or Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a type
of refractive laser eye surgery performed by ophthalmologists for
correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The procedure is
generally preferred to photorefractive keratectomy, PRK, (also called
ASA, Advanced Surface Ablation) because it requires less time for the
patient's recovery, and the patient feels less pain overall. However,
there are instances where a PRK/ASA procedure is medically justified as
being a better alternative to LASIK.
Many patients choose LASIK as an alternative to wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
My Intralasik Experience
I wanted to investigate Lasik vision correction for myself, and found that there were several options. After talking it over with a great Lasik physician, I decided on using bladeless Lasik, or Intralasik, or Intralase. I cannot say that I decided that for any great technical reasons, mine were mainly psychological.
The advantage of Intralasik over a traditional Lasik procedure is that a laser is used to make a flap in the eye. Every Lasik procedure needs to make a flap in order for the excimer laser to be able to reshape the corner. In traditional Lasik, the flap is made with a microkeratome, which is "a very small blade, not a scalpel".
Well, maybe to you. Somehow, even though both the laser and the blade made the same flap, the idea of someone taking a sharp object to..... well, you get the picture.
In addition (though there is a lot of argument and debate over this) using a laser to make the flap might (let me emphasize might to be fair to everyone) make the Lasik procedure have less chance of getting other cells underneath the flap.
I don't really understand all of the Lasik arguments with regard to this, but I think you should discuss the various Lasik options with the physician. They do vary in cost also.
Before I talk about the procedure itself, let me give a bird's eye view of myself as a Lasik candidate. In short, spectacular! Seriously, all of the items for a good Lasik candidate could describe me: a healthy guy in my mid-thirties, with moderate nearsightedness and slight astigmatism, with good results on all eye exam tests (thick cornea, no eye scarring or infections, etc.).
I did visit two different Lasik surgeons to get their independent opinions of me as a candidate, and also their description of their services. One of the Lasik surgeons is on the staff at the medical college in a nearby major metropolitan center, so I was pretty assured that their opinions were valid.
day of the Lasik surgery I came in, paid my first payment for the
procedure, and had my eye prescription rechecked. I was given
post-procedure instructions on eye drops, no exercising (yeah!), and to
go to sleep after the Lasik procedure. I was given a relaxant, and the
Lasik physician and I went to the surgery suite.
The chair has padded pillows to rest and restrict head movement, and a teddy bear to hold if I wanted it. There was a clamp to hold my eyes open, and a suction ring, and then my vision in that eye went a bit dim. The first Lasik laser made the flap, and I focused on a small light while the other laser made the cornea changes. This took less than thirty seconds, or so I was told.
Mainly I was aware of clicking noises and some pressure, but no pain or real discomfort. After the eye flaps were put back in place, I rested in a recliner for about 20 minutes. I could see more clearly immediately after the Lasik operation was over, but was told not to try and test my eyes for a number of days, and rather concentrate on getting them healthy and healed.
I am surprised and immensely pleased it went so easily, well, and pain free. I would recommend this type of Lasik procedure to anyone.
More ArticlesChoosing A Good Lasik Surgeon
... important, and a number of people travel long distances to have the Lasik procedure done, for a truly professional doctor will only need to be visited two or three times. Also, cost or the type of Lasik technology used should not be the sole factor. The range in surgical skill for a Lasik operation does ...
... step in having the best care after a Lasik procedure is to understand exactly what is directed by the Lasik physician. The prospective Lasik patient should be given a good understanding of the entire process when they first visit a Lasik center to interview the physician and the staff. On the day of the ...
... after the Lasik procedure. The only thing I could figure out was that she wasn't actually getting a Lasik procedure, but no one else is there at 6:30 AM. Her dominating and withering look made me decide that any pre-Lasik conversation with her was better left unsaid. I was probably the fourth person escorted ...
... patients get or keep exactly 20/20 vision, there is a vast improvement in the Lasik client's vision and dependence on corrective eyewear. The two most important factors under the patient's control is the choice of the physician and good post-operative care. After visiting a few physicians or clinics that ...
... temporary blurring of objects in the distance, but this will resolve itself. If this condition remains for more than a few days, the Lasik physician can recommend and prescribe temporary glasses until vision is stabilized. These are all typical post-operative recommends for a Lasik patient, in order to ...
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