Whether you have spent a lifetime wearing glasses or have recently been diagnosed with a condition that will require you to wear corrective lenses, you may wish to consider LASIK treatment. LASIK is a laser-assisted surgery that is designed to reduce or eliminate dependence on prescription glasses or contact lenses for healthy and normal vision.
Useful in correcting myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism, LASIK treatment works by altering the shape or size of the cornea. The procedure was first patented in the United States in 1989 and has since been practiced with great success. During the procedure the patient is awake, however a mild sedative is often given and antiseptic eye drops are used to guard against infection. During the procedure thin flap is created and folded back to exposes the tissue beneath which is then remodeled using a laser. The flap is then repositioned and heals naturally.
The satisfaction rate for LASIK surgery is well over 90% and the popularity of this treatment continues to grow. There is a risk of complications that can result in visual side effects, overcorrection and undercorrection. Due to the risk factors, it is important to work closely with your ophthalmologist to determine if this procedure is right for you.
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