What You Should Know About Laser Eye Surgery

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As you age, you begin to notice that your once passable eyesight is slipping and you are having to rely on your glasses and contact lenses more and more. This process can be frustrating, especially for a person who never used to wear glasses, or who only had to rely on corrective lenses for reading purposes in the past. Because of this added frustration, you may be considering the possibility of laser eye surgery as a solution to your eyesight problem. However, before you make a final decision one way or the other, get to know some of the important facts about laser eye surgery. Only then will you be able to determine with certainty if this procedure is right for you. 

What Exactly Is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a means to correct impaired vision by actually reshaping the cornea of your eye. The cornea is the outermost layer of your eye, and it serves as a protective barrier for the extremely delicate tissue underneath. It also has a major impact on your vision as the cornea refracts light energy along the outer edge of the cornea. 

Your eye doctor will advise you on the specific laser eye surgery that is right for you as they vary in the details and in the specific conditions that they treat. However, the basic procedure involves the use of the laser (high-intensity light energy) to cut and shape your cornea to correct disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism.

The outer edge of the cornea has a large role in these conditions, and as such, reshaping that outer edge will affect the way that light is refracted into the rest of the eye allowing it to focus on objects both near and far. 

How Long Is Recovery?

Recovery from laser eye surgery is quite quick and should also be relatively painless. To start, it is important to note that the procedure itself should only take between 30 minutes to an hour at most including prep and recovery. 

Once the surgery is complete, the eye doctor will have you wait in the office to ensure you do not experience any sudden changes in blood pressure, heart rate, or experience any nausea or vomiting immediately following surgery. You will not be able to drive yourself home immediately after surgery as your vision will still be compromised.

However, as long as there are not any complications, you will be able to both drive and return to work 24 hours after your laser eye surgery is complete. This does not mean that your eyes are fully recovered, though. The healing process takes several weeks in which you will be limited on how much weight you can lift and should avoid bending over to tie shoes or pick up items. Bending down represents a sudden increase of blood flow to your head and can cause a great deal of pain and pressure on your healing eyes.

However, because these are the only restrictions on your activities following surgery, you may feel as though recovery time was non-existent. It is that easy and that fast. 

Are There Any Risks?

As with any surgical procedure, there are a few risks to laser eye surgery (though they are extremely minimal). You may, for example, experience dry eyes following your surgery. This effect is usually only temporary and can easily be treated with artificial tears and eye drops. 

You may also have some impaired vision immediately following your surgery such as a  "halo" around objects at night. This can last a few days or weeks as your eyes heal from surgery, but virtually never lasts beyond the final stages of surgical healing. These risks and complications are quite rare and are easily manageable if they do occur.

As you can see, laser eye surgery is a viable option in helping with a variety of problems affecting your vision. So, if you are interested in corrective eye surgery, contact your eye doctor, such as Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic, as soon as possible to get your eyes checked and your surgery scheduled.

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