Knowing the details about a laser eye surgery procedure can help you understand what cataract surgery entails.
What is Cataract Surgery?
The lens of your eye can become cloudy due to cataracts, affecting your eyesight. Cataract surgery is used to treat the affected eye by implanting an artificial lens. An eye doctor, also known as an ophthalmologist, usually performs the surgery. The cataract procedure can be traditionally done using an ultrasound probe or by using laser-assisted technology.
What is the Purpose of Cataract Laser Eye Surgery?
The cataract procedure is mainly performed to treat blurry vision as a result of cataracts. However, in most cases, waiting for some time before undergoing surgery will not cause any harm to your eye. When ... Read More
Most people associate any type of surgery with an invasive procedure involving many risks, pain, and lengthy recovery time. However, laser eye surgery is different, particularly the Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK eye surgery.
Read on to learn why some people need PRK and find out what you should do after the procedure to aid your recovery.
When do Eye Surgeons Recommend PRK Laser Eye Surgery?
The following circumstances can make LASIK procedures less successful, which is why your eye surgeon may recommend a PRK treatment.
Insufficient corneal thickness.
Soft corneas that could get bent during the surgery.
A profession that comes with a higher risk of getting hit in the eyes.
What Should You Expect After PRK Eye Surgery?
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Keratoconus is a disease that causes the cornea, which is normally round, to thin and bulge into a cone shape. This altered shape creates distortions in the vision. To treat this, a corneal cross-linking procedure may be done. Corneal cross-linking, also sometimes referred to as CXL, is an in-office, outpatient procedure that helps to correct and strengthen the cornea after it has been affected by keratoconus.
What Is Corneal Cross-Linking, and How Is It Performed?
A corneal cross-linking procedure involves creating links between the collagen fibres in the cornea. It is done in two steps. The first involves applying liquid riboflavin to the eye’s surface followed by exposure to a UV light. This procedure is minimally invasive and is done ... Read More
The Laser is Hot –The lasers used to perform eye surgery are cold. You may have heard or been told that there is a burning smell during the procedure as well. This is caused by the laser releasing carbon atoms and is not something to worry about.
The Procedure is Painful – You will be given anesthetic drops before the procedure, so you often won’t feel anything. In the days following surgery, you may feel some discomfort, but it will pass as your eyes heal.
It Isn’t Permanent – Any change made to your cornea during surgery is permanent. Your vision, however, may continue to change as you age just as it would if you hadn’t received treatment.
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Shortsightedness, also known as myopia, is one of the most common refractive errors. It happens from a combination of both genetic and environmental factors affecting the normal growth of the eye, causing it to become longer than average or result in a steep curvature of the cornea.
In the eye of a shortsighted person, light entering doesn’t focus on the retina, but instead in front of it, making objects further away appear blurry and not focused. Approximately 30% of Canadians are affected by myopia to some extent, whether mildly or seriously. The rate is increasing however with the use of modern technology. Some vision experts claim that all the time people spend looking at cell phones and computer screens at ... Read More