After 18 years, LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) remains a highly recommended, effective and safe corrective procedure for the eyes. Although there are long-term issues observed in some cases, the overall prognosis of patients is favourable.
This is evident with the current status of people who were first to undergo the procedure almost two decades ago. Today, studies reveal patients still enjoy the accuracy of vision and healthy corneas.
How the procedure corrects visual problems
The main objective of this type of eye surgery is to change the shape of the cornea permanently. Common eye problems, such as myopia (near-sightedness) and presbyopia (farsightedness), are due to distortions and inconsistencies in the corneal surface. During surgery, a laser beam is used to correct the corneal curvature. According to aies.com.au, patients can immediately see after the operation.
Wavefront LASIK eye surgery is one of the latest incarnations of the procedure. It is a more advanced and highly customised laser eye surgery utilising a pair of powerful lasers. Celebrities and elite sports personalities are particularly drawn to this procedure because of its precision.
Are you a candidate?
Correcting vision with laser surgery is not a solution for everyone with eye problems. There are certain categories to fulfil before you can be a candidate for the procedure. If you have complete understanding of the risks associated with the surgery, and have no concomitant medical condition, then you may get the treatment.
You must also be wearing corrective contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses for two years or more. Furthermore, you must be over18 years old, have a common visual problem and a cornea thick enough for the procedure’s requirements. Lastly, you must have realistic expectations of the outcomes of the surgery.
Many years have gone by since the very first patients went through LASIK surgery. While it proved itself effective in correcting vision problems due to corneal distortion, the latest procedures are even more advanced and offer better results.