LASIK surgery can be successfully used to correct hyperopia or farsightedness. First, a thin flap is created on the cornea with the aid of laser or blade. The flap is then raised and laser is directed at the peripheral corneal tissue. The laser treats the corneal periphery and changes the cornea to make it steeper. The laser is controlled precisely to only remove the required amount of corneal tissue without causing any damage to the surrounding tissues. The flap is then re-placed, which makes quick healing possible.
After the surgery
People are usually able to see the very next day after surgery. The amount of pain experienced after the surgery is also negligible. The doctors may ask the patients to return for a follow-up appointment within a couple of days after the surgery. Also, regular follow-up exams are scheduled for the next six months. People sometimes do experience irritation and excessive tearing following the surgery. The physicians sometimes ask the patients to wear an eye shield, and prescribe medicine to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.
Activities that can get water in the eye such as swimming and shampooing must be avoided for a few days. Also patients are expected to refrain from eye makeup and heavy physical activity during the healing period. No driving is allowed until the haziness and blurring of vision are clear.
The effectiveness of surgery
The long-term outcomes of the surgery are not fully known yet, and this is a relatively new surgery that was approved by the FDA only in the year 2000. However, there have been continuous developments in ophthalmology making LASIK surgery one of the most preferred ways to correct farsightedness.
In the short term, LASIK surgery in Detroit has proved very effective in mild-to-moderate cases of farsightedness. But, it is not preferred or considered safe for people with severe farsightedness. The chance of developing any serious complications after the surgery is very low, and the risk is further reduced when patients get the surgery done through experienced surgeons.
Possible side effects
The chances of developing certain complications, which are not a commonplace and can be treated effectively, are as follows:
Increased sensitivity to light
Problems with night vision
Double vision in one or both eyes
Wrinkling of the corneal flap
Dry eye symptoms
Keratitis or corneal infection
Increased pressure inside the eyes leading to glaucoma
Night vision problems
Loss of best corrected vision
Regular checkup and adhering to the physician’s guidelines are usually enough to prevent these complications.