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Eye Surgery: High Tech Tools Yield Amazing Results

Jun 19, 2008
Our eyes are the most central, immediate way that we are connected to the world. There is a widely accepted belief that sight is the privileged sense. Remember how often we use phrases like "A picture is worth a thousand words!" or the habitual "See what I mean?" Consequently, it's not surprising that the very thought of eye surgery frightens most people.

There has been a extensive history of cataract surgery, going back at least as far as ancient Rome, where archaeologists figured out that hollow needles were used to break up cataracts. Happily, treating vision problems with surgery has advanced since its earliest procedures, and the vast majority of eye surgery uses high-tech solutions that painlessly improve the vision of millions of patients.

There are two kinds of procedures commonly used to improve a person's vision, PRK and LASIK. PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy, and is used to configure the cornea, often using a unique type of laser called an excimer laser. This laser generates a kind of UV light that is able to remove tremendously fine layers of material without disrupting the rest of the eye.

LASIK also alters the cornea using the excimer laser, but does so by lifting up a flap and then modifying the inner layers of the cornea. Both of these surgeries are outpatient procedures with very little discomfort and are now considered normal options for correcting eyesight. In fact, LASIK is now the most widespread elective procedure. It is effective, has an unbelievably low level of complications, and since it more often than not takes fifteen minutes or less, is a remarkable time investment for a lifetime of improved vision.

There are many different kinds of eye surgery, but PRK and LASIK are two of the most regular. If you are interested in taking the next step in repairing your vision, you should make a consultation with an ophthalmologist who will have you seeing things in a whole new light.
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