LASIK Eye Surgery - Your Questions Answered - Part 3

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 9-Nov-2012

photodune-1923185-eye-xsPart three of a three-part series answering the most frequently asked questions about LASIK eye surgery.

The decision to undergolaser eye surgery is not one to take lightly. The human eyes are extremely intricate and very delicate. Your vision is essential to quality of life. WhileLASIK eye surgery has been tested and performed successfully millions of times over the past 15 years, it’s important to have all of your questions answered before you commit to going under the laser.

LASIK stands for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, and is a vision correction surgery used to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Laser eye surgery corrects vision by reshaping the cornea of the eye so light is properly focused on the retina, providing clear vision. LASIK is just one form of laser vision correction surgery.

Do you have questions about LASIK? You aren’t alone. Prior to undergoing LASIK eye surgery, it’s important to understand risks associated with eye surgery, alternative treatment options and any fees you will incur from the surgery.

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK eye surgery:

What risks are involved with LASIK eye surgery?
The most common side effects following LASIK eye surgery are glare from bright lights, halos, light sensitivity, night driving glare and visual fluctuation. Every case is different, and your doctor will discuss your individual risks at the time of your consultation. The laser used during surgery can make a difference in risks and results. Key-Whitman doctors perform LASIK eye surgery using the Wavelight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q treatment because they feel it provides safety with superior results. You can read more about risks and benefits of this treatmenthere.

What is the success rate of LASIK?
Laser eye surgery is used to improve vision, but perfect vision cannot be guaranteed. A far majority of patients will achieve their desired vision following LASIK and millions of patients have undergone LASIK eye surgery with minimal or no complications, but all LASIK patients will require the use of reading glasses as they age. It is possible to undergo further correction to your vision following LASIK eye surgery.

Are there any alternative treatment options?

LASIK is not the only option for refractive surgery, but it is the most common. Alternatives to LASIK include:

o PRK (also called LASEK or Advanced Surface Ablation). Without making a flap, the cornea is re-shaped by removing a microscopic layer of tissue. The reshaping allows light rays to bend and focus for improved vision.

o The Vision ICL (Implantable Collamer® Lens) is another option for treating myopia (nearsightedness). The Visian ICL is a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) used during refractive surgery for correcting myopia. The ICL is placed between the iris and the natural lens. Because the phakic IOL does not replace the lens, but supplements it like a prescription contact lens, it is sometimes referred to as an implantable contact lens.

During your consultation ask the doctor if LASIK is the best option to treat your vision. There may be alternative treatments available that would better treat your vision problems.

What fees are associated with LASIK?
Before committing to any medical procedure, it’s important to know what your out of pocket fees will be. Key-Whitman offers patients package options. The fee for each package is a comprehensive charge, which includes all preoperative measurements and examinations, surgical and facility costs, postoperative care and enhancement procedures are included in the fee coinciding with the terms of the package selected.

LASIK eye surgery is not for everyone, but millions of patients have undergone successful vision correction surgery with LASIK. To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact Key-Whitman toschedule a free consultation.

Do you have other questions about LASIK? Ask us in the comments below, or on ourFacebook Page!

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