laser eye surgery ???


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Glasses or surgery???

            Not many people on the world have perfect vision therefore, some people require to wear glasses to give them 20/20 vision. As technology advances there has been more options to improve people's vision.  For instance, contacts have been a working progress since 1508 with Leonardo Da Vinci's idea on how to eliminate the glasses completely. The first pair of contacts was constructed in the year in 1889 and they were finally ready for the US in the year 1971. Contacts were very popular and people enjoyed being able to see with having to wear glasses. But technology has brought another option to consider when dealing with enhancing your vision. The new option is laser eye surgery.

What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is surgery performed on the eye or its adnexa, typically by an ophthalmologist when finished the patient no longer needs to where glasses

The history

It was started in the year 1971 it is a fairly new idea. Its purpose is was to eliminate the need for glasses and correct a person vision to be 20/20. 

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The risks

With many things in science, there are some risks. For instance on of the risk of the surgery is that even though you receive the surgery, it doesn't guarantee that your vision will be 20/20. With the surgery, your vision may be changed either too much or not enough, if it isn't changed enough you have two options: get a second round of surgery or to wear contacts or glasses again. Another risk of the surgery is you may experience blurry vision during the day the day and the transition into the night time. The most important risk is that you may go blind and it cant be corrected, this is not very common but it is caused by the surgeon making a mistakes or many other things.

However, there is risk to wearing contacts, for instance you can get eye infections and scratch you cornea if not put in properly

Does it add up?

 The average cost of laser eye surgery between $2,000 and $2,500 per eye for LASIK by a reputable surgeon.  The average cost for a pair of glasses is 50 on up it depends on if you want a designer pair and your insurance. And contacts cost 100 dollars for a three months supply . What would you choose?

http://www.dlxguard.com/history-laser-eye-surgery

http://www.medicinenet.com/lasik_eye_surgery/page6.htm

 

6 Comments

As a person who has been wearing glasses and contacts since the 3rd grade, this topic is very near and dear to my heart. I have been wondering if LASIK eye surgery would be worth it, but with some of the risks you've mentioned in your blog has made me more and more skeptical to get it. I decided to research these risks further and found that there are many. In this article by Medicine.net (stated below), it says that you could potentially be over corrected or under corrected, you may still need glasses or contacts to have complete 20/20 vision, results may not be permanent, may experience visual aberrations, dry eye symptoms may get worse, and you may lose your vision permanently. These are some serious risks but there are very low chances for all of them to happen.

http://www.medicinenet.com/lasik_eye_surgery/page6.htm

As a person who has been wearing glasses and contacts since the 3rd grade, this topic is very near and dear to my heart. I have been wondering if LASIK eye surgery would be worth it, but with some of the risks you've mentioned in your blog has made me more and more skeptical to get it. I decided to research these risks further and found that there are many. In this article by Medicine.net (stated below), it says that you could potentially be over corrected or under corrected, you may still need glasses or contacts to have complete 20/20 vision, results may not be permanent, may experience visual aberrations, dry eye symptoms may get worse, and you may lose your vision permanently. These are some serious risks but there are very low chances for all of them to happen.

http://www.medicinenet.com/lasik_eye_surgery/page6.htm

Coming from someone who honestly has awful eyesight, this blog caught my eye (no pun intended). I have seriously contemplated going through the LASIK laser eye surgery and was hoping that this blog would give me a better insight and help me make my decision when the time comes. You had a very good idea with it and gave some facts; however, I feel like you barely brushed on the topic and did not give specific enough information for anyone to feel really informed on the topic.
I would've liked to receive a little more information about the surgery besides it not really working correctly and still having to wear glasses or contacts. For example, could the surgery go wrong and end up making you blind? How long does the procedure normally take? What are the statistical success rates of the procedure? What is the actual procedure?
After having these questions myself, I researched a little more. After I found the website Medicinenet.com

(previous comment continued) I found out that this is the process to the procedure: "...a specially trained eye surgeon first creates a precise, thin hinged corneal flap using a microkeratome. The surgeon then pulls back the flap to expose the underlying corneal tissue, and then the excimer laser ablates (reshapes) the cornea in a unique pre-specified pattern for each patient. The flap is then gently repositioned onto the underlying cornea without sutures." Also, other symptoms that I found that can occur after the surgery are persistent dry eyes, experience of visual aberrations, especially in low light, and that you can in fact lose vision! After reading this blog and doing further research, I'm not sure that I'm going to get the surgery after all...

I've been wearing contacts since I was in sixth grade and am still patiently awaiting the day I can get laser eye surgery, as my vision gets worse every year. As we age, our eyes change and age as well, meaning that doctor's don't even recommend having this surgery until you're a minimum of 21 years old and considered fully grown. What I find slightly concerning about the surgery though is that even with it, after the years progress on your eyesight can return back to its original state. I always wonder if this makes it worth. Considering some of the extreme side effects or issues you may have due to the surgery, I always wonder if its worth spending the risk and money only to have the possibility of it all regressing. Though much like science has made progress with eye care from the glass lens, to the contact lens, to laser eye surgery, I hope that eventually they will be able to find a guaranteed permanent solution and maybe one that is a little less painful!

I as well have terrible eyes and have contemplated this surgery but the laser near my eyes kind of freaks me out. I am fine close up but I have great trouble seeing in the distance. My mom had LASIK and she absolutely loved it. But over time, she said she could notice that it was slightly wearing off because her eyes definitely were not as good a few days after her procedure. I wonder what caused this to occur and thought maybe everyone's eyes react to it differently. I did a little research and came across this to possibly explain why it occurred: it is quite natural for people over the age of 40 to develop a condition called Presbyopia, a problem with focusing on near objects (http://www.glassescrafter.com/information/Lasik-Surgery-Will-Not-End-the-Need-for-Eyeglasses.html). This could explain the issue since she said really only her reading has been effected. I know I will most likely have to get LASIK but I can get by with my vision for now.

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