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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Lasik Surgery
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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Lasik Surgery

Having perfect eyesight is a dream of most contact lens and glasses wearers. Lasik surgery has become an option and available to the masses in the past ten years or so. At first, Lasik was only available to those that were nearsighted, now it is available to those farsighted also. The dream to rid themselves of glasses and contacts with quick and perfect vision is now a reality, or is it?

As with any procedure that is done to the human body, Lasik eye surgery does have side effects and complications that are possible, up to and including total loss of the cornea and vision. Most commonly, the side effects are minimal. Let’s explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of Lasik surgery. The old type of surgery was called PRK, for Photorefractive Keratotomy. PRK had many successes and a few failures. PRK was well known for leaving corneas unshapely resulting in astigmatisms. PRK was a bit more painful than the current Lasik procedures and was only available to the nearsighted. To the present day Lasik, PRK seemed a bit barbaric.

Disadvantages:

  • Lasik surgery is permanent. Any damage that may be done during Lasik is permanent and cannot be undone.
  • If performed prior to middle age, Lasik may need to be redone, or the person may need glasses for reading.
  • Night vision problems are common and can include halos, lights appearing with strings or choppy, glare.
  • Dry eye can be a permanent problem.
  • The procedure is costly.
  • Regression of sight back to the way it was before Lasik.

Advantages:

  • The procedure is done in less than a few minutes with minor sedation.
  • The resulting 20/20 vision is apparent within 24 hours.
  • Glasses are unnecessary for most.
  • No losing glasses or contacts, only sunglasses are needed.
  • When waking in the morning or in any instance, eyesight is perfect.
  • Can be done on nearsighted and farsighted individuals.

When looking at the advantages and disadvantages of Lasik surgery, most people tend to look at the advantages and not needing glasses or contacts anymore. Even though the side effects are mostly limited to a select few, when they do occur, they can be very bothersome. A few instances exist that the side effects were far more costly to the person than the surgery was worth. The long and short of the issue is to really think about whether the potential side effects are really worth the investment of time and money to have the Lasik surgery. Ask friends and acquaintances that have had the procedure and decide whether Lasik surgery is what you want to have.


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