LASIK SurgerySources estimate that over three million people have had LASIK surgery since the late 1990s. That's a remarkable number of people who have been able to enhance their vision and their lives through LASIK surgery. As this number continues to grow every year, more state-of-the-art eye-mapping and laser technologies are developed to make LASIK surgery more accurate, safe and effective than ever.
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis surgery, which is what we refer to as LASIK surgery, is a relatively quick and easy procedure that can cure nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. These extremely common vision ailments affect hundreds of millions people worldwide, causing them to have to wear vision correction lenses like contacts and glasses on a daily basis. At a minimum this can be extremely annoying; at a maximum many people are legally blind without the aid of such of devices.
For those of us who are ready to take the next step and begin living a life that is free of hassles like glasses, prescription sunglasses, contacts, contact solution and eye drops, LASIK surgery is an easy and fantastic solution. It is an ambulatory procedure, which means there's no overnight stay, your eyes will heal in a matter of days and your increased visual capacity will change your life in ways you never imagined: you'll be able to wake up in the morning and clearly see the world around you; you'll be able to drive legally without visual aids; you'll be able to see more clearly playing sports, swimming and enjoying the outdoors or you can doze off reading in bed without the risk of bending your frames. These simple pleasures can make all the difference when you consider how many times throughout your day poor eyesight makes life a little bit harder.
If you're like the other three million people in the world who wanted to break free from poor vision, you are probably wondering if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Only a qualified LASIK surgeon can tell you for sure, but if you are over 18, have a stable prescription and don't have any eye or systemic abnormalities that would affect the LASIK surgery healing process, there is a good chance you are a good candidate for the procedure.
If you find out you are eligible for LASIK surgery, it is a good idea to prepare yourself for what is to come by learning a little bit about the process. First, your LASIK surgeon will map out the natural shape of your eye and cornea. Since the cornea is responsible for reflecting and focusing light back to your retina, its shape is critical. If the shape of your cornea is too steep, you are nearsighted. If your cornea is too flat, you will suffer from farsightedness. To correct either vision ailment, your LASIK surgeon will reshape your corneal tissue using a laser until it precisely the right shape. After your eye heals, you will be able to enjoy a contacts-free and glasses lifestyle.