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One of the most cutting edge eye procedures which has been very successful in practice and has been loved by millions of patients is LASIK. LASIK is a form of eye surgery performed with the help of a precise laser and is very effective in correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness as well as astigmatism (imperfections with the shape of the cornea). With any such procedure, there are bound to be myths which arise out of misconceptions. Some of those myths as well as the advantages of LASIK have ben enumerated below:
Myth # 1 – Lasik can only be performed up to a certain age
Many people think that LASIK cannot be performed on people of advanced age. This is a misconception as LASIK has been performed on people above 90 as well. There are some considerations however, such as the health of the person and the condition of the eyes. If there are no medical objections, then LASIK can be performed regardless of the age of the person. Doctors also tend to wait till young adulthood (around 18-20 years of age) before performing LASIK. However, LASIK procedures have been performed on young children with severe vision problems as well.
Myth # 2 – The technology behind LASIK is too new and thus not yet perfected
This is yet another commonly propagated myth about LASIK. The technology for this procedure has been around for quite some time and has ben performed with increasing regularity since the 1980s. There have been multiple long term studies done on people who underwent LASIK surgery and almost all of them have had favorable results both in the short term as well as the long term. It is a properly established field and means of treatment within ophthalmology and is subject to the same stringent standards testing as other treatments within the field of medicine.
Myth # 3 – LASIK can cause many complications such as dry eyes and night glares
Any surgical procedure has a certain chance of complications occurring. However, LASIK tends to have very low occurrences of complications. What many people tend to confuse complications with is the normal healing procedure. Dry eyes and night glares usually occur after the first few weeks of the procedure and is part of the healing process of the body. It usually tends to go way with the first few months itself.
Myth # 4 – Contact lenses are better than LASIK
While contact lenses do serve a purpose in correcting vision, they can often contribute to eye infections as well as irritations and headaches. Also contact lenses need to be changed every few weeks or so. LASIK surgery eliminates all of these hassles and you can have perfectly clear vision without having to worry about all the problems that contact lenses bring with them.
Myth # 5 – The LASIK procedure is painful
No other myth is farther from the truth. In this procedure, the surgeon creates a thin flap like structure out of the tissue within the cornea with the help of a laser. This layer is then used to reshape the cornea and thus correct vision problems. Antiseptic and numbing eye drops are used when performing this surgery which results in minimal discomfort that only stays during the initial stages. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ophthalmologist and ask a free question.
Sir I am having a redness these days in my eyes and sometimes my eyes also start paining so what can I do to overcome this.
Eye floaters are tiny spots or "cobwebs" that drift aimlessly around in your field of vision.
Though harmless yet very annoying, these eye floaters are very common.
Eye has two compartments : Anterior and Posterior. Posterior compartment is mostly filled with a gel-like substance known as vitreous. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of vitreous is water and the major extracellular matrix (ECM) macromolecules are collagen type II and hyaluronic acid. With age, the protein fibres that make up the vitreous shrink down to little shreds that clump together which cast shadows on the retina when light enters the eye which is appreciated as floaters. When eye and the vitreous gel inside the eye moves, these clumps move thereby their shadows drift which gives the impression of floaters. Eye floaters are particularly pronounced if you gaze at a white or light-coloured background.
Are Eye Floaters A Medical Emergency?
A few floaters are not a cause for concern. However, when there is a shower of floaters especially if accompanied by flashes of light, get retina evaluation by retina specialist immediately. This could appear when the retina is becoming dislodged commonly known as retinal detachment. A recent study showed that sudden appearance of eye floaters and/or flashes of light were initial symptoms of a torn retina in 8.9% patients. In that case, consult retina specialist and get proper treatment on an emergency basis.
Other conditions associated with Eye Floaters:
- Posterior vitreous detachment
- Vitreous haemorrhage
- Inflammation in the posterior segment of eye
- YAG laser capsulotomy etc.
How To Get Rid Of Eye Floaters?
Majority of eye floaters are annoying but harmless. If avoided, these usually fade and become less bothersome. So, no treatment is required in a majority of cases. Treatment is usually advised for large persistent floaters.
Treatment options include:
- Surgery: Vitrectomy wherein some or all of the vitreous containing floaters is removed from the eye however the risks of a vitrectomy usually outweigh the benefits. Risks include surgically induced retinal detachment, eye infections etc. For these reasons, we do not recommend vitrectomy to treat eye floaters
- Laser Treatment: Laser vitreolysis is a safer alternative for eye floater treatment. A laser beam is focused on large floaters, which breaks them apart and/or frequently vaporizes them so they disappear or become much less bothersome.