Is laser eye surgery right for you?

These days, more and more people are choosing to have laser eye surgery. It’s quick, it’s convenient, and it can enable people who are shortsighted, long-sighted or suffer from astigmatism to see just like anyone else. 90% of people who ask for it turn out to be able to be helped by it. Understandably, however, people have questions. Is it right for you? An optician can help you make this decision, but ultimately you’ll have to weigh up the pros and cons for yourself.

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How can laser eye surgery help?

The vast majority of people who have laser eye surgery say they’ve never regretted it for a moment, and many talk about how amazing it feels to suddenly be able to see everything with no need for glasses or contact lenses. There’s no longer the fuss of having to look after contacts or the hassle of losing one. There’s no more worry about how glasses might affect your appearance, or difficulty getting 3D glasses to fit over them in the cinema. When you want a new pair of shades, you can pick whatever looks good and not have to get prescription lenses fitted. It’s still a good idea to get annual eye checks just to make sure you’re in good health (even people who have always had perfect vision should really be doing this), but you won’t depend on them in the same way.

What risks should you be aware of?

Because early forms of eye surgery weren’t as good, many people worry that there are major risks attached to today’s surgery, but in fact things have progressed a long way. Serious complications are now very rare. The most common issues are bruised eyes immediately after the procedure, dry eyes for a week or two afterwards and sensitivity to bright light. You might see a fuzzy halo around things at night, making night driving difficult. In the majority of people, these problems go away not long after the surgery, as long as you take care of your eyes. Your surgeon will give you eye drops to help and if there are any lasting problems, you will have the option of follow-up treatment.

What happens next?

After the surgery it’s a good idea to try and rest your eyes while they recover. Your vision may not sharpen up immediately because swelling from the treatment interferes with it at first, but this is nothing to worry about. In the long term, you may still experience vision problems due to things like age-related long-sightedness or cataracts, but the fact you’ve had surgery wouldn’t reduce the options available to you for treating these. At our clinic here in Nashville, cataract surgery and other treatments are available alongside laser surgery.

If you’ve grown up with faulty vision, you’ll be amazed by how good the world looks after laser eye surgery. From the moment you wake up in the morning, everything will be brilliant and clear. Of all forms of elective surgery, this gets one of the most positive overall responses, and if you try it, you’ll understand why.

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