Going Under the Laser: Thinking about Laser Eye Surgery

Very few people today can claim that they don’t use contact lenses or glasses. Brainstatistics.com notes that 75 percent of the American population (225 million people) use some form of corrective lens. Yet others are diagnosed as needing corrective lenses, but they choose not wear them for fear of inconvenience or cost.

Indeed, both contacts and glasses come with their pro and cons. Whether it is cleaning contacts regularly, taking time to enter them in the morning, or taking them out at night, contacts can be a nuisance. Likewise, trying to keep track of glasses can be a chore (also see What to Do With Your Old Glasses After Lasik Surgery). Many people have wondered whether there’s an easier way to see clearly, one that doesn’t disrupt their daily lives.

A new option has surfaced: laser eye surgery. This form of correction has shown tremendous effectiveness at correcting vision problems. According to the FDA, doctors reviewed patients over a course of 1, 3, and 6 months, and it was shown that the surgery improved 92% percent of the eyes by 20/20 or higher. Based on the high success rates, many are casting their glasses and contacts aside and turning to laser eye surgery, or Lasik.

Lasik is an elective surgery that can greatly improve eye health, but it’s not for everyone. Lasik surgery is for individuals with nearsighted vision, difficulty seeing objects in the distance, and astigmatism (unclear vision). The ultimate goal is to help a person’s eyes focus more clearly on objects in the distance. This means that despite the clarity from the surgery, an individual may still need glasses or contact lenses to see objects closer to his or her face.

The surgery requires an incision on the cornea, the top clear layer of the eye, and for a laser to pulse UV rays into the eye. Its side effects include slight pain and discomfort for at least seven days after the surgery. There is no one who can give better information about this option than a medical professional, and one can visit an eye clinic in Singapore to find out more.

The first step to considering laser eye surgery is to find out costs of Lasik @lasiksurgery.sg. A doctor can help to assess if Lasik is the right choice, and whether it fits within an individual’s budget. Taking the time to have a few consultations with more than one doctor about your overall eye health is a good step to help determine who is a good candidate for the procedure.


Lasik Surgery Infographic