While the field of medicine is always developing new techniques to treat a range of conditions, recent developments in the visual correction field enable the majority of people who suffer with near or farsightedness to have their vision corrected with a painless laser treatment called LASIK. The full name for this revolutionary eye treatment is Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), which is a form of refractive eye treatment that can correct a person’s sight by reshaping the cornea.
The role of the cornea is to reflect light onto the retina, which gives you clear vision, and very often, the shape of the cornea changes over the years, and this has a negative effect on sight. If, for example, the cornea is too flat, the procedure would reshape the cornea to the right form, or perhaps the cornea is too built up, and the LASIK treatment is used to smooth down the cornea to the desired contour. Of course, this can only be done using state of the art equipment, which only a leading eye specialist would have, and before any treatment, the specialist must carry out a number of tests, and with a thorough examination of both eyes, the surgeon uses a special instrument to map the entire surface of the cornea, and providing the patient’s eyes are in good health, and the issue is treatable using LASIK technology, the eye specialist would make a treatment recommendation. There are very experienced San Antonio LASIK specialists, and making contact is easy with an online search, and after an introductory examination, you will very quickly know your options regarding treatment.
Our eyes have a very thin coating over the cornea, and with previous laser surgery, this was completely removed prior to removing the excess cornea tissue, and while this cover will rebuild itself over a few days, recovery takes time. LASIK, on the other hand, does not remove this thin layer, but rather it leaves a flap on one side, and after the corneal tissue is removed, the outer coating is replaced, which makes for a much quicker recovery.
Initial Eye Examination
The only way for an eye specialist to determine whether or not your condition can be treated using the LASIK treatment is to carry out an eye inspection. Should it be possible, the eyes must be in good health, and any condition, such as dry eye, or cataracts, might mean the treatment cannot be carried out. When a person is looking for corrective vision treatment, they should research all the possible treatments, and also be realistic regarding outcomes. The eye specialist would be able to give you an accurate assessment of each treatment option and would help you to make the right decision.
The great thing about LASIK treatment is that it is completed within minutes, and is completely painless, thanks to a few drops of local anaesthetic, and as the laser is computer controlled to very precise measurements, accuracy is assured. It is normal to experience a few days of minor discomfort, and your eyesight might be a little blurred for an hour or two after the operation, so don’t plan on driving home.
It only takes a few minutes to correct vision that has been causing visual impairment for years, and rather than relying on corrective eye glasses or contact lenses, it is now possible to directly manipulate the shape of the cornea to facilitate perfect eyesight.