Just a generation ago, being nearsighted meant resigning oneself to wearing glasses or contact lenses for the rest of one's life. However, glasses and contacts can be expensive, uncomfortable, and cumbersome. Today, Americans have the option to undergo LASIK eye surgery to correct, or at least improve, their vision permanently.
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK is short for Laser in Situ Keratomileusis, a type of elective eye surgery in which a laser is used to reshape the cornea, changing the angle and improving a person's vision. This type of surgery, created in 1991, reduces and can even eliminate the need for contact lenses or eye glasses. Nearly one million Americans have LASIK eye surgery each year. According to Dr. Oz's website, as many as 95 percent of patients who undergo LASIK eye surgery are satisfied with the results.
Benefits of having LASIK eye surgery
1. Little pain associated with the procedure. According to WebMD, most patients report very little pain after surgery.
2. Permanent results. While it takes several months for one's vision to stabilize after LASIK surgery, the results are permanent, often allowing patients to stop wearing their contacts or eyeglasses. Getting rid of eyewear saves money in the long run and improves one's appearance and comfort level.
3. Quick recovery. Since there are no stitches or bandages associated with LASIK eye surgery, the time it takes to recover from this surgery is very short, usually just a few days.
4. Improved peripheral vision. Not only does LASIK surgery improve a person's direct vision, it improves one's peripheral vision. With eye glasses, peripheral vision (vision to the sides) is usually not corrected. Therefore, LASIK can give a person a wider range of vision, improving driving safety among other things.
5. Expanded career opportunities. There are a number of careers that are closed to persons that wear eye glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision. This includes some divisions of the armed forces (such as paratroopers) and lifeguarding. There are also a number of activities that are more difficult or impossible if you wear glasses, such as snorkeling, cycling, and/or skydiving. After LASIK surgery, you can enjoy all of these opportunities.
While LASIK eye surgery might not be the right choice for everyone with vision problems, this type of surgery has very little pain associated with it, offers a quick recovery, and can improve a person's vision permanently, eliminating the need for eye glasses or contacts. For further information, contact a representative from an establishment like Dixie Ophthalmic Specialists at Zion Eye Institute.