As an Orthopaedic Surgeon, I have worn glasses since I was about 9 years old. Hated them, every day of my life. I have 20/400 vision without them and so I was blind as a bat. I even had to put them on to find my way to the bathroom at night. I tried contacts but much to my dismay I discovered that I couldn’t operate with them. Problem was I had graduated to bifocals which initially were a trial by fire in and of itself but I adjusted. I couldn’t focus up close with standard contacts and I wasn’t interested in trying the bifocal type. So I wore contacts for social occasions and seeing my office patients but was always taking them off to operate.
Some side benefits of ilasik procedure that had little to do with my personal desire to have it done but are important to some include these seemingly small issues, small that is unless you are the guy or gal so afflicted. No more fogging up when you enter a building from the outside, no more adjusting the glasses on your nose, no more prescription sunglasses or diving masks, no more wiping off the lenses in a rain storm. Best of all, no more finding the darn things after you take them off and can’t see!!!!!!!!
I had heard a report of a fellow surgeon who had had Lasik surgery back a few years ago at the beginning of the turn of the millennium and some distance from home. He had a bad enough result that he could no longer operate. Needless to say, the risk of losing my livelihood did not bode well. So I shelved the idea once more.
Then my lovely wife of 30 plus years decided she had to have something done (unfortunately, it was not breast augmentation surgery but LASIK). Why, you may wonder. Simply because although she had never worn glasses till later in life, she eventually got to the point that she needed three pairs to function and couldn’t adapt to bifocals at all. So off to Lasik surgery by this time done by a local doctor in my area, a guy I knew and could trust. What, experiment on my wife, well why not?
Obviously, she loved it and I found the courage and abandon to go as well. The whole thing was simple, painless and quick. Good thing is that you know right then and there if it was a success or not. Sure, sure there are concerns. Apart from the very infrequent surgical disasters, some folks have had to return for a second go to tweak their correction, no big deal really.
There are choices, like monovision. Mono means one, in this case it means correcting one eye for near objects and one for far. Otherwise both eyes are corrected for distance which may mean that those over 40 might need reading glasses for close up vision. I opted to just get the best distance correction I could and still legally need glasses to drive but admittedly I can drive easily without them. I can read everything except very, very fine minuscule print without readers or magnifiers. I was so happy with my correction I did not pursue a tweak to perfect my distance vision at the cost of some near vision and the need for reading glasses as a result. But these are things you will need to discuss in depth with your physician.
I used to wear magnifiers I could see over the top of in the operating room in the beginning but gave that up in short order. Places like Santa Monica iLasik, specialize in LASIK surgery and all it variations and they have the most up to date technology, like Wavescan WaveFront mapping of the cornea, which in and of itself is a big deal.
Lasik procedures, like those done at iLasik center near Santa Monica, require the surgeon to make a flap on the cornea and then adjust the curve of the cornea beneath this flap. It is the creation of the flap that occasionally can cause the problems. Regular Lasik surgery uses a blade, like a scalpel blade where iLASIK uses the laser to create the flap cut.
Additionally Wave Front LASIK uses the laser and a wave front map of the corneal to make adjustments much more accurately that conventional LASIK surgery. So all things considered, it puts the patient in the best position to have a great result. There are mathematical formulas, called Fourier algorithms, that some surgeons use to calculate and thus estimate the amount of correction needed. VISX Wavescan WaveFront™ Diagnostics are used to create a map of the corneal surface, not unlike mapping the bottom of the ocean with sonar and seeing the subsea mounts and ditches, the same highs and lows of the corneal that need to be “adjusted”. Better maps make better outcomes to be sure. Visit iLasik center near Santa Monica, and get the details and get it done, now!