Qualified Candidates for Laser Eye Surgery May Increase

Although there is an increased controversy on the safety and long term effect of laser eye surgery among those who went through the medical procedure, an in depth study on the matter is being conducted to understand the procedure and its effects better. According to those who are doubtful of the surgical procedure, the process may be incurring more harm than good among those who subject themselves to the treatment. However, based on the recent findings of Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, their studies reveal that there is no long term damage on the lining of the corneal cells which is associated to laser surgery.

The study was conducted before an actual laser eye surgery and nine years following the procedure. Before the surgery, pictures were taken on the endothelial cells of the cornea. Every year, the endothelial cells of the patients were taken pictures for 9 years to accurately monitor their development. For comparison purposes, a set of individuals who did not go through laser eye surgery were taken images of their endothelial cells as well.

According to the study, a 5.3% reduction of the density of the endothelial cells over 9 years was noticed among those who had laser eye surgery. One could say that this is quite high. However, if placed alongside with the 0.6% decline of endothelial cells per year among those who did not have laser eye surgery, the result would be similar to those who had laser eye surgery if the yearly decline would be added to 9 years.

The scientific experiment focused among those who went through PRK or photorefractive keratectomy and LASIK or Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. This provided hopes and reassurances among those who need donated tissues to treat corneal problems such as posterior lamellar keratoplasty. Based on the extensive research of the time focussing on corneal transplant, anyone who has gone through laser eye treatment are qualified to go through cornea transplant surgery. It is then recommended for patients to talk with their doctors to determine if they are fit to undergo the procedure or not.

Are You A Laser Eye Surgery Candidate?

The surgical procedure of laser eye surgery is considered as one of the latest and highly effective eye corrective measures in the medical field today. However, not everyone can take advantage of this medical breakthrough. Only those who are fit can undergo through this procedure.

Here are some things to be considered before deciding to take the surgery:

• There are employers who prohibit their employees to go through this type of surgical procedure or any vision enhancement surgeries. Similarly, there are also fields that require 20/20 vision and their employees should have not gone through the surgical process such as aircraft pilots and police force.

• The procedure of laser eye surgery comes with risks and potential complications. You should be ready for these risks and should know how to avoid them. Take note that even this eye treatment which is considered to be very safe still has its share of complications. Talk to your doctor about it to ensure that you are fully aware of what you will go through.

LASIK and other eye surgery procedure can be costly. Thus, discuss with your doctors of the estimated amount of the procedure and check with your insurance company if the procedure would be covered. Ask your doctors if they know of a financial scheme or discounts that could minimize your expenses.

• Laser eye surgery would not be conducted on individuals who were asked by their ophthalmologists to change their eyeglasses frame within the last 12 months due to increase or decrease of grade. If your eye grade changed within the period, inform your doctor about this and for sure, your laser eye surgery would be rescheduled.

• LASIK is also not conducted among individuals who have not reached the age of 20. Even those with parental consent would not be conducted upon because the eye doesn’t stop growing until the age of 20. Those who are below 20 still have the possibility of having their eye corrected naturally so surgical procedure is highly discouraged.

• Individuals who have Type I and Type II diabetes are usually poor candidates for laser eye surgery. Their hormones fluctuate in frequent manner and this affects the quality of their eyesight.

• Lactating and pregnant women are also asked to reschedule the treatment to a later time.