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December 5th 07, 02:50 PM

LASIK is a surgical procedure for reducing or removing a person's
dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Infact LASIK is the vision
correction surgery, (i.e. eye surgeries for improving vision,
refractive surgery)
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. This
permanently changes the shape of the cornea. A knife microkeratome,
used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this
flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middle
of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a
portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced. A laser is used to
reshape the cornea to alter the way light rays enter the eye for
achieving focus.
There are many variations of laser based eye operation. Remember that
basic procedure Is same. Other variations are given below:

LASIK, which requires more corneal tissue for success. It is a
relatively new procedure;

Epi-LASIK is like LASEK in that the flap is cut only in the
epithelium, the surgeon only uses an epikeratome, a separator that
creates an epithelial sheet. patients feel less pain than alcohol

All Laser LASIK An additional laser instead of a bladed instrument is
used to create the flap in the front of the eye.

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) an excimer laser is used to remove
tissue from the surface of the cornea. This removal results in a new
shape, ans reduces vision problem. PRK takes less than one minute per
eye. No flap is cut as occurs with LASIK.

Cost of LASIK and Other Corrective Eye Surgery

Cost affects the decision of a person about any operation, specially
if you are in New York. In last 4-5 years , New York cost of Lasik Is
increased by 50-70%.only three percent of LASIK procedures are
performed for less than $1,000 per eye. In the first quarter of 2006
it was $2,052. )In 2002 it was $1,500 - $1,600. In 2003 it had risen
to $1,700; and at the end of 2004, it was a little over $1,800; and
2005 it was $2000.
average price for LASIK is approximately $2,000.This is a fair
estimate. But before
lasik, always Read the fine print for possible hidden costs.Infact
Florida's Attorney General has announced a settlement with Lasik
Vision Institute about actual cost of eye surgeries as given in the
company's advertisements.

How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon

Generally there are some fixed questions which you can ask to your
surgeon. This will roughly give you an idea about surgeon accuracy as
well as operation suitability. Please Read them carefully:
A) he or she is associated with an academic medical center, such as a
teaching hospital or one that is well-known for advanced technology.
are more likely to keep up with current information, new procedures .
B) Choose a doctor who is a Fellow of the American College of
C) Ask for a referral from your regular eye care practitioner,
an optometrist or an ophthalmologist.
D) Call refractive surgery centers in your area; In New york you'll
find them in the Yellow Pages.

Now after choosing a surgeon, it's time for a little interview of
surgeon. You should ask following questions:
A) How with the same equipment, and the same refractive error, has he
performed many refractive procedures?
B) Has he done more than 500 Procedures?
C) Has he performing refractive surgery procedures more than three
D) Can he provide the contact information of at least ten previous
E) Have you ever had malpractice insurance coverage denied?
F) Have you been convicted of a felony?
H) License to perform refractive surgery revoked(should not be
suspended or restricted)?
I) what percentage achieved 20/20 or better?

How long does LASIK take?

The laser treatment itself usually takes less than a minute, while
entire procedure takes around 15 minutes per eye.

Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

Yes, most surgeons perform the procedure on both eyes at the same
time; however, some patients prefer to wait a week between eyes.

Are LASIK safe?

difficulties such as dry eyes and nighttime glare is around 3% to 5%,
while the risk of serious incidents such as lost vision is thought to
be less than 1%. At least in New york There are no known cases of
blindness from LASIK or PRK.

Are there any side effects?

Dry eye, starbursts or halos around lights this effect disappears
time in 98% cases.

Safe Lasik:

There is a myth around people that due to a minor mistake, you can be
blind.That the way people think because shape of the cornea is
permanently. but do you know that the laser treats your eye in a
fraction of a second. So that You can't move your head during that
duration. Laser reaches its correct destination.If you believe on
records then certainly you should not be any doubt why It is so
popular in entire U.S.A. .

Lasik:A Painless Surgical Procedure

Often it is seen that most of the people avoids operation because it
may cause them pain.But infact these are old days stories.Today most
of us well knows that a wide range of drugs are avilable which makes
our mind senseless about pain.In Lasik Anaesthetic eye drops are
used.No injection at all dear.Some may report lash rubbing the eye
for some hours only.Next day it will be alright.
Even it is seen that sometimes patient ask doctor "Has operation
really finished?"So at least pain is no reason for you to avoid lasik

Does age Matter?

The question is - can I have lasik surgery in any age or it has any
rules. If you are under 18 then i will definitely not suggest you for
this surgery. Please use other options until you are at least 18
old. But better if you go for it after 21-22.But why? Because the
shape of the cornea and other internal eye parts changes during
adolescence. If you get a successful operation during adolescence and
get corrected your vision problem then most probably you will face it
in again after some years. And no doubt, no Ophthalmologist will
suggest you to go for this again. Then what to do? A simple answer is
waiting and use other alternative like contact lenses. Well, believe
me, that is not too bad.