Laser eye treatments are the newest and advanced method of treating refractive errors and providing improved vision. But getting to know which type of laser eye surgery suits you is the biggest challenge for any patient.
To help you understand better, here are the details of the laser eye treatments and certain relevant factors.
Laser in-situ Keratomileusis
LASIK is a very popular laser eye treatment that has helped many eye patients in treating near and farsightedness. This method involves cutting the corneal flap of tissue and reshaping the cornea using an excimer laser and femtosecond laser. But not all eye patients are the right candidate for LASIK.
Only an ophthalmologist with LASIK experience can guide you regarding this treatment process.
This is a more updated version of the basic LASIK surgery. In this method, the ophthalmologist uses three-dimensional computer-generated images to properly understand the shape and condition of the cornea. The images help precise and accurate procedure and the treatment becomes more customized.
The SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction is a method in which only one type of laser instrument is used. It does not involve cutting a corneal flap. This method creates a disk-shaped tissue and removes the lenticule from the cornea. The process is simple and fast and does not require stitches. If an eye patient’s candidacy is unsuitable for LASIK, the doctor may suggest for SMILE.
In this method, instead of creating a flap the entire epithelial covering is removed and then the laser reshapes the cornea. During the healing process of the cornea, the patient needs to wear soft contacts to protect the eye. Like LASIK, PK is not an option for every eye patient.
Laser epithelial keratomileusis is a process that is almost similar to PK. The only difference is that the epithelial is not removed and used as a corneal flap.
What Are the Risks Involved in Laser Treatments?
Laser surgeries involve certain risk and complications like any other surgeries do. But the risk percentage is very less in laser-guided treatments. The success rate varies depending upon the patient’s eye condition and other medical conditions. But there are always higher rates of success in laser treatments than traditional eye treatments.
For the best eye laser treatments one has to find the right doctor and then the suitable eye clinic. Chances of guaranteed success depend upon the surgeon’s efficiency and experience and the instruments used
Cost of Laser Eye Surgeries
The cost varies from hospital to hospital. Some of the factors that determine the cost are a type of hospital, facilities provided, doctor experience and a few others. The cost of laser treatment is comparatively less and affordable in India than in western countries. The best part is patients can avail excellent ophthalmologists and world-class medical facilities without spending huge amounts of money.
If you are looking for laser eye treatments, consult with an experienced eye specialist and discuss laser surgery that suits you. It is only through proper examinations that the doctor will recommend the most suitable treatment for your eye condition.