Laser eye surgery is a industry that is growing quickly. This optical surgery involves a highly trained doctor performing a surgery on your eye to permanently change the way your eye functions so you no longer have to wear contacts or glasses anymore. This surgery could even give you twenty/twenty, or sometimes even better, vision. Laser eye surgery for astigmatism can be an effective way to make it so you never have to wear eye-glasses or contacts ever again.
This has a bit of a catch however. Not everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery. If you have an interest in laser surgery, then it is important to do research, online or otherwise, to discover if you are a good candidate for lasik eye surgery. This will help you determine if it is worthwhile and also if you can fit this life changing surgery into your budget. I also like to have a full understanding of a surgery if it is voluntary and involves things going into my eye.
Laser eye surgery helps with some conditions better than it helps with others. Sometimes it won't work at all. An example would be if you are blind then this surgery will do nothing for you at all. Lasik eye surgery is also only really effective if the problems in your eye lies with the cornea or lens. Astigmatism usually is related to problems with the cornea and lens, thus this surgery may be helpful. There are many vision disorders however that have to do with other things such as the brain. Surgery will do nothing for problems like this. Laser eye surgery only really works well for common vision problems. These include nearsightedness(where things are blurry that are far away but you can see fine details up close without a problem), farsightedness(the opposite of nearsightedness, as the name would suggest), and the all too common astigmatism. If you know nothing about the technical aspects of your vision problem it might be a good idea to ask an optometrist.
Laser surgery's effectiveness can weigh heavily on how severe your vision problem is. The more severe your optical problems are the more likely you are not a good candidate for this surgery. This goes for near and far sighted people and people with severe astigmatism. People with very large pupils(anime characters) also are bad candidates for laser eye surgery because there is a chance that the standard laser used in the operation will have trouble hitting all the points in the eye it needs to at the same time.
Just because you have a common strain of poor vision and not coke-bottle-glasses poor vision doesn't necessarily mean you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery. There are a few other things to worry about as well. Your eyeball's have to have had time to stop growing and finished forming and you must have a stable prescription. In other words the power of your contact lenses or eye-glasses must not have changed in quite some time. The problem is that laser eye surgery cannot take into account future changes in vision. Both of these things usually mean that young people are poor candidates for this surgery. However they may be able to get it later in life.
Last but not least you have to be in decent health. This means you cannot have any serious diseases such as diabetes or healing disorders. Your eyes have to be in good health, other than the misshapen lens and/or cornea. You also cannot have had another major eye surgery in the past because this may cause unpredictable healing.
If you feel you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery then you should also consider the risks involved in this operation. It is important to remember that you are fully responsible for most of the things that could go wrong. Luckily particularly bad complications are extremely rare-especially the kinds that are talked about on the news or in tabloids.
Aside from the risks associated with all forms of surgery you need to also remember that this procedure is relatively new. There are no studies that can tell you about the effects of laser eye surgery 10+ years after the operation. Your vision is also not likely to reach twenty/twenty. Your vision however can still be very good. It is very likely that you may have 20/40 after six months. I lived the majority of my life with worse vision than this and I left it uncorrected. I was fine for the most part, and 20/40 would be a huge advancement for many people who are in need of this surgery.
People in their forties or later are likely to still need reading glasses. It is important to remember that most people, even people with really good vision, will begin to need reading glasses by the time they are 40. I have a grandfather who amazes doctors with his ability to see at much better than 20/20 even into his late 60s, but he still needs reading glasses.
There are other side effects that can take place as well. Fortunately the worst thing that usually happens is that the surgery has no effect, though it could actually worsen your vision as well. If this scenario happens there is a chance that you could go through the surgery again. However I would suggest you try a different doctor this time. Other problems you could have after the operation include seeing halos around lights(those of us with an astigmatism are used to this already), glares, dry eyes, and problems seeing in dim light. These side effects of laser eye surgery are usually temporary.
If you believe you are a long time sufferer of an astigmatism and feel you are a good candidate for astigmatism laser eye surgery then you could do further research and consult with a trained optometrist. Though the surgery is relatively new it carries very few risks. If you have the money and you meet the requirements permanently removing your astigmatism with laser eye surgery could permanently change your life for the better.