In the past, patients with vision problems had no choice but to use glasses or contact lenses. For more than ten years now, the evolution of science has offered us an interesting alternative to effectively remedy various diseases of the retina and the crystalline lens, in particular eye surgery, which has been modernized over time.
OPTING FOR EYE SURGERY: WHY?
By definition, refractive surgery consists of correcting a whole range of optical power abnormalities of the eye while treating eye pathologies such as nearsightedness, astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, and so on. Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses as a means of correction, eye surgery is primarily aimed at defusing visual concerns while altering the structure of the eye in question. What’s more, the optician will make the eye totally or partially independent of a correction via glasses and contact lenses. In addition, there are various surgical options that can be offered depending on your personal situation. During the preoperative consultation, the surgeon will tell the patient the most suitable technique and all the necessary information.
OPHTHALMOLOGIC SURGERY, IT CHANGES FROM DAY TO DAY
In fact, all the techniques used are technically sophisticated, since ophthalmologic surgery includes a whole range of operations that consist mainly of using the laser, but also robotics and computers to effectively correct the cornea. On the other hand, there are procedures that are not done using a laser, such as corneal transplants, which can restore normal vision. For this type of procedure, the surgeon opts for tools that allow extremely precise lamellar cuts. But whatever the technique proposed by the surgeon, ophthalmologic surgery is fast and is performed on an outpatient basis. The use of a topical eye drops anaesthetic makes it particularly painless. Speaking of ocular surgery procedures, there is the refractive photokeratectomy (PKR), the LASIK procedure which is similar to the previous one, the LASEK and the epiLasik: two more recent procedures and the IOL (intraocular lens).
EYE SURGERY IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE DELICATE
Despite its commonplace nature and the good results obtained, eye surgery, even with the progress in surgical technique and local anaesthesia used, remains a very delicate operation which will not necessarily be as risk-free as any surgical procedure. What’s more, it does not promise 100% vision and after the operation, the patient may even need corrective lenses. After laser surgery, most patients need only a few days to recover. On the other hand, some people experience side effects such as visual disturbances (halos), night vision problems, dry eyes, etc.