Taking care of our eyes something that should be at the top of our routine list. We see the world and experience it for the first time with eyes. Our activities of daily living are highly dependent on how we visually perceive the world around us. We know where the soap is because we can see it. We are able to quickly brush our teeth because we can see where both our hands are and therefore able to effectively coordinate the movement of these hands when putting toothpaste on the toothbrush. We are able to drive safely and efficiently to work because we are able to see incoming cars and traffic signs. We have a lot to thank for because of our eyes.
Unfortunately, there are some of us who fall prey to various visual impairments. There are those who can perfectly see objects that are near them, but are unable to things at a distance. There are also some who are the opposite. They can see things clearly from a specific distance, but when they get near to an object things begin to blur. Medical science have long found a solution to this problem.
The invention of glasses and contact lenses have solved this problem. By affixing a glass apparatus that is concaved at just the right angle and arc, experts have found a way to improve the focusing of light that enters the eye and thus improving the picture that our mind can conceive through our eyes. The thing is, these kinds of treatment modality require you to wear glasses indefinitely. The only time you will be removing the glasses from your eyes is when you go to sleep or take a bath. That is why scientists have further developed newer methodologies in treating visual problems.
They have found ways on how to permanently fix the anatomic problem that is causing the visual impairment in the first place. These methodologies are collectively called Refractive Surgery. Refractive surgery is a classification of surgical procedures that are for the sole purpose of fixing common ocular problems such as myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatisms. If you are looking for a way to permanently fix the difficulties you are having with your sight and are hoping for something that will not make you wear spectacles, refractive surgery is the best choice for you.
There are several kinds of refractive surgeries. One of them is LASIK, more commonly called ‘laser surgery’. This is actually the most popular among the different types. The medical name of LASIK is actually “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusi”. Here, the cornea’s curvature is altered so that light coming in will be better focused in the retina. The procedure is actually very fast. It can take less than 20 minutes and you generally will fell no pain. Is it safe? What are the complications that may arise?
- Short-term pain and visual disturbances – this is actually a normal effect after the surgery. This normally disappears in half a year.
- Flap complications – if the LASIK flap (the flap made during surgery so that the surgeon can maneuver inside the eye) is improperly placed back at the end of the surgery, this can cause distorted vision.
Reports of these complications are actually rare. Furthermore, they can be treated by other surgical procedures if they do not disappear naturally.