Thursday, August 21, 2008


With the advancement of technology today, eye surgeons are now better equipped to provide medical eye treatment to their patients through the use of LASIK. So you might ask, what is LASIK ? Lasik is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure today which helps improve eye focusing power and enhances patients visual acuity. LASIK is actually short for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis." .

Why is it so popular? Its because LASIK has the advantages over other procedures, including a relative lack of pain after the surgery and the fact that good vision is usually achieved. This would mean that those who are nearsighted, farsighted or with astigmatism can now eliminate or reduce their dependency on wearing their contact lenses or thick eyeglasses. They could immediately enjoy the freedom of clear vision at all times and could even engage in sports activities.

Is LASIK for you then ? To determine whether LASIK is right for you, you should have a thorough eye examination from a qualified eye care professional, including several eye assessments such as measurements of corneal thickness, corneal topography and pupil size etc. These assessments will help determine whether or not you are a right candidate for LASIK. During your examination and consultation, you may discover factors of which you were unaware at the time you took this test, which make you a poorer, or a better, LASIK candidate.

If you are considering LASIK and worried that something could go wrong, you might take comfort in knowing that it's extremely rare for complications from this procedure to cause permanent, significant vision loss. Also, many complications can be resolved through re-treatment or enhancements of the eye.

Selecting the right eye surgeon probably is the single most important step you can take to decrease any risks associated with LASIK. An experienced, reputable surgeon will make sure you are properly screened to let you know up front if you aren't a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.

For a range of LASIK information please visit Eye Surgery Education Council.

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