There are different eye problems that people may encounter throughout their lives. They can experience nearsightedness, also known as myopia, farsightedness also called hyperopia, or astigmatism. These medical conditions can be corrected by Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis also known as LASIK surgery.
LASIK is a procedure where a femtosecond laser or a microkeratome blade is used to create a thin flap in the cornea. This is intended to improve the visual acuity of the patient. In most cases, LASIK can be a permanent alternative to contact lenses and eyeglasses.
A person who wants to undergo a LASIK surgery must consider the following:
1. He must go and visit his ophthalmologist to have his eye check up. There, he will have to undergo several tests to determine if he really needs a LASIK surgery. He must be properly informed of the possible risks and benefits that he can get from the laser surgery.
In most cases, elders are not recommended to undergo this kind of surgery because of their low immune system.
2. He must check different health establishments performing LASIK surgery. He can ask his friends, colleagues or relatives who have undergone the same procedure for recommendations in choosing the best medical institution that have the latest technology and equipment in conducting LASIK surgery. He can also ask for feedback on how these health establishments are treating their patients.
3. He must have a list of different surgeons to select from. It is important for him to assess the surgeons’ qualifications and experience to be able to select the best one for his situation. This is very important before making his final decision. After the surgeon is selected, he must consult his doctor and ask the details about the procedures of the surgery. There, he can ask his surgeon about the activities he must avoid before and after the operation. He can also ask for tips on how he can better take care of his eyes.
Normally, the patients who are using soft contact lenses are advised to stop using it 5 to 21 days before the actual operation, while those who are using hard contact lenses are advised to stop wearing it for 6 weeks.
To get the optimal results of the surgery, the patient must be able select the best surgeon and follow his advice accordingly. Best LASIK surgery procedures can be found once the patient is able to critically select his surgeon and health institution. This can help him make a sound decision. More importantly, he must carefully weigh the risks and benefits of the surgery based on his own value system.
Our eyes are considered the windows to our soul. It must be well taken care of.