LASIK Laser Eye Surgery: Advantages & Disadvantages
LASIK, laser in-situ keratomileusis, is the most common surgery in practice to correct eye problems such as people with astigmatism, nearsighted, or farsighted.
All laser surgeries are done by reshaping the cornea, so that light hitting through it is properly focused onto the retina present in the back of the eye. LASIK is one of the various surgical techniques use to restructure the cornea.
Who is eligible for laser eye surgery?
Not everyone with vision problem is an eligible candidate to undergo laser eye surgery. Some conditions and anatomical factors can intensify the risks related to the laser surgery or reduce optimal laser eye surgery results. You may not be eligible for laser eye surgery due to the given factors:
- Dry eyes
- Too thin or irregularly shaped corneas
- Heightened refractive error
- Unstable vision
- Physiological factors such as pregnancy
- Age limitations (should be 18 or above)
- Having degenerative disorders
- Laser surgery complications and side effects.
Advantages of LASIK eye surgery
LASIK eye surgery has many benefits such as:'
- It corrects vision. Nearly 96% of patients get their desired vision LASIK eye surgery.
- Cause a very little pain due to the usage of numbing drops during the procedure.
- The outcome is immediate or the next day after LASIK.
- Stitches or bandages free surgery.
- Adjustments can be made even years after LASIK.
- Dependence on eyeglasses or contact lens reduces or no longer need after LASIK.
Disadvantages of LASIK eye surgery
Just like with any medical procedure, there are complications associated with this as well. Some of the disadvantages to LASIK include:
- It is technically complex surgery. Go to a surgeon who is experienced in performing these surgeries.
- Rarely, it can also lead to loss of “best” vision.
- Difficulty in driving at night.
- Dry eyes.
- Seeing halos around images.
- Unstable vision.