If you talk to people who have had Lasik eye surgery, you will probably receive conflicting answers. For some, Lasik eye surgery is the greatest thing since sliced bread. For others, it could leave them worse off then they were before. The good and the bad of Lasik eye surgery can be summed up by this familiar saying, “The operation was a success, but……”
Those who have had successful Lasik eye surgery are absolutely thrilled not to have to wear eye glasses or contact lenses any longer. Their vision has improved beyond what they had hoped, and they rave about the procedure to friends and family. The ability to be able to read a newspaper without holding it at arm’s length, to be able to drive without glasses, and to be able to focus on a single rose without distortion are worth everything.
On the down side, Lasik eye surgery has its problems as well. For some people, their vision does not improve at all. They may also have developed a condition called “dry-eye” which impairs their vision even further. Further, others may find they are faced with double vision after surgery.
Thus, ophthalmologists suggest that before any surgery is performed, a complete medical history of the patient should be recorded. In addition, eye exams to ascertain the condition of the eyes are performed as well. If the patient has an eye condition that is serious or even if there is the likelihood that the patient is predisposed to a certain eye condition, surgery will not be recommended.
According to experts, Lasik eye surgery should not be performed on anyone under 18, pregnant women, anyone with a history of eye disease, anyone whose corneas are thin, and anyone taking medications that would cause harmful affects pre and post surgery. In addition, anyone who has cataracts would not be a likely candidate.
Another important factor in considering Lasik surgery, especially for the elderly who may live alone, is to ensure they have someone who can care for them after the surgery. At least two different eye medications, in the form of eye drops, have to be administered at least four times daily. In addition, for the first 24 hours after surgery, patients must rest and not exert themselves. Special glasses are given to the patient and must be worn outdoors for a few days. This is to avoid any type of glare to the eyes.
Anyone with diabetes may or may not be approved for surgery. Even if it is recommended, the surgery may still not yield positive results.
Therefore, if you are considering Lasik eye surgery, check with your optician to discuss if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Research the procedure online so that you are fully aware of what takes place and what to expect. The good and the bad of Lasik eye surgery is determined by the health of your eyes and your overall medical history.