What could be more exhilarating than the improvement of our ability to see clearly without eyeglasses or contact lenses? Many people have discovered the joy of good natural vision, thanks to laser vision correction, a 15-minute treatment that uses a cool laser to reshape the surface of the eye.
Here are answers to the most often-asked questions about laser vision correction.
What is laser vision correction?
Laser vision correction is a non-incisional, painless, outpatient procedure that uses a cool laser beam to correct myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. The entire treatment usually lasts less than 15 minutes and the laser is used on the eye for less than 60 seconds.
Is laser vision correction safe?
According to James J. Salz, M.D., clinical professor of ophthalmology, University of Southern California, and a principal investigator for the VISX FDA trials of laser vision correction at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, "The clinical trial data indicate that laser vision correction is a safe and effective method to correct myopia and astigmatism. The treatment offers a high level of patient satisfaction. Because it utilizes a computer-controlled, cool beam of ultraviolet light, the laser is very reliable and very precise." Salz adds, "Laser vision correction takes eyecare into a high-tech arena where laser technology and computers replace scalpels and human ability to potentially free patients from a lifetime of eyeglasses and contact lenses."
What kind of results can be expected from laser vision correction?
Laser vision correction has been used worldwide for nearly a decade. A recent clinical study showed that 98 percent of all patients achieved 20/40 vision or better, the legal requirement to obtain a driver's license without glasses or contact lenses in most states.
Is laser vision correction painful?
The treatment itself is not painful. However, some patients may experience discomfort for a day or two after laser vision correction. In addition, there is the potential for temporary blurring, watering or sensitivity to bright lights, all of which result from corneal healing and disappear within two to three days. (NAPSI)