Richardson Laser eye surgeries have been gaining more and more popularity since it started. Today, there are different types of treatments for their specific purpose. Most treatments correct more than one problem when present, and laser eye treatments are getting cheaper by the minute and are safer than the procedures offered years ago.
The most popular and safe type of treatment is the refractive Richardson LASIK eye surgery. LASIK stands for Laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis and is a very fast procedure that lasts about 5 to 15 minutes with immediate results. LASIK is performed by reshaping the cornea of the eye with a laser; it corrects numerous types of refractive eye disorders and is very comfortable after its fast healing.
Another type of laser treatments is LASEK, which is similar to LASIK, except that the surgeon cuts only the epithelium flap. Although this type of laser eye surgery is becoming popular, it is not as convenient as LASIK and it does require more healing time after surgery.
For farsightedness, Laser Thermal Keratoplasty (known as LTK) is a 3 second procedure that shrinks collagen in the cornea. Just like Scleral Expansion Bands, Laser Thermal Keratoplasty can also be used to correct presbyopia.
However, just like every other Richardson surgery, there are frequent concerns. One of the most discussed concerns about laser eye surgery is the risks involved. Fortunately, today, Laser eye surgery is safer and is one of the safest procedures in the medical field. Some patients that undergo laser eye surgery can return to work as soon as the first day afterwards; others, at most as three days after surgery. A typical laser eye surgery can last from 10 seconds to 20 minutes depending on how much work that needs to be done.
Eye Surgery Risks
Risks involved with laser eye treatment include Regression, Flap damage/loss, distorted flap, incomplete procedure, under-correction/over-correction, etc. However, these risks, if present, are easily corrected by a repeat procedure, a flap replacement/repair or with the continuous use of corrective lenses/glasses. In other cases, when a treatment goes perfectly, there might also be other risks, such as dissatisfaction by patients (especially older patients), etc. There is also no possible way to have good distance vision and good near vision for patients that are used to relying on their eye disorder (especially older patients that have been treated of myopia).
To be eligible for laser treatment, a patient must be at least 18 years old (21 in some cases, since the eyes are still growing), are knowledgeable about the risks and benefits involved with having laser eye surgery, have no eye disease or corneal scars or other retinal problems, are aware that the costs might have to be out-of-pocket since most health insurances do not cover this in their policies, and have myopia (nearsightedness) within the range of treatment.
Richardson Laser eye treatments is a permanent procedure, but may wear as the patient ages. Eye elasticity wears with age for any normal individual with or without eye problems; therefore, re-treatment might be necessary. You are free to do anything you please after surgery, just remember not to rub your eyes until the doctor confirms it is okay to do so.