Is it true? Can prescription glasses and contact lenses be a thing of the past? Modern laser surgery procedures and technology seem to be proving so.
Old-School Laser Eye Surgery
While laser eye surgery has been around for some time now, many contact and glass users avoid the procedure because of the invasive nature of the procedure.
Consider Lasik surgery where the flaps of the eyes are cut out and the cornea is reshaped to improve vision. Just the thought of one’s eye being cut and reshaped brings a shrilling feeling running up and down the spine.
Yet, many of the thoughts and myths that come with the supposed risks associated with laser surgery are completely unfounded.
Laser Surgery’s Factless Facts
There is a large number of common fables associated with laser eye procedures. 7 of the most common ones are listed below:
1 – The procedure is unproven as of yet (long-term side effects are not yet known).
2 – It is not effective and one may still need contacts or glasses once the surgery is over.
3 – The procedure can not correct many eye disorders like astigmatism, presbyopia, and long-sightedness.
4 – The surgery is painful.
5 – The benefits of the surgery are short-lived.
6. It destroys night vision.
7 – It cannot fix severe prescription cases.
The New Non-Invasive Eye Laser Treatment
ReLEx SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction), also known as Keyhole Laser Eye Surgery, is the new and improved version of laser eye surgery. It is much less invasive than its older counterpart and can correct even the severest of prescription cases.
In order to correct the cornea, which is what improves vision, the new procedure uses a new state-of-the-art laser to insert pulses in the cornea with an accuracy never seen before in any former laser surgery procedure.
Bubbles, which are formed by the pulses, are then outlined before the laser is employed to correct the shape of the cornea.
The laser itself makes a tunnel from where the outlined tissue can be removed. Through this method, no flaps in the eye need to be cut and therefore the healing time is drastically reduced and the actual time of treatment is decreased to a measly 20 minutes in the majority of cases.
The entire procedure is quick, safe, and utterly pain-free, which squashes most of the presumed fears of those who have avoided laser eye surgery in the past.
What To Expect
After the surgery is completed, there is a healing and recovery period, albeit much less than the normal period associated with traditional laser eye surgeries.
Most patients end up recovering around 80% of their vision immediately after surgery and the remainder (100%) within a few days after that.
Once the surgery is completed, the patient must wait for 4 hours before they can open their eyes. During this rest period, some eye drops are administered. After the completion of the rest period, the patient must continue to take the eye drops every hour for the rest of the day, and thereafter 4 times a day for the next 2 weeks.
Protective goggles must also be worn during the night during the 2-week recovery period to avoid scratching the eyes and causing damage to them.
Other than that, the patient can enjoy their new and improved eyesight without having to bother with glasses or contact lenses ever again.