LASIK eye surgery has been a blessing to mankind and has revolutionized the lives of many patients. According to Matthew Davies Stockton, while this surgery does wonders for people it also comes with risks and side effects. Here’s how you can minimize those risks:
1. Glare and halos
After a few days or weeks of LASIK surgery, all patients suffer “see” halos. This happens since the treated cornea has fluids that scatter light. The halos don’t disappear till this fluid clears off your cornea. However, there are cases where patients may develop permanent halos. This is caused due to aberrations induced by lasers. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent that.
Make sure that your surgeon has years of experience in LASIK surgery and understands the problems caused by high order aberrations and ensure that he measures your pupil size in dark light. Moreover, ask your surgeon if you will receive aspheric treatment. This is crucial since most spectacles and cameras have “aspheric” lenses.
2. Dry eyes
Dry eye is common after LASIK surgery. However, you need to be properly evaluated before the surgery so that it doesn’t turn into a permanent problem. On the surface of your cornea, there are superficial nerve endings that need to heal and regenerate. They take around 6 to 12 weeks to heal completely and during this time your eyes are prone to get dry.
To avoid getting permanent dry eyes, check to see if you receive dry eye tests including TBUT and Schirmer’s test for tear production. If you have a good surgeon, they should ask you about dry eyes before and after the surgery. You can also ask your surgeon if you suffer from Meibomian Gland Disease, a failure of meibomian glands that hinders the production of vital oil necessary to prevent tears from drying up quickly.
All surgeries come with the risk of infection. Here LASIK eye surgery has an advantage since the risk of infection is much smaller compared to other surgical procedures. The probability of you getting infected due to LASIK surgery is 1 in ten thousand.
To prevent that make sure to have your surgery done at a reputable center with a stellar CQC(Care Quality Commission) rating. Ask if the air is HEPA filtered and ask about the antibiotics that would be used before and during the surgery. Gatifloxacin and Moxifloxacin are strong 4th generation fluoroquinolone that can eliminate a large count and type of bacteria.
4. Flap complications
Flap complications like partial flaps, buttonholes, and more are rare, but not non-existent. Blade microkeratomes that were previously used in LASIK surgery and were widely responsible for the problem aren’t used anymore. However, you should enquire and be extra careful. Ask the center if IntraLASE would be used in your LASIK surgery for creating your corneal flap.
Matthew Davies Stockton suggests that you keep these risks in mind and take appropriate precautions to prevent permanent complications after your LASIK surgery.
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