In every population, 60% of people have diopter problems, and many need optical aids such as glasses and lenses. Although these optical aids have even become a very interesting fashion detail, they very often present obstacles to people when they want to engage in some sport or other activity. Unfortunately, for many people, the diopter begins to increase over time and vision begins to weaken. The trouble with diopters can also be solved with laser vision correction, which is the most common way to remove diopters.
What is laser diopter removal?
Laser diopter removal is an operation for permanent vision correction, which over time, due to its efficient results, has become one of the most performed surgeries in the whole world. In order for the doctor to determine whether you really need an operation and whether you are ready, it is necessary that you go for an examination, that is, a consultation where everything will be explained to you, from the procedure itself to recovery.
How is the preoperative examination performed?
This examination usually takes between two and three hours, as it checks the patient’s vision, pupil size, corneal thickness, and so on. People with large pupils and large diopters are not considered good candidates for surgery. For the vast majority of people, laser diopter removal permanently solves the need for any further vision correction, and this is something we all consider a great advantage.
Laser refractive eye surgery – which is often also called laser diopter removal, laser eye surgery, or laser vision correction – is the name for various procedures: advanced PRK, LASIK, LASEK – which correct the vision by laser shaping the cornea, i.e. the surface of the eye.
LASIK is the most popular laser diopter removal procedure. This is not surprising because the LASIK technology used by Optical Express is the very technology approved by NASA for its astronauts. The LASIK method is also the most frequently performed method because the recovery is short, the procedure is completely painless, and the precision and results of the operation are excellent thanks to the great precision. This operation consists of two steps – first, a flap (cover on the cornea) is formed, and then its surface is reshaped with a laser.
What are the risks (side effects) of LASIK?
Although LASIK is somewhat more aggressive than the PRK procedure, all laser diopter removal procedures are among the safest procedures in medicine, as confirmed by more than 30 million LASIK procedures performed worldwide. However, there is a small risk of serious complications, such as inflammation in the early period after the procedure or the risk of the cornea loosening, which is why it is extremely important to have a thorough preoperative examination that will identify possible risks and recommend the best solution for your eyes.
The laser uses hyper-focused ultraviolet light that vaporizes the target cells without harming nearby areas. For this reason, it is also called “cold laser”. Ophthalmologists around the world claim that it is precisely this advanced technology that protects patients from harm and ensures that the procedure goes according to plan.
How successful is the operation?
We can never say for any operation that is 100% effective because there is always a small chance that it will not succeed completely, but we think that the probability of 95-98.5% still speaks volumes about the effectiveness of the LASIK method.
How long does the procedure take?
We have already mentioned that the preparations for the operation last 2-3 hours, and the operation itself takes no more than 10 minutes. Pulses of laser light painlessly reshape the cornea, although you may feel some pressure on the eye. You will also hear a steady sound while the laser is working. LASIK is performed on each eye separately, and each procedure takes only about five minutes. It is always recommendable to read more about Lasik eye surgery.
Who are the best candidates for LASIK?
The ideal candidate for improving vision with this method is anyone who is over 18 years old, anyone who leads an active lifestyle, and of course if you have vision problems.
We have already mentioned that recovery is easy and short-lived. After the surgery is performed, the patient may feel a temporary burning sensation or itching. Due to that, it is recommendable to avoid driving that day. You should expect some blurred vision and fogginess immediately after surgery, however, clarity should improve by the next morning. Your vision should stabilize and continue to improve within a few days. As with any other surgery, it is very important that you follow the doctor’s instructions and take the prescribed medication if any.
When is it time for LASIK?
LASIK is recommended when the diopter stops changing. If your diopter changes on an annual basis and if you have to change contact lenses or spectacle lenses once a year, you will have to wait with the surgery itself because it is necessary that the diopter be stable for at least a year in order to be a candidate.
How to find a good doctor?
This is an unavoidable question when it comes to any operation. Recommendations for choosing a doctor are the number of interventions performed, experience in a given field, monitoring and development of new technologies, and scientific and educational activities. Given that the Internet is the source of all information, use this opportunity to find the doctor you deserve. Reading reviews, that is, the experiences of people who have already encountered the same problem will certainly help you in this.
Surgical vision correction has been done using lasers for about 20 years. This is a contemporary and modern method, we call it laser vision surgery. In the event that for some reason the diopter cannot be removed with one intervention, for its complete removal, it is necessary to carry out several interventions with, of course, a time gap that allows for recovery between procedures.