Research on LASIK

Presenting my own LASIK surgery experienceWhen starting such an important process as LASIK surgery (on which your sight is affected) it is crucial to get as many information as you can. You might want to bing it, to Google it and also ask your friends about it. Also discuss with professionals! You never know when you will find someone who already had it and can give their own personal impression.

I found a lot of information on the Softpedia forum, in an interesting article How to "Fix" Your Vision? and a very large list of discussions (in Romanian). I read a lot of advices pros and cons like:

  • All about vision: “Choosing the right eye surgeon probably is the single most important step you can take to decrease any risks associated with LASIK. An experienced, reputable surgeon will make sure you are properly screened and let you know up front if you aren't a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.”
  • Presentation of LASIK on Wikipedia
  • More about Lasik Technology
  • after the surgery I found out the FDA’s opinion on Lasik – it can be fully read under Home > Medical Devices > Products and Medical Procedures > Surgery and Life Support Deviceshere ( excerpt from their site: Food and Drug Administration is  an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services and consists of centers and offices, which are listed in menu at left. The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, products that emit radiation, and tobacco products.)

Among others, FDA presents the main risk factors associated with this operation:

  • Blepharitis. Inflammation of the eyelids with crusting of the eyelashes, that may increase the risk of infection or inflammation of the cornea after LASIK.
  • Large pupils. Make sure this evaluation is done in a dark room. Although anyone may have large pupils, younger patients and patients on certain medications may be particularly prone to having large pupils under dim lighting conditions. This can cause symptoms such as glare, halos, starbursts, and ghost images (double vision) after surgery. In some patients these symptoms may be debilitating. For example, a patient may no longer be able to drive a car at night or in certain weather conditions, such as fog.
  • Thin Corneas. The cornea is the thin clear covering of the eye that is over the iris, the colored part of the eye. Most refractive procedures change the eye’s focusing power by reshaping the cornea (for example, by removing tissue).  Performing a refractive procedure on a cornea that is too thin may result in blinding complications.
  • Previous refractive surgery (e.g., RK, PRK, LASIK).  Additional refractive surgery may not be recommended.  The decision to have additional refractive surgery must be made in consultation with your doctor after careful consideration of your unique situation.
  • Dry Eyes. LASIK surgery tends to aggravate this condition.

Because during the research I also looked for centers, I found out that in Istanbul there is a clinic named EyeStar or its Romanian version  who uses the latest lasers(Wavelight Allgretto 400 hz eye- Q) and technologies to improve vision:

Our laser, the Wavelight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q 500Hz/400Hz. is the newest, fastest, and most advanced FDA-approved eye laser platform on the market. It is reputed for the most precise outcomes, and the highest level of safety and patient comfort.

Another argument pro was that a former colleague ,with whom  I’ve worked in Alensa, had the same LASIK for myopia in this clinic and she was very happy about her choice. Also I liked very much their care for their clients: lifetime warranty for the operation, included transportation to and from the clinic, help in your native language (native English, German, Bulgarian, Japanese, French, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Spanish).

Next, I’ll present to you the Discussions with Patient coordinators.