Why have cosmetic eye laser surgery? Get the pros and cons here.
As much as I hate the thought of a laser going anywhere near my delicate eyes, I can appreciate why many people decide to undergo laser eye surgery by choice. There are many advantages:
You never have to wear contact lenses or eyeglasses again.
You can do sports which may have been impossible before, things like watersports, extreme sports or heavy contact activities, where it may be too dangerous to wear contact lenses.
Similarly, additional work opportunities may now be available to you. If you want to join the military, for instance, in the US, you HAVE to undergo laser eye surgery as it's forbidden to wear contact lenses in combat situations.
Some people simply can't get on with contact lenses; their eyes may be too sensitive, too dry or they may cause glare and light problems.
People who work at a computer screen often have severe problems with contact lenses, so eye laser surgery can be an alternative.
Vision problems like cataracts can be corrected through eye surgery.
Save money on expensive glasses, lenses and contact lens solutions - though you may need a bank loan for the eye op!
For the best laser eye surgery, it's important to visit at least two clinics to find out whether the procedure is right for you and, more importantly, which method you should choose.
Just to get you started on the research, there's a choice of PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) or LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis) - a more modern from of PRK.
Then there's LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) with or without a blade...
Some clinics will try and entice you with adverts about "No Touch" laser eye surgery. All this means is that the surgery doesn't involve any cutting with a blade; you WILL, however, have your eye "touched" by clamps and other implements to lift the corneal flap out of the way.
So do you still want to opt for cosmetic eye laser surgery by choice? What are the downsides?
Discomfort during the operation.
Pain afterwards during the healing process - for some patients this necessitates medication.
Nightvision problems - this can be overcome with custom LASIK surgery.
Cost - it's very expensive, especially if you have to have corrective enhancement eye surgery.
You could still develop presbyopia later in life, requiring either further surgery or going back to glasses or contacts.