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You may have heard of LASIK surgery in relation to vision. LASIK is an eye surgery that uses lasers to correct vision. Ophthalmologists perform the procedure and use a laser to create a flap of sorts on the eye. A flap is cut on the cornea of the eye and then this flap is reshaped and repositioned so that vision is changed. Once the corneal tissue is removed, the focusing power of the cornea changes. [1] Of course, it should be noted that this is a serious surgery. While those who opt for LASIK usually no longer need to wear glasses of any kind, whether designer eyeglasses or cheap eyeglasses, the fact remains that LASIK eye surgery is surgery and comes with a some risk factors.

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LASIK surgery surprisingly has a history that dates back to the 1950’s when early experiments were conducted. The technology has, of course, evolved dramatically in the decades since, and now millions of procedures have been completed around the world. [2]

Most people are ultimately satisfied with their LASIK surgery results, at least over the short run. However, what is lesser known is that a sizable percentage of people that opt for LASIK surgery have to have additional treatments in order to achieve the results that they desire.

The medical community views LASIK as being very safe. Safety comparisons are often made between those who wear contact lenses and those who have LASIK eye surgery. In those comparisons, it is pointed out that there is less risk of a serious infection in the LASIK group.

There is one potentially large problem with LASIK that must be addressed. People do have serious complication from LASIK surgery. Complications range from the development of a hole in the macular area of the eye to double images to light sensitivity and floaters. [3] Often these complications can be life changing for patients that experience them. None of this is to state that LASIK surgery is not a viable procedure and is not approved by the medical community- for it is. However, it is vital that those considering LASIK surgery realize that it is not a risk-free surgery.

Whether or not you should opt for LASIK surgery is a personal decision and it is a decision that should be based on a good deal or research and reflection. In short, no one should rush into corrective eye surgery. Should the medical industry be doing a better job of informing patients about the risk of LASIK surgery? The argument can be made that the medical community should do more to outline the extent to which some LASIK surgeries do not go as planned. After all, this is an elective surgery, and there are other options ranging from eyeglasses to contact lenses to other procedures. All patients should be well aware that there exists a range of potential problems due to LASIK surgery.

1. http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/surgeryandlifesupport/lasik/ucm061358.htm
2. http://www.laser-eye-surgery-statistics.com/number-lasik-volume-number-of-lasik-surgeries.php
3. http://www.seewithlasik.com/docs/lasik-risks.html

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