIK isn’t right for a patient. That doesn’t mean that they are out of luck, though.
There are other surgical options available for those who aren't LASIK candidates.
PRK, for example, is a procedure like LASIK but better for patients with thin corneas. If your corneas are too thin, getting LASIK results in serious complications.
During PRK, there is no flap creation. Instead, part of the top layer of the cornea is entirely removed. The tissue grows back over time, though it somewhat extends the length of recovery.
Wondering if LASIK could be right for you? Do yourself a favor and schedule a LASIK consultation at Metro Eye Care in Paramus, NJ today!