For many people, glasses and contact lenses are a daily part of life to help them achieve clear vision. However, with the advancement of technology, these tools can now be considered traditional methods. From the constant fear of broken frames or lost contacts to foggy lenses on a rainy day, choosing eyewear comes with its own set of limitations.
But what if there was a more permanent, reliable solution for vision correction? Revolutionizing the field of ophthalmology, laser eye treatments offered by innovative centers like Albemarle Eye Center have opened up new possibilities, promising a better quality of life free from the daily hassles of glasses and contacts.
What is Laser Eye Treatment?
Laser vision correction primarily encompasses two effective procedures: LASIK vision correction and laser cataract surgery.
LASIK Vision Correction is a popular and efficient method for treating refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The procedure reshapes the cornea—the clear front part of the eye—enabling it to focus light onto the retina. Managed by precision instruments and surgical skills, this painless outpatient procedure typically takes less than 15 minutes. Patients often report improved vision almost immediately post-surgery, and with an excellent success rate, LASIK is an appealing alternative to glasses and contacts.
Laser Cataract Surgery, on the other hand, is a sophisticated procedure designed to treat cataracts, a common age-related vision disorder. In this procedure, a laser makes an incision in the eye, and the cloudy lens (cataract) is then gently broken up and removed. A clear, artificial lens is inserted in its place to restore clear vision.
Benefits of Laser Eye Treatment
- Optical Freedom: Unlike glasses and contacts, which require constant care and regular replacement, laser eye treatment provides a long-term, hassle-free solution. This means you gain a life free of cleaning lenses or misplacing glasses.
- Long-Term Cost-Effectiveness: Laser eye treatments are not a one-stop solution; it’s a long-term investment in your eye health. When comparing the recurring expenses of glasses, contacts, and associated care products, laser treatment for the eyes can be a financially smart choice in the long run.
- Fast Recovery and Quick Results: Post-treatment, patients often report a significant improvement in vision. Also, the recovery period is typically short, allowing patients to resume regular activities soon after.
High Success Rate: 2016 studies signal that 99 percent of patients achieve better than 20/40 vision, and more than 90 percent achieve 20/20 or better (Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Vol. 42, Issue 8, August 2016, Pages 1224-1234). Additionally, LASIK has an unprecedented more than 95 percent patient satisfaction rate—the highest of any elective procedure.
How Laser Eye Treatment Works
Laser Eye Treatment is a quick and efficient procedure that follows a few simple steps:
- Preparation: The eye is first numbed with drops, and a device is used to keep your eyelids open.
- Creating the Flap: In LASIK, a tiny flap is formed on the cornea. In laser cataract surgery, a precise incision is made. The incision is made with The LenSx® femtosecond laser rather than a physical blade.
- Reshaping/Removing: For LASIK, the cornea is reshaped to correct vision. In cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is broken up and removed via lens fragmentation.
- Replacing/Positioning: During LASIK, the flap is repositioned, and the cornea begins to heal. In a cataract procedure, a clear artificial lens, an IOL (intraocular lens), replaces the old lens.
- Post-Procedure: Patients can usually return home the same day with improved vision and a short recovery period. Most patients recover within 24 hours.
Choosing the Right Laser Eye Surgery Center
Common patient concerns may revolve around fear of pain and potential complications. However, pain is rarely reported, and with laser technology and the experienced professionals at Albemarle’s laser cataract surgery center, complications are significantly minimized.
At Albemarle Eye Center, we offer high-quality laser eye treatments performed by our skilled team in our state-of-the-art facilities. Each patient is unique, and we provide personalized care to meet your specific needs.
For more information, contact our team at Albemarle Eye Center to receive expert guidance throughout the process. Book an appointment with us today!
**The information offered in this blog is not intended to substitute expert medical advice. Always seek a qualified healthcare professional for any questions or concerns you may have regarding your specific medical condition.**