I have worn glasses nearly my whole life, so when I heard about laser vision correction, I was excited to explore this possibility. Imagine the ease of waking in the morning without having to grope blindly for the glasses, or spend time putting in contacts every day! But before I jumped into any type of surgical procedure, I had a lot of questions -- about pricing, risks, and the benefits of the procedure.
The first step was to determine if I was even a candidate for laser vision correction in the first place. I found out that there are some basic criteria that are used for this purpose. First, I had to be an adult with healthy eyes. I needed to have stable eyesight for a year or more, and my prescription had to fall within a particular range to be eligible for any of the procedures.
As far as the risks went, my mind was quickly put to rest when I discovered that laser vision correction actually carries a very low risk factor. There are different types of procedures that work in a variety of situations that help to make the process safer, and the fact that I qualified for the procedure in the first place meant that my risk was relatively low.
There are a number of different types of procedures available, including LASIK, PRK, and CK. All of these letters stand for different ways that the cornea is reshaped in order to improve the focusing power of the eye. The doctor that will perform your procedure will do a thorough pre-op evaluation to determine whether laser vision correction is right for you, and which type will be the most effective.
To be honest, I was a little (okay, a lot) worried about the level of discomfort before and after the procedure. I was relieved to find that the majority of patients experience absolutely no pain with any type of laser vision correction during the procedure because eye drop anesthesia is used. After the procedure, some people had minor discomfort that felt like an eyelash was in the eye.
Here's the best part of laser vision correction. Many people that undergo the process report eyesight improvement right away. Right away! And these improvements may continue as your eyes heal even more. In fact, some folks are able to return to work the next day, which I found surprising. I was sold on the process, and am now looking forward to my own procedure in the not-so-distant future.
If you have been thinking about this type of surgery, check the websites for many of the clinics that offer these procedures. You can collect enough information to help you make an educated decision as to whether laser vision correction is the right choice for you.