If you have uncomplicated vision trouble, such as farsightedness or nearsightedness with or without astigmatism, you may be eligible for LASIK. LASIK stands for Laser Assisted in-situ Keratomileusis. LASIK is one of the most revolutionary vision treatments to happen in the last century and remains the fastest growing eye-correction surgery. Those who elect to have LASIK can look forward to having perfect or near perfect vision after surgery. The Los Angeles LASIK surgeon or Beverly Hills LASIK surgeon you choose will use what is called an Excimer laser to complete this procedure, which requires a relatively short surgery time.
The surgeon will begin by using a microkeratome (a motorized type of blade) to make a tiny flap in the cornea. Once this protective flap is created the Excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea. The cornea is responsible for causing the vision distortions we know as farsightedness and nearsightedness, as well as presbyopia, which occurs when adults reach about age 45, requiring use of bifocals. The cornea causes each of these conditions by becoming misshapen. Once the cornea is corrected, the tiny flap that was opened earlier is moved gently back into place, requiring no stitches to hold it in place.
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You may be wondering if you are a good candidate for the LASIK surgery. Any prospective surgeon will tell you that, in general, you should have had no change in your eyeglasses or contacts for at least one year and you are unhappy with having to wear them. To have the LASIK procedure, you should have no corneal diseases, like keratoconus, a degenerative disorder of the eye in which the cornea becomes abnormally thin and tends to bulge irregularly. People who suffer with autoimmune diseases are also unable to have LASIK. And, you should be over the age of 18, when vision has fully stabilized. Other factors may also apply to whether or not you are a good LASIK candidate and the surgeon will discuss all of those with you.
While there are a great number of surgeons offering LASIK in the great Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area, not all of them are as trained or as experienced as some others may be. It’s a really good idea to set up several consultations after speaking with your own friends and family members who may have also had the procedure performed. It’s perfectly okay for you to ask during consultation about the surgeon’s training, including any specialized training and board certifications, and his or her experience. In truth, most surgeon’s will appreciate that you are someone who is fully involved in their own health care and willing to go the extra mile to ascertain who you feel is a right fit for you.
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