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Los Angeles Lasik Eye Surgery Rises in Popularity

Sep 16, 2008
If you have had to wear glasses or contact lenses for a significant time in your life, you may be holding onto dreams of having crystal clear vision one day and not having to wear any corrective lenses.

If yours is the above situation, then LASIK eye surgery may be the answer to your problems. Today an increasing number of people with poor eyesight are turning to this surgery to correct their vision. In Los Angeles Lasik eye surgery is gaining in popularity for several reasons.

One of the main reasons is the Southern California or LA lifestyle. In a location where you could conceivable wear a swimsuit every day of the year, people are concerned about their appearances. It is also a place where outdoor activities are popular year round. The same is true of a state like Colorado, where lasik is also very popular or at least looked into quite a bit by people trying to better their vision situation.

In Los Angeles, there are also many different vision specialists and doctors who perform the lasik eye surgery. This is partly a result of there being some very good medical schools right in the city--USC and UCLA. For this reason, it is fairly easy to find a good eye doctor who offers the procedure. Or course, whether or not you qualify for the surgery is situational. It totally depends on your needs, the severity of your vision impairment, and your doctor's diagnosis.

It is always safest to consult more than one doctor and get several opinions. Another reason is that there are many people who just do not want to deal with glasses or contact lenses every day of their lives.

One thing to know about lasik eye surgery is that it is not for everyone. Those patients who have what they call "higher order aberrations" will not be helped by the standard lasik eye surgery. LASIK is for a certain level of vision repair.

There is also a procedure called custom wavefront lasik surgery which is a more precise operation that utilizes more technology than the standard type of operation. Wavefront refers to the light that is used to create a map of the eye. The map is then used to create a three dimensional model of the eye, which is used to correct the aberrations in the cornea itself. This procedure is more precise and uses more technology which also means it is more expensive than traditional lasik. This type of laser eye surgery is an option for Angelenos as it becomes more commonplace.

Again, the decision to undergo any surgery is up to you and your doctor. You can read hundreds of articles and think you are a perfect candidate for lasik, but if your vision specialist tells you differently, then the procedure may not be for you. It may not be the right thing for your vision needs--so even though you may be attracted to the fact that you will not have to wear glasses or contact lenses every day, LASIK may not help you at all.

Lasik surgery isn't perfect for everyone who undergoes it by any means. Some people report seeing a "halo effect"--seeing a sort of halo of light for instance around a street light. Others report having itchy eyes. Truly, the results are different for everyone.

Lasik is still very popular in Los Angeles, as it tends to be in large cities that have abundant outdoor activities and a lot of young professionals.
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Chris runs a website with information about Los Angeles lasik eye surgery. Read more about getting lasik surgery in Los Angeles.
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