Eye Surgery without a Blade

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Laser eye surgery has now advanced to even bigger levels. Whilst laser-eye surgery is not something new to us all, it is developing rapidly. LASIK (Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) laser eye surgery involves making an incision into the cornea of the eye. This used to involve a metal blade to create the circular hole for the laser but is now actually created using a laser. This means cleaner cut surgery and an answer for all those who have previously been refused LASIK surgery due to their cornea level being too thin.

The laser cuts a tiny circular hole into the cornea and another laser is then used within this hole to remove and correct corneal tissue before placing the previously removed circular disc back into its place as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is hoped that the use of the laser will remove any potential risks involved with the flap created during the surgery. Previously, people suffered tearing, swelling and infection problems through the incision of the flap. You may wonder why this advancement is such a great one; people have had laser eye surgery without incisions etc before. However, it is a risk when having laser eye surgery such as PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) which just lasers through the cornea, that it can cause unnecessary damage and lead to further eye problems such as excessive watering.

Whilst the surgery does now offer a hope for people who wish to have the surgery but have a thin cornea, there are still quite a few people that will be ineligible for the surgery. You should consult your optician with regard to potential side-effects, whether you are eligible and where your nearest LASIK clinic is. LASIK eye surgery can cure myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. It is thought that it cannot cure those with presbyopia. If you are refused LASIK surgery it is important to remember that there are other types of laser eye surgery available. With every type of surgery there are risks and it is just a case of finding the right surgery for you.

Wednesday 18th November 2009