January 1, 2011
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition that hundreds of thousands suffer from the world over. Traditionally, the remedy for this ocular obstacle has been wearing either contacts or eyeglasses, but keeping your prescription up to date and caring for these accessories is a hassle that many simply do not have the time or patience to go through every day. Luckily, recent medical advances have led to the development of a safe and effective myopia correction surgery.
The newly formulated LASIK (Laser Assisted in situ Keratomileusis) method is the safest and most effective corrective surgery for myopia there is, and is applicable to more than 90% of all cases of myopia, making it the most widely used technique around the world. The most common myopia cause is an irregularly shaped cornea which refracts light improperly onto the retina behind it, resulting in losing focus on faraway objects. The LASIK method employs a laser to redefine the curvature of your cornea, sculpting it in the shape that will best focus images onto your retina.
You may be wondering if LASIK is right for you. Though the majority of people suffering from myopia problems will benefit from this treatment, people over the age of 40 may not be satisfied with the results of operation, as presbyopia has likely already begun to set in. You will not be cured of your myopia immediately after the surgery, as your eyes need time to heal from the procedure. During this time you will need to refrain from using your previous seeing-aids, as they could hinder the proper healing of your eyes that is crucial to crush myopia once and for all. A LASIK operation is only possible if the myopia has stabilized at under 10 diopters. Keep in mind that the eyes continue to grow and develop with the rest of your body, so myopia will usually stabilize when you reach 18-20 years of age.
What is likely on your mind at this point is whether or not LASIK is safe. It is certainly one of the safer surgical practices being performed throughout the world but it still has its risks. About 1 out of every 100 surgeries results in a complication. These complications are usually easily remedied, and it is very rare that a serious complication comes to bear through the surgical process. So as long as you have a trusted and skilled surgeon performing LASIK on your eyes, the chances that something could go awry are very slim indeed.