Probably every person wearing glasses has dreamed for a moment to take them off and never put them on again. Being able to get rid of glasses or contact lenses forever is a tempting prospect. That is why many people decide to use laser vision correction, even though it is still a procedure that few people can afford. However, the comfort and convenience after a successful treatment are very encouraging.
In order to clarify who can benefit from this innovative method of eye treatment, it is worth discussing the conditions and contraindications. It is worth noting at the beginning that the decision about qualification for this procedure is made by the doctor after conducting the tests. The test results not only decide whether or not to accept, but also which methods will be the most appropriate.
First of all, the age parameter is important. The lower age limit is 21 years, while the upper age limit is 55. In this age group, the eyes do not grow anymore and the defects stabilize. Laser vision correction can help combat myopia and farsightedness even in combination with astigmatism.
What disqualifies a patient from laser vision correction?
First of all, the situation where the vision defect is unstable and progresses. Age is a factor that can be inferred from the above-mentioned information. Persons under the age of 21 and those over 55 are disqualified from the spot.
Other eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts or retinal detachment may be disqualifying factors. This treatment is also not possible in the case of active inflammation or viral infection. We also have bad news for people with heart disease, especially those who have a pacemaker. Often, doctors suggest that women planning offspring should postpone the decision about this procedure at least until they have children.
There are many more diseases that disqualify a patient from undergoing laser vision correction – all of them can be found at specialist doctors.
What is laser vision correction?
The laser vision correction surgery itself does not take long. The whole thing is several dozen seconds. The very process of eye preparation, as well as the subsequent patient care, take time. Before the procedure, the eye should be immobilized and anesthetized. After all, it is important to rest and avoid strenuous exercise.
Laser vision correction involves cutting off a piece of the cornea. Then a so-called “flap” is formed, which can be folded back and corrected depending on the type of defect. It’s mainly about changing the shape of the cornea. Afterwards, the “flap” closes and the tissues heal naturally.
After a successful operation, the first inspection of the operated eyes takes place after about an hour, and the next day. Although the innovative methods of laser vision correction allow you to return to classes or work the day after the procedure, doctors agree that the patient must rest for at least a week without straining his eyesight. After the operation, you should also take a vacation from the computer and TV, as well as from physical exertion.
It is worth mentioning the risk of any medical procedure or surgery, although it is actually negligible when using laser vision correction. It is important that the patient is aware and well informed about the possible consequences.
The good news is that no one has lost their eyesight after having laser vision correction surgery. The first risk is the possibility of under-correction or over-correction. In the first case, the defect may not be eliminated to zero, and in the second case it may be that the pros will turn into disadvantages. Fortunately, in these cases, the operation can be performed again, but only after the “new” vision defect has stabilized.
Some patients complain of dry eyes which, to the maximum extent, may force them to constantly take lubricant drops. In other cases, there may be a halo effect where we see a “halo” around the light sources. Other risk factors after laser vision correction surgery are blurred vision, double vision or even detachment of the eye’s retina. Complications or undesirable effects may be temporary or may last for several months. After the situation with the eyes has stabilized, it is possible to re-treat the eyes.
Before deciding to proceed with the laser vision correction, you should read all the information and possible risks. Therefore, it is necessary to visit a doctor and ask as many questions as possible about the procedure itself and about the possibilities and risks associated with it.