LASIK is a common surgical procedure that is quite effective in restoring visual acuity. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), nine out of every ten patients who undergo this procedure achieve 20/20 to 20/40 vision. Below is some more information about LASIK surgery along with the qualities of a professional LASIK surgeon.
An Overview of LASIK Surgery
Simply put, LASIK surgery is a procedure used to change the shape of the cornea permanently using a laser device. During this procedure, LASIK surgeons use a laser device called a keratome, or microkeratome, to make an incision in the patient’s cornea. The ophthalmologist then lifts the cornea to reveal the layer underneath, called stroma (middle cornea section). After this, the ophthalmologist uses light from a computer-controlled laser device to vaporize part of the stroma layer, and finally replaces the cut flap.
Firstly, LASIK surgery is more precise and accurate compared to other procedures used to correct vision. In addition, it is generally less painful, thanks to the use of computer-controlled laser devices to make precise incisions. In fact, patients generally recover quickly after undergoing this procedure. More importantly, patients can undergo further surgery to correct vision problems even years after the initial surgery.
An Overview of Ophthalmologists (LASIK Surgeons)
Ophthalmologists start their career by completing four years of medical school studies. During the final year of medical school, interested students apply for enrollment in a surgical ophthalmology residency program that lasts four more years. During this period, students learn about the structure of the eye, how the eye works, medical conditions that affect the eye, diagnosing eye diseases, as well as medications and treatments for various eye conditions. After training, students are usually required to complete a one-year residency in a medical facility that treats patients with visual problems; and even more years of training for those interested in becoming cornea eye specialists. By the end of this study period, ophthalmologists will have the knowledge and skills required to treat patients and perform surgeries.
How to select the right LASIK Surgeon
Of course, there are factors you should consider carefully before selecting a LASIK surgeon. These factors include:
The Food and Drug Administration recommends selecting an experienced surgeon to reduce the risk of developing post-surgery complications such as subconjunctival hemorrhage. It’s also important the his or her experience is validated by positive patient reviews and conduct ratings.
Pre and post-surgery care
Look for a surgeon who offers both pre and post-operative care. Alternatively, choose a surgeon who can recommend a suitable physician for pre- and post-operative care.
You should select a surgeon who is a good communicator. This means the surgeon should be willing to spend time explaining the LASIK procedure, its pros and cons, costs, and answering all the questions you may have.
Since this procedure is done using specialized equipment, make sure your surgeon has a well-equipped eye clinic with the latest innovative tools.
LASIK surgery or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis is a procedure that involves re-shaping of the cornea to correct refractive errors. The surgeons (ophthalmologists) who specialize in this surgical procedure go through four years of medical school before joining ophthalmology residency programs lasting four more years.
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