Lasik eye surgery is a surgery that is performed in order to correct vision in those who have astigmatism or those who are nearsighted, or farsighted. Basically the lasik surgery works by reshaping the cornea of your eye. The cornea is the clear front part of the eye. The lasik surgery reshapes the cornea so that light traveling through is properly focused on the back part of the eye called the retina. Lasik surgery is just one of the many surgical ways the cornea can be reshaped.
The lasik surgery involves a limited amount of pain, and about 80% of those who receive lasik surgery will have their desired vision afterwards. Your vision is corrected immediately or the day after you have the surgery. After having a lasik eye surgery you will most likely no longer need to wear glasses or contacts. Another plus is that adjustments can be made years after the surgery has been performed.
There are a few side effects that come with lasik eye surgery. Unlike laser hair removal side effects, which usually only leaves swelling or maybe a few scars; eye surgery side effects could, in rare cases, be more dangerous.
Side effects of Lasik eye surgery include:
- Seeing things like halos around images
- Having a hard time driving at night
- Fluctuating vision
- Dry eyes
- Loss of “best” vision
- Night blindness
- Problems during the surgery could permanently affect your vision
- The changes made to the cornea cannot be undone
Best vision is the highest level of vision you have or have gotten using glasses and or contacts. If you are planning on going through a lasik eye surgery these are some things you should expect: you will meet with your surgeon, your medical history will be looked over and evaluated, your eyes will be tested, and you will be able to ask questions about the procedure and anything else before setting up the appointment for the actual procedure.
If you are not feeling well the day of the surgery, call you doctor to be sure it is ok for you to continue with the procedure, otherwise the surgery will need to be postponed. Do not wear eye makeup when you go in for the surgery. If you wear rigid contact lenses, then starting three weeks before the surgery do not wear them. Other types of contact lenses should not be worn three days before the surgery.