Making up your mind about eye surgery? This super article on
Lasik will help you decide.
Is LASIK Right for Me?
The subject of LASIK is a very interesting one. There is a
lot to investigate and understand about the process of getting your vision
corrected through laser surgery. I hope this article helps to point you where
you need to go to do the best research. There are both pros and cons to consider
before submitting to this type of surgery.
First, if you are already firmly set in your decision to have LASIK, read
1. Make sure you go to a doctor who uses the new Interlase laser for making
the corneal flap.
Why? Because the Interlase is 100 times more precise than the "old fashioned"
method of using a microkeratome to cut the initial flap. Many speculate that
most of the problems that come from LASIK surgery have been due to the
impreciseness of the microkeratome device used to cut the cornea.
2. Most definitely insist on a custom wavefront laser to do the actual
reshaping of the cornea.
Why? Because the custom wavefront can get rid of what is called higher order
What does this mean to you? It means much sharper vision after the surgery
and a significantly reduced chance of having halos, starburst and other
"complications" from LASIK.
Repeating: Make sure you go to a surgeon who is using both Interlase and
Custom Wavefront technology to do LASIK surgery. Relatively few practices have
these new technologies. Consider that surgeons who invest in these technologies
may have more of your interests at heart.
One of the top 5 LASIK surgeons lives in Kansas City. Check out his site:
durrievision.com Look at the
information on his site including the videos where he explains what LASIK is all
about. Compare your perspective surgeons website to his and you may detect a
Next, you should be aware of the potential problems of LASIK surgery as you
review www.surgicaleyes.com - you may find that these horror stories came from
procedures that didnt use interlase and custom wavefront technology together.
See-there is a reason to go with the newer technologies. You can email the
people on this site and ask them questions about their procedures and the
complications that they faced or are still facing.
One of the problems with LASIK, has been the LASIK 20/20 phenomenon. Some
people do technically see 20/20 after the procedure but it is not normal.
Instead, it is hazy or blurred. This is probably due to the higher order
aberrations mentioned earlier. That is why it is important to get custom LASIK
done. The custom wave front lasers can remove those aberrations, hopefully
allowing you avoid the LASIK 20/20 phenomenon.
If your doctor says that you dont need the custom treatment, I would ask him
if he has a custom wave front machine. There may be a few legitimate reasons to
not have the custom procedure done, but I seriously doubt there are many.
If he doesnt have such a machine, I would wonder if his recommendation is
based on the best thing for you as the patient. It always pays to get a second
opinion anyway and in this case, you should.
These are your eyes that we are talking about and you owe it to yourself to
get educated on every aspect of this surgery before undergoing treatment. The
surgical eyes web site mentioned above is worth investigating. You need to know
what could go wrong and how to choose a doctor and equipment that will allow you
to avoid problems.
I will say it again. Try to go with Interlase to cut the corneal flap and try
to go with a custom wavefront laser to reduce your risk of complications! I
cannot stress this enough.
I went through a screening process to get LASIK done and was categorized as
an excellent candidate. They even wanted me to participate in a study program
that would save me about $600. I still turned it down. In the end, I decided
that I didnt want to get my eyes lasered.
Of course, there is something to be said about not wearing glasses or
contacts anymore and there are many happy patients out there. I just want you to
be aware of both the pros and the cons.
Do you really need to have LASIK done? I think its worth it to investigate
natural vision therapy and see what you can do about correcting your vision
naturally before permanently etching your current prescription into your cornea.
Many people have gotten results from vision therapy. A few have even gotten
rid of their glasses and /or contacts forever. An industry insider has informed
me that this does happen but not very often.
There are a couple of books to check out on natural vision improvement if you
are interested in that alternative. Relearning to See by Thomas Quakenbush is
one that comes to mind.
The original pioneer in vision improvement was Dr. Bates. He was an early
20th century ophthalmologist who really stuck his neck out to go against the
prevailing theories of the day (that still persist). Many of the people who he
helped were very grateful, Im sure.
I have dabbled with naturally improving my vision. I have experienced a
decrease of tension, but I have not recovered 20/20 vision. This type of
improvement does take work and determination.
That is why there is LASIK today; everyone is different in their wishes and
expectations. If you are in a hurry and you dont mind the permanent etching of a
prescription in your cornea, LASIK might be for you.
I hope this helps you on your quest to learn more about LASIK Surgery and
point you in the right directions to gain more information so that you can make
an informed decision before deciding to undergo this often expensive elective
This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose
or suggest treatment for any health condition. Please consult a health care
professional if you have or suspect you have any health related problem for
proper diagnoses and treatment
Dave Snape is a health, fitness and wellness enthusiast. His website is
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/