Thinking of going for a LASIK surgery? Let’s talk about some of the important information about LASIK surgery that you might not have heard about! Hopefully these information will be able to help you make an informed decision!
Not everyone is suitable for LASIK
Not everyone is suitable for LASIK. Yes, even though you have set your mind to undergo LASIK, you might be rejected for LASIK surgery. There are criterias that one must satisfy in order to be a good candidate for LASIK. For example, your cornea has to be of a certain thickness and you do not have any underlying eye conditions that might prevent you to undergo LASIK. These are some of the things that your surgeon will check before you are cleared for surgery.
LASIK is actually more suitable for people who do not have an active lifestyle. A LASIK procedure requires a corneal flap to be made. This corneal flap carries a disadvantage, which is the possibility of a corneal flap dislodgement. This is the fancy name for a situation where the corneal flap goes out of its designated position due to pressure or physical impact. If this happens, you will need to immediately go to your surgeon to get a follow-up procedure. So if you lead an active lifestyle, a laser vision procedures that doesn’t require corneal flap such as TransPRK might be more suitable for you. Other advantages of TransPRK is that since it doesn’t require corneal flap, people with thin cornea who got rejected from LASIK might still be a suitable candidate for a surface based procedures such as TransPRK.
There’s the possibility of under or over correction
It’s so important to remember that any surgery comes with risk. Under and over correction are one of the potential risks of laser vision correction surgeries such as LASIK. Therefore it is important to choose a reputable LASIK surgeon with a good track record to minimize the risk of under or over correction.
It is also good to remember that it might take some time for your vision to fully heal. So, before you start worrying about your LASIK results, take a deep breath and consult your doctor. It’s possible that you just need to give your eyes more time to heal to see the full result of your LASIK surgery.
You might experience side effects
Any surgery comes with the possibility of experiencing side effects. Some of the possible side effects from LASIK surgeries are:
- Dry eyes
- Seeing halos or glares in the vision
- Difficultly seeing clearly at night
There are still other side effects other than what was mentioned in the list. Fortunately, many patients who experienced side effects claim that the side effects gradually disappear as the healing progresses. However, there are patients who complains about having a permanent side effects from LASIK surgeries. Be sure to ask your surgeon about your chances of experiencing side effects related to your particular eye condition.
The corneal flap created during LASIK surgery is permanent
LASIK surgery results is permanent, so does the corneal flap that was created during the surgery. The corneal flap created during LASIK surgery will never be able to merge completely with your eyes again. That’s one of the reason why it is very important to follow the post-op guidelines to reduce the risk of corneal flap related complications. If you are careful to follow what your doctor suggests, you are most likely going to avoid injuries and infections to your healing eyes.
Hopefully, the information presented above can help you to learn more about LASIK surgery! Or even serves a starting point of your LASIK research. Be sure to do an extensive research about LASIK prior to your surgery so that you will be able to make an informed decision!