Friday, November 29, 2013

What is Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis?

If you think that your eyesight is not as good as it used to be, then you should consider undergoing a LASIK treatment from a reputable ophthalmologist. It involves applying a special laser to your eye in order to correct any discrepancies in its focusing power. With LASIK treatment, any nearsightedness or farsightedness you’ve encountered before can be eliminated and you may no longer need to use glasses and contact lenses to see clearly.

The laser used in a LASIK treatment is known as an excimer which emits a concentrated beam of ultraviolet light using halide gases. It is designed to alter the shape of the cornea by removing some parts of it, and a doctor will need to exercise extreme caution to avoid inflicting any permanent damage to the eye. Choosing the best ophthalmologist for the treatment is highly recommended because an inexperienced practitioner may fail to correct your vision or worse, render you completely blind.

To improve your chances of a successful treatment, you should avoid wearing your prescription glasses and lenses for at least two weeks prior to the surgery to help your eyes adjust. Applying makeup, especially on your eyelashes, is also discouraged a day before your treatment to prevent the laser from triggering any unwanted chemical reactions in your skin. Finally, give your eyes plenty of rest, so you may want to avoid staring at the TV or the computer for a while. 

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