The long term side effects of LASIK Surgery

LASIK has been performed since 1991 in Europe, and is based on the Lamellar Keratomilieusis technique that has been used for over forty years. Several clinical studies have been performed and each has failed to demonstrate any long-term deleterious effects on the cornea.

The history of the excimer laser

The excimer laser was developed at IBM in 1976, and used to etch computer microchips. Its extreme precision with negligible damage to adjacent tissue made it a very attractive tool for other applications and in 1983 Stephen L. Trokel, M.D. in cooperation with R. Srinivasa, a physicist, applied it to corneal tissue in a New York Laboratory. The first sighted eye was treated with the excimer laser at LSU in January of 1987. Between 1987 and 1995 numerous laser manufacturers including VISX and Summit Technolog...

The post-operative restrictions for LASIK surgery

The first day it is best to keep both eyes closed and rest or sleep for the first few hours. Swimming is not recommended for the first week unless you wear watertight goggles. Also, avoid rubbing or bumping the eyes for the first few days and contact sports for the first few weeks.

The best LASIK surgeon

Your regular ophthalmologist may be able to refer a good LASIK surgeon. You may also be able to find a list of surgeons in your local or online Yellow Pages. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also offer a variety of links on their resource page (http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/lasik/resources.htm) that could be useful in locating a credible surgeon in your region. Any respectable eye surgeon will be happy to provide you with references.

Vision-correction surgery during pregnancy

LASIK eye surgery during pregnancy is not advised. Perhaps the most important issue is that your prescription sometimes changes during pregnancy. This is thought to be due to hormonal alterations that make the body retain more fluid, causing a swelling of the lens inside the eye. So you may get a little more nearsighted or develop more astigmatism as long as your hormones are elevated. Don't forget that your hormones remain elevated even after the birth of your child if you breastfeed. Another problem is th...

LASIK Risk Factors

Your doctor should screen you for the following conditions or indicators of risk: Blepharitis. Inflammation of the eyelids with crusting of the eyelashes, that may increase the risk of infection or inflammation of the cornea after LASIK. Large pupils. Make sure this evaluation is done in a dark room. Although anyone may have large pupils, younger patients and patients on certain medications may be particularly prone to having large pupils under dim lighting conditions. This can cause symptoms such as glare,...

When is LASIK not for me?

You are probably NOT a good candidate for refractive surgery if: You are not a risk taker. Certain complications are unavoidable in a percentage of patients, and there are no long-term data available for current procedures. It will jeopardize your career. Some jobs prohibit certain refractive procedures. Be sure to check with your employer/professional society/military service before undergoing any procedure. Cost is an issue. Most medical insurance will not pay for refractive surgery. Although the cost is ...

What is LASIK ?

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses. The goal of this Web site is to provide objective information to the public about LASIK surgery. See other sections of this site to learn about what you should know before surgery, what will happen during the surgery, and what you should expect after surgery. There is a glossary of terms and a checklist of issues for you to consider, practices to follow, and questions to ask your doctor before undergoing LAS...