Hello and welcome to my Blog, I've just started up, and have no idea what to talk about, so I chose something that I've recently looked in to my self. I've spent the majority of my life being short sighted and often felt that this has held me back a lot. having that unsure feeling whenever you find your self in a situation with out glasses, the lack of any confidence when going out, I was fed up with it all and wanted a new lease on life, so I bit the bullet and looked in to surgery, so then here's a few points if you should conciser looking in to it.
Laser eye surgery: what is it?Local anaesthetic drops are placed in the eye being treated. A knife is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back to reveal the middle part of the cornea. Pulses from a laser vaporise a portion of this and the flap is replaced.
An eye patch is usually worn over the treated eye for 24 hours.
Both eyes can be treated on the same day, but your consultant should outline the risks. In order to reduce the risk of cross contamination should complications arise, each eye should be treated as separate procedure.
Other people are long-sighted or hyperopic because their cornea is too flat or the eye is too short. This means that the light rays focus too far beyond the retina. Others have a condition where the cornea is oval shaped rather than spherical, called astigmatism. This produces two different focal points which can blur images at all distances.
Laser surgery to reshape the cornea can help to correct these problems.
What are the risksComplications occur in less than 5 per cent of cases, according to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Some people have a problem with dry eyes in the months after surgery and artificial tear supplements might be needed in the long term.
Many patients have experienced glare or halo effects when night driving, particularly just after treatment. This is more likely the higher the correction that has been made, but is rarely severe. In rare cases, excessive thinning of the eye wall can cause the shape of the eye to be unstable after treatment. Severe loss of vision is very unusual, but some patients could require corneal surgery or hard contact lenses to restore vision, it said.
Is it a common procedure?Yes. Private treatment usually costs £1000-1500 per eye and is available at some NHS hospitals. It is important to check the qualifications of the surgeon performing the operation as the Royal College of Ophthalmologists recommends that the doctor should be a fully trained ophthalmic surgeon and also have undertaken additional training in laser eye surgery. Some surgeons may also be NHS Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons which means they will have completed at least 8 years of training and also be familiar with a wide range of eye diseases and problems.
Laser surgery will not be able to cure age-related presbyopia and the need for reading glasses that people often develop in their mid-40's. This is because presbyopia is not to do with a problem with the cornea. Instead, it occurs when the lens becoming less flexible with age.
well I really hope you found this article informative, and gives you an informed opinion on if you should go ahead or not, I know I will be eventually and look forward to seeing the world in all its 20/20 vision glory!
References from http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/physical_health/conditions/laser_eye_surgery.shtml