What we should know about laser vision correction?
Laser vision correction is a contemporary way to deal with some anomalies in eyesight. However, it cannot treat all vision defects. The patient who wants to say goodbye to eyeglasses undergoes a detailed examination when we determine if correction is possible. Every patient needs an individual strategy that defines the future state of their vision and depends entirely on the skills of the surgeon, not on the quality of the laser.
Laser vision correction is suitable for patients aged 20 to 40. In patients with myopia the best result is achieved in removal of glasses up to minus 6 diopters, in hypermetropia patients it is up to plus 4 diopters, and in astigmatism it is strictly individual. For other vision anomalies there are other solutions.
What contemporary methods for vision corrections do you apply in Doychinov Eye Center?
The contemporary methods for laser correction are improved old methods. The use of surface, noninvasive techniques like PRK, LASEK and TransPRK is getting more popular. All invasive procedures such as LASIK and SMILE are very risky, with later complications. LASIK is popular among patients because of its short recovery period but is unpopular among surgeons because of the surgery and post-surgery complications, the late ectasias, the early cataracts. The modern SMILE procedure is rather expensive and has a limited parameter of correction and inability for recorrection. Recorrection is necessary in 5-10% of the patients.
Tell us about the modern methods for prophylaxis in the clinic?
Prophylaxis of eye diseases is extremely important. I myself have a laser vision correction and know how the patient feels. It is very important that the patient is informed about all complications and risks of the treatment. I am strongly against keeping of information crucial for the patient. About laser correction one should know that it a physical modelling of the cornea surface, which is cosmetic and cannot prevent future development of myopia.
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