LASIK vision correction, considered the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S., has helped more than 20 million Americans see clearly since it was first performed in the U.S. over two decades ago. The procedure has been especially popular with those who enjoy an active lifestyle as it reduces or eliminates the need for glasses and contact lenses. But is it right for you?
To begin, it is important to understand how LASIK works. A refractive error is an error in the focusing of light by the eye and commonly causes a blurred or distorted image. During the LASIK procedure a laser is used to gently reshape the cornea so light entering the eye properly lands on the retina, resulting in a clear image. LASIK can correct most people with myopia (nearsighted), hyperopia (farsighted) and astigmatism. While the majority of people with refractive errors are candidates for LASIK, approximately 20% are not.
LASIK is an attractive option for those who live an active life such as athletes, pilots and servicemen and women. Certain individuals such as pilots and those in the military were previously unable to have LASIK due to the potential risk of a post-operative complication. The advancements in technology used today have greatly reduced the risks associated with the procedure and have lain to rest previous concerns.
There are, however some post-operative guidelines that must be followed to ensure a good outcome. The first and most important is to rest following the procedure. Rest allows the eyes to heal more quickly and minimizes the discomfort initially felt following the procedure. Certain activities such as exercise, using hot tubs and swimming must be avoided for one week following LASIK. Contact sports must also be avoided, although for two weeks following the procedure. In addition, pilots are required to discontinue flying until the vision has stabilized and confirmation of FAA visual requirements has been met.
LASIK vision correction has improved the quality of life of millions of people who enjoy an active lifestyle. As with any medical procedure, there are risks so it is important to choose an experienced LASIK surgeon who has your best interests in mind.
If you are interested in learning more about LASIK or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Raleigh Eye Center today.