Arguments for and against FS-LASIK

LASIK is a contracted form of the words; Laser in situ Keratomileusis. FS-LASIK is a form of surgery whereby the flap is cut by using a laser and not a blade. This new and revolutionary technology has however attracted a lot of skepticism and questions regarding the risks involved and the complications which may accompany such a procedure. The truth however, is that there are two sides to every story and it is important to do one’s own research comprehensively in order to decide whether or not to go ahead and have the surgery done on themselves.

Various studies have been comprehensively done to compare the occurrence of Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis after the performance of laser surgery with various lasers of the FS family used to create the flap. Some of these studies were performed as much as four years ago and their results, conclusions and recommendations have been greatly considered in the improvement, upgrading and consequent studies of the same FS-LASIK. This has been done so as to reduce the number of complications occurring both during and after the surgery itself. The conclusion drawn during one of the studies performed in 2007 proves that there is no notable difference in the occurrence of Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis where all the lasers used were FS. The ones considered in the research study were; FS15, 30 and 60.

Some of the complications that were experienced included a damaged flap, glare, dry eyes and so on. the truth however, is that FS-LASIK has really grown and evolved since then both technologically and in patient care. While it is still essential to have the procedure done by a surgeon who has much experience and a high rate of success with it, it is now more likely to give you the desired result due to technological advancement and comprehensive follow up visits.

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