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A brighter day is in front of you – things to consider before investing in eye surgery

Ever wondered how much you could save by investing in eye surgery, or how much it could improve your lifestyle? Are you tired of constantly replacing your contact lenses or glasses? If so, then Lasik Eye Surgery may well be for you.

However, there are a fair few questions to be answered before taking the plunge and having surgery, and certain considerations you should take into account before you commit to anything.

The age limit for laser eye surgery is 18, although it’s highly recommended that you are over 21 for the procedure. This is due to the changes the eyes of a teenager or young adult go through, and the still-developing body can have a large effect on how effective the permanent eyesight after surgery will be. As far as an upper age limit is concerned, there are a number of guidelines but no firm age at which certain laser eye surgeries are deemed unsafe. For example, a number of companies don’t offer surgery to those over the age of 70, whereas alternatives to the laser eye procedure don’t restrict against those in that age range or older.

The elderly are more susceptible to the likes of infection and vascular diseases, which is one of the criteria that may make older people ineligible for the procedure. Any disease that leaves the blood vessels prone to damage can compromise the surgery, as does any immunodeficiency disorder. Also unable to partake in the service are pregnant or breastfeeding women, although it’s worth bearing in mind that 85% of the people who wear glasses and contact lenses can have the surgery. Certain long-standing eye issues such as glaucoma, and diseases that may have a long-standing effect on eyesight such as diabetes, needn’t be a problem as far as eligibility for the surgery is concerned, with even more severe instances perhaps ruling out the laser option but bringing in the choice of intraocular implant surgery.

This procedure replaces the existing, damaged lens with an artificial version. Although more invasive than the laser procedure, both the elderly and infirm are able to make use of it where laser surgery may be deemed unnecessary. After the surgery, the first 24 hours of the recovery process are the most important. With a feeling much like sand in the eyes, it’s imperative, although uncomfortable, not to rub them. Blurring will occur somewhere between the surgery and the expected fully healed eyesight, although it will take the eyes around a week to adjust to the new focal length. As a result, you may need to hold your book further away and your computer screen moved backwards, but 99% of the patients who’ve experienced the surgery have 20/20 vision after their recovery.

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