Have you seen commercials for laser eye surgery and wondered, “Am I a LASIK candidate?” Laser eye surgery actually reshapes the cornea in order to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness. No surgery is without risks. Laser eye surgery complications have the potential to leave you with worse sight. Before you decide you should know about laser eye surgery complications. The surgeon could under correct or over correct your vision requiring a second surgery. Other laser eye surgery risks include infection and dry eyes. Laser eye surgery complications can also result in your vision being less clear or causing astigmatism. You can help avoid laser eye surgery complications by checking to see if you are a good candidate, and following your surgeon’s instructions carefully before and after surgery. Depending on the type of laser eye surgery, a noticeable improvement in vision occurs in a few days or weeks.
A cataract occurs when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts often come with aging. The only way to remove a cataract is with surgery. Refractive cataract surgery is not the same as laser eye surgery. In this surgery, the lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens. A small incision is made near the edge of the cornea. Ultrasound is used to break up the cataract. The cataract debris is flushed away. The new lens is put in place. The incision is so small that stitches are not required. Patients’ vision after cataract surgery shows nearly immediate improvement. There are different types of intraocular lenses from which to choose. There are lenses that prevent ultraviolet light from passing through and reaching the retina. There are lenses that can correct distance vision. Because the shape of both the lens and the eye affect how well you see, it is possible that you will still need glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery.