When to Consider Laser Treatment

November 23, 2012

Medicine

When to Consider Laser Treatment

When to Consider Laser Treatment

Some of you might think this is a trick question: When to consider laser treatment? Well, obviously if you are long or short-sighted! This is of course the right medical circumstances under which to consider having your eyesight corrected with laser surgery, but there are plenty of other things to think about – and which sometimes mistakenly put people off the procedure who could otherwise benefit greatly. Having 20:20 vision is fantastic, and to enjoy it once again without the need for fragile and fiddly glasses or contact lenses is a fantastic opportunity.

30 Years of success

Laser eye surgery was first introduced into general use in the 1980s, when it was seen as not only prohibitively expensive for most patients, but also something of a risky treatment, with no knowledge of the possible long-term effects. Now, some 30 years later, its popularity has grown, just as prices have fallen and availability has widened. Best of all, we now know that there are little or no long-term side effects – particularly since refinements to both the technology involved and the surgical techniques involved have come on in leaps and bounds over the past few decades.

Over 8 in 10 people are suitable for treatment

Nowadays, more than 100,000 people across Britain every year opt for laser eye treatment – and opticians have found that around 85% of people getting by with glasses or lenses are perfectly suitable for the treatment, and even more if you count those many people every day that are newly prescribed corrective lenses. The simple answer to our question is: the best time to consider laser treatment is now. But there are still certain things to mull over before making a final decision.

Easy, quick, painless and permanent surgery

The first thing to know is the basic facts about the treatment – how long does it take, how long does it take to recover, does it hurt and what are the other risks. In fact, laser treatment is incredibly fast, with most operations only lasting a few minutes, and recovery time is only a little slower, with most patients out and about in only a day or two. The treatment itself is painless, needle-free and there are no risks from general anaesthetic, since painkillers are administered in the form of eye drops.

Best of all, the treatment is permanent and means a goodbye to constant refitting for new lenses and frames; for check-ups to see if your prescription has changed and naturally an end to the frustrations of less-than-perfect vision. Why not find out what the clinics in your area are offering?

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When to Consider Laser Treatment


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