For many people, wearing contact lenses or glasses has become a daily routine. Many of these people, if they had the choice, would opt to be free of this dependence and have their vision restored to normal. This can be advantageous not only for professions where wearing glasses or lenses is not practical, but also for aesthetic purposes i.e. people who do not like wearing glasses. It also removes the worry of having to carry spare sets of glasses and contact lenses, should any get lost or broken.
Many people find that their vision returns quickly following laser correction and they feel more confident, have higher self esteem and also have better career opportunities. Many even take up new sports and hobbies they felt would have been unsuitable for people wearing glasses or lenses. For some people laser eye surgery improves their social life, as they are no longer worried about low light situations or feeling they are ‘hiding behind their glasses’. It is also common that patients experience better vision than they ever had, even with corrective eye wear.
You may have been wearing glasses for a few years, or for all your life, it makes no difference when it comes to deciding to have laser vision correction. Whether you want better eye sight for cosmetic purposes or for your occupation, laser eye surgery is suitable for nearly everyone with very few exclusions. The first step is ensuring that you understand what the procedure entails, how much it will cost and what any possible side effects or complications are. All the information you will need to decide on whether to have the procedure is covered in this centre, including what happens in the initial consultation, your first step in having laser vision correction.
Even if you live in the middle of nowhere, there are clinics all over the country that offer the procedure, many even give you 0% finance for a period of 2 years, helping to make the cost of the procedure more manageable. If you have ever wondered how life would be without wearing glasses or having the irritation of planning your day around your contact lenses, laser vision correction could be right for you. The operation has been being performed for a number of years now and is considered safe by all the medical governing bodies. The surgeon who performs your procedure should have done the procedure many times before, this is information you should find out before you agree to have the procedure. Further questions you should consider asking are covered later on in this guide.
The operation itself is very quick and painless, as you will be given anaesthetic eye drops to help numb you eye. When you begin to compare how much money you have spent on contact lenses and glasses over the past few years and how much you wear them, to laser vision correction, it seems that the operation is a very good idea. Some of the advantages can be,
Being free from contacts and glasses
Better performance in sport, no need to worry about lenses falling out
No need to worry about lenses drying out or glasses falling off
Better career prospects
No irritation from contact lenses or clouding up of glasses
Laser surgery can be less expensive in the long run
If you are worried that the procedure may not be suitable for your prescription do not be. Laser eye surgeryis advocated for all the major types of eye problem, including myopia (short sight), hyperopia (long sight), astigmatism and presbyopia. Each of these conditions is amenable to treatment with a laser. Myopia or short sightedness is corrected by thinning out the corneal tissue to help you see object that are far away. Hyperopia or long sightedness can be removed by producing a greater slope to the peripheral areas of the cornea, whereas astigmatism is corrected by smoothing out the surface of the cornea. All these procedures are covered in the next few articles.