Most people depend heavily on their eyesight. If you have ever tried to do even a simple task in a completely dark room, you probably understand how difficult it would be to not have your sight. It can also be difficult when you start to lose your sight and it becomes difficult to see or read as you once were able to. While glasses and contacts have been able to help improve vision, it can be difficult to always have to worry about having glasses or contacts. That is why many people choose to get LASIK eye surgery in order to correct the problem. Before deciding to get the surgery, it is important to know some of the advantages and possible side effects of the surgery.
Benefits of LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, which reshapes the cornea of the eye in order to direct light to the proper place on the retina of the eye. LASIK is a very successful surgery. 90% of patients have their vision corrected to their desired degree after the procedure. It is also a relatively painless surgery with a quick recovery time and almost immediate results. Adjustments can also be made to the surgery further down the road to make eyesight even better. While some patients might still have to depend on glasses or contacts for some tasks, it generally cuts the dependency down by a wide margin and may even get rid of the need for contacts or glasses altogether.
Cautions and Side Effects
There are some cautions you should consider when thinking about LASIK surgery. The changes made to the cornea after LASIK and permanent and cannot be reversed. This means that if a mistake is made, it can affect your vision negatively for the rest of your life. Other rare side effects might include experiencing a glare, having dry eyes, finding it difficult to drive at night, and seeing halos surrounding images. Talk to your optometrist about whether or not LASIK eye surgery might benefit you and how to best prepare for the surgery if you desire it.