Nearly all of us – at some stage in our lives – will experience vision deficiencies. When this occurs, there are a number of options available to us – including glasses, contact lenses, as well as more long-term solutions such as laser vision correction surgery. You will make a decision with the help of an osteopathic doctor based on the severity of your vision impairment, the type of eyesight condition you have, and multiple other factors. Some of us may be in a stage of vision degeneration where the option of LASIK surgery on the table, but it’s a difficult choice to make; weighing up between permanent laser surgery correction and retaining glasses or other eye prescription solutions is a tricky one. By getting all of the facts straight about LASIK vision correction, you will enable yourself to make a founded decision that can benefit you for the rest of your life.
Firstly, what is LASIK surgery? Basically, it’s a type of laser surgery used to treat short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. And why is it so popular – what’s wrong with glasses or contact lenses? While you will most likely need to continuously update your prescription – and bear the associated costs – with laser vision correction, the permanent results mean you can lead (and see) a much more carefree lifestyle. With LASIK, glasses wearers will no longer have the hassles of restricted peripheral vision, lenses that fog up, leave imprints or pressure on the nose bridge, obscure vision when moved out of position. Or those with contact lenses, the issues of dry eyes, over wear, irritation and infection issues or rotation issues for people with astigmatism will no longer be a problem after LASIK surgery.
If you do decide to go down the LASIK surgery road, it is important you understand exactly what the surgery involves, and what it means for the future of your eyesight.
The first thing to consider is that laser vision correction is, overwhelmingly, a permanent solution to vision impairment. The improvements bestowed to your eyesight by the wonders of modern laser surgery are – in the vast majority of cases – permanent. In fact, the commonly cited percentage of eyesight regression post laser enhancement surgery is just 5% , and of this fraction, vision generally only reverts to a much lighter prescription than your original one. Depending on the strength of your prescription, your chances of falling into that five per cent differ; those with high prescriptions, high astigmatism and long sighted prescription have a greater likelihood of needing re-enhancement treatment following the original surgery.
Furthermore, it is common practice for the clinic that performed your original LASIK surgery to provide the re-treatment surgery for no or minimal cost – if your eyesight is to everbecome enervated. Of course, this should be confirmed prior to embarking upon your LASIK surgery journey.
So unless you are one of the (approximate) five per cent of patients who experience vision regression following laser surgery for the eye, you will get to enjoy unobscured vision – free of the hassle of updating glasses prescriptions or replacing costly contact lenses – for the rest of your life. Not a bad deal in the grand scheme of things.
If you’re still a little unclear about all things LASIK vision correction, call one of the team members at Perfect Vision on 13 13 40 to have a chat about your options. Otherwise, head online to http://perfectvision.com.au/ and make an online enquiry or appointment.