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Laser vision correction is the ultimate top choice for many people when it comes to dealing with refractive errors. It could mean being able to ditch the glasses or contacts for good, which is an appealing proposition for many. However, laser vision correction is not for everyone. At The Eye Center, our optometrists in South Tulsa and Okmulgee can help you determine if laser vision correction is the right choice for you.
The human eye is a relatively round surface that focuses images on the back of the retina using this curve. However, many people have a curve that is flatter or more angled than it is rounded. This produces refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). Vision correction surgery uses a laser to remove tiny pieces of the cornea until it is as round as possible.
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It is one of the most common types of laser vision correction, and many people assume that all laser vision correction is LASIK. However, there are actually several types of vision correction surgery.
Other common types of laser vision correction surgeries include PRK, which like LASIK, corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but only affects the cornea’s surface. RLE is cataracts surgery that involves replacing the lens and can be used to correct extreme cases of hyperopia and myopia.
Laser eye surgery is not for everyone. It cannot correct all types of vision errors, and the end results may not be perfect. People who meet certain criteria tend to fare better and be happier with the end results:
The average LASIK patient has 20/25 vision after surgery and experiences some mild, usually temporary, side effects. LASIK does not prevent vision from deteriorating with age, so a person might still need glasses or contacts as they get older.
People whose results are more unpredictable or likely to be unsatisfactory may want to think about other types of vision correction. If you have conditions such as severe refractive error, certain eye diseases, refractive instability, or dry eye, your doctor may not recommend laser surgery. Refractive instability may be diagnosed if you have needed a new prescription in the last year or so. It is normal for people up until about their mid-20s, which is why many LASIK providers will not perform the procedure on people younger than this.
Before surgery, our optometrist will need to perform a very thorough exam of your eyes and determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK or not. If you are, you will need to be able to stop wearing your contacts for several days to weeks.
Although serious long-term complications are rare, people who are not willing to take this risk should ask their optometrist about other vision correction options. Complications that occur after surgery can range from mild to very serious and be permanent or temporary:
If you want to know more about laser vision correction, contact The Eye Center today! Call us at (918) 369-3937 to contact our South Tulsa optometrist or (918) 756-0316 to contact our Okmulgee optometrist.
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