What is Laser Eye Surgery?

lasik patpitchayaNot everyone loves wearing glasses, especially when they think they have to because of the need for vision correction. Glasses often do not fit correctly. Sometimes they can get lost or broken. But there is a solution for many people. Laser eye surgery, performed by Dr. Beth Friedland – Park Ophthalmology, can correct a variety of vision problems and make glasses a memory. Many Triangle residents, especially those in our area of Raleigh and Durham, have worn glasses or contacts for many years.  Finding the idea of being free of those glasses is very appealing. Patients who have the procedure done might even achieve vision better than 20/20. There is however, a lot to know about LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) before making a decision. Here is a short course in laser eye surgery from the Triangle’s Eye Specialist.

LASIK is the most common type of refractive surgery, or surgery that changes the shape of the cornea. The surgery can correct:

  • Nearsightedness — Seeing objects clearly at close range with issues involving distance vision.
  • Farsightedness — Near vision is blurry; more clarity with distance.
  • Astigmatism —  Disruption of focus for near and distance vision.
  • Presbyopia — Age-related eye change that results in the gradual loss of the ability to actively change focus on nearby objects.

It is important to note that at Park Ophthalmology, we recommend trying glasses or contacts for most vision correction before trying surgery. But LASIK can be a great benefit for a lot of people.

However, every benefit has some risk and with LASIK surgery those risks can include:

  • Under correction: This sometimes occurs in individuals who are nearsighted. The surgery may not give perfect 20/20 vision, which means the possibility of corrective lenses or additional surgery.
  • Over correction: If the laser removes too much tissue from your eye, the result is an over correction, which can be somewhat challenging to repair.
  • Astigmatism: This occurs when the eye tissue is removed unevenly and the situation can require additional surgery.
  • Glare, halos and double vision: Any of these problems may occur. Some can be treated with eye drops, but others might require surgery.
  • Dry eyes: Some people may notice a temporary decrease in tear production after LASIK, resulting in dry eyes. Eye drops usually will help this issue during the first few months, but you may need another procedure if the problem is considered severe.

Please note that some patients are not good candidates for this procedure. As with any surgery, it’s important to talk to Dr. Beth at Park Ophthalmology about the pros and cons. Make sure to mention any health conditions, and be prepared to talk to her about any questions or concerns.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

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Locations in the Triangle NC:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

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