LASIK Right for Me?
By David Snape
The subject of LASIK is a very interesting one. There
is a lot to investigate and understand about the process of getting your
vision corrected through laser surgery. I hope this article helps to point
you where you need to go to do the best research. There are both pros
and cons to consider before submitting to this type of surgery.
First, if you are already firmly set in your decision to have LASIK,
read these pointers:
1. Make sure you go to a doctor who uses the new Interlase laser for
making the corneal flap.
Why? Because the Interlase is 100 times more precise than the "old
fashioned" method of using a microkeratome to cut the initial flap.
Many speculate that most of the problems that come from LASIK
surgery have been due to the impreciseness of the microkeratome device
used to cut the cornea.
2. Most definitely insist on a custom wavefront laser to do the actual
reshaping of the cornea.
Why? Because the custom wavefront can get rid of what is called higher
What does this mean to you? It means much sharper vision after the surgery
and a significantly reduced chance of having halos, starburst and other
"complications" from LASIK.
Repeating: Make sure you go to a surgeon who is using both Interlase
and Custom Wavefront technology to do LASIK surgery. Relatively few practices
have these new technologies. Consider that surgeons who invest in these
technologies may have more of your interests at heart.
One of the top 5 LASIK surgeons lives in Kansas City. Check out his
site: durrievision.com Look at the
information on his site including the videos where he explains what LASIK
is all about. Compare your perspective surgeons website to his and you
may detect a difference.
Next, you should be aware of the potential problems of LASIK surgery
as you review www.surgicaleyes.com - you may find that these horror stories
came from procedures that didnt use interlase and custom wavefront technology
together. See-there is a reason to go with the newer technologies. You
can email the people on this site and ask them questions about their procedures
and the complications that they faced or are still facing.
One of the problems with LASIK, has been the LASIK 20/20 phenomenon.
Some people do technically see 20/20 after the procedure but it is not
normal. Instead, it is hazy or blurred. This is probably due to the higher
order aberrations mentioned earlier. That is why it is important to get
custom LASIK done. The custom wave front lasers can remove those aberrations,
hopefully allowing you avoid the LASIK 20/20 phenomenon.
If your doctor says that you dont need the custom treatment, I would
ask him if he has a custom wave front machine. There may be a few legitimate
reasons to not have the custom procedure done, but I seriously doubt there
If he doesnt have such a machine, I would wonder if his recommendation
is based on the best thing for you as the patient. It always pays to get
a second opinion anyway and in this case, you should.
These are your eyes that we are talking about and you owe it to yourself
to get educated on every aspect of this surgery before undergoing treatment.
The surgical eyes web site mentioned above is worth investigating. You
need to know what could go wrong and how to choose a doctor and equipment
that will allow you to avoid problems.
I will say it again. Try to go with Interlase to cut the corneal flap
and try to go with a custom wavefront laser to reduce your risk of complications!
I cannot stress this enough.
I went through a screening process to get LASIK done and was categorized
as an excellent candidate. They even wanted me to participate in a study
program that would save me about $600. I still turned it down. In the
end, I decided that I didnt want to get my eyes lasered.
Of course, there is something to be said about not wearing glasses or
contacts anymore and there are many happy patients out there. I just want
you to be aware of both the pros and the cons.
Do you really need to have LASIK done? I think its worth it to investigate
natural vision therapy and see what you can do about correcting your vision
naturally before permanently etching your current prescription into your
Many people have gotten results from vision therapy. A few have even
gotten rid of their glasses and /or contacts forever. An industry insider
has informed me that this does happen but not very often.
There are a couple of books to check out on natural vision improvement
if you are interested in that alternative. Relearning to See by Thomas
Quakenbush is one that comes to mind.
The original pioneer in vision improvement was Dr. Bates. He was an
early 20th century ophthalmologist who really stuck his neck out to go
against the prevailing theories of the day (that still persist). Many
of the people who he helped were very grateful, Im sure.
I have dabbled with naturally improving my vision. I have experienced
a decrease of tension, but I have not recovered 20/20 vision. This type
of improvement does take work and determination.
That is why there is LASIK today; everyone is different in their wishes
and expectations. If you are in a hurry and you dont mind the permanent
etching of a prescription in your cornea, LASIK might be for you.
I hope this helps you on your quest to learn more about LASIK Surgery
and point you in the right directions to gain more information so that
you can make an informed decision before deciding to undergo this often
expensive elective procedure.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to
diagnose or suggest treatment for any health condition. Please consult
a health care professional if you have or suspect you have any health
related problem for proper diagnoses and treatment
David Snape maintains a website called 'All Things Pondered' - http://allthingspondered.com.
Dave also practices Falun Dafa.