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What Is Laser Eye Treatment?

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 0 0

There are now 3 options for people to choose from if they are not fortunate to have perfect vision. The oldest and most common solution to the problem is to buy a pair of glasses. There are lots of styles to choose from and you can even get a pair created by your favourite top clothes designer like Prada, Gucci or Versace.

The second option is to get contact lenses. These are perfect for people who do not want to wear face furniture and do not want the world to know that they do not have perfect vision.

The third option is the most recent solution to the problem of blurred or impaired vision. Laser eye treatment is a surgical procedure that can completely change your eyesight for the better within minutes. There are lots of clinics that offer this treatment and for some people, the results are so amazing they have found that their eyesight is even better than it ever used to be.

There are two types of laser eye treatment available and once you have had a consultation with your optician, they will be able to inform you which is the best option for your circumstances.

  • LASIK eye surgery

  • LASEK eye surgery

LASIK Eye Surgery

This is the most common type of eye surgery that is performed and you will see countless adverts both on TV and magazines about the treatment. There have been many celebrity endorsements for this eye surgery and the biggest advantage is that the procedure only takes around 20-30 minutes for both eyes to be corrected.

What Is Involved

The doctor will make a small incision into the top layer of the cornea and open the flap in order to position an excimer laser to resculpt and reshape the cornea. Once complete, the corneal flap is closed. The second eye is then done in the same way and the procedure is over.

Some people notice a difference straight away but it does take a little time for the eyes to heal and your vision to stabilise.

LASEK Eye Surgery

This process is similar to the Lasik eye surgery but this time the top layer of the cornea, the epithelium, is completely removed from the eye, while the laser treatment is carried out. Once complete, the epithelium is put back in place and kept secure, usually with a contact lens. This surgery will take a little longer to heal and is for more extreme cases.

In both cases a local anaesthetic is used so you are awake during the procedure but you can't feel a thing.

There have been a small number of people who have suffered from side effects which include dry eyes and itchiness but if you speak to your doctor they should be able to remedy that.

Find out as much as you can about laser eye treatment so that you can decide whether this is the suitable solution for you.

Read more about laser eye treatments:

Cheap laser eye treatment

Laser eye surgery for astigmatism



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