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Explanation Of The Lasik Surgery Procedure

Dec 25, 2007
The procedure that is called Lasik (laser in-situ keratomileusis) reshapes the surface of your eye to correct vision loss. People usually call this Lasik surgery. Lasik can restore vision to a perfect 20/20, and can be a life-changing experience for people that undergo the procedure.

The procedure itself is performed in less than one minute while the patient is awake. A doctor will usually use eye drops that numb the eye making it 100% painless. Since some patients get pretty nervous during this kind of procedure, sometimes Valium is administered to calm them down.

Patients can expect to have hazy vision for a day or so, depending on a number of factors and usually won't be allowed to drive home following the surgery. After the next few days, the doctor will want a follow up visit from the patient to ensure that vision has corrected itself and is stable. They will also check for infections and any discomfort that the patient is having.

You are probably eligible for Lasik as long as your vision has been stable for at least one year, and you haven't had any eye infections during that time period. Some people aren't eligible because their vision is always changing or they have eye conditions such as cataracts and eye disease.

People usually get Lasik because of quality of life issues caused by glasses or contact lenses. It can be hard to play sports while wearing glasses and corrective lenses shouldn't be worn while playing water sports.

To start planning for Lasik, you will first need to go to an eye doctor. You will need your medical records for the last year to be able to start planning for the surgery. You should do a consult with a Lasik surgeon and start planning immediately. He will take you through the process but will disqualify you if you have any conditions that could make it difficult. Patients that have auto-immune diseases are often disqualified, as are people that have other diseases that affect vision.

Finding the right surgeon definitely isn't a game. This is one thing that it's worth spending money on, and being cheap is one of the dumbest things you could ever do. Sometimes people will get it done just because they find someone dang cheap. Remember that it's your vision for the rest of your life. Doing consults with multiple surgeons is highly recommended.

Visiting surgeons at their office can help you to get an idea of how good they are. You will be able to see how well they take care of their office and get an idea of how good they are. Visit as many as possible because consultations are usually free.
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