Monday, September 15, 2008

Is Lasik right for TheBluestButterfly?

http://www.ilasik.com/

I am not really sure that Lasik would ever be an option for me....but I read about it a little every once-in-a-while. The reason that I am so interested is that I have an eye problem where one of my eyes is always point outwards (sometimes so bad that you can only see white). My eye problem causes me a lot of emotional pain because of the obvious/blatant reactions of those I encounter. It also makes many daily tasks difficult....limited vision.


Sometimes I make artwork out of my vision problems.


I have been to a lot of specialists about my eyes...and each suggests (or hopes I will take in order to further their research/reputation) a more dangerous option. I don't want to do anything dangerous or that would possibly leave me with a worse problem that I started with.

Safety, is my main concern with Lasik...it is laser correction,after all. Of course, there is the question of whether I am a good candidate for Lasik. Lastly, I would be concerned about damaging my eyes during the recovery period (getting dust in them and so on). Like I have done so many times, I am looking at my options and deciding if this is a viable procedure for me.

As far as Lasik goes, some pretty reliable sources have decided that LASIK technology is safe. NASA,the DOD (Department of Defense) and the U.S. military have had mission-critical personnel undergo Lasik.

Modern LASIK (known as the iLASIK™ Procedure) uses 2 lasers. In the first stage of iLASIK, "wave-front technology" maps out all the characteristics of the patient's eyes. Next, an ultrafast, computer-guided laser creates a "corneal flap." I am not sure that I understand what wave-front technology is....but I plan to find out.

The laser creating the corneal flap replaces the "handheld microkeratome blade" used in older forms of LASIK and is said to make the procedure very SAFE. I am going to see if I can find some sort of demonstration video and statistics on this. Like I said, I doubt that I will be eligible for this, but would do it if the procedure were safe and might help.

After the creation of the corneal flap, the wave-front mapping data guides a second laser for the vision correction. The thing with me is that I test well for vision...but obviously do not have good vision. When I concentrate, as on a vision test, I can pass with flying colors...though the obvious impairment is still present. I just don't know...this procedure might be like glasses for me (only a TINY effect).

Then there is my thyroid problems....not supposed to have surgeries. I would think that this wouldn't qualify as a normal surgery...but I don't know for sure yet.

As I said, I am weighing my options regarding Lasik. Cousin has had it and it seems to be working well....goes around telling everyone about how wonderful it is. Cousin told me that the only thing one has to get used to is not having glasses on one's head....which takes a lot of getting used to if you aren't supposed to wear glasses all the time and often push them up there (like me). Anyway....maybe my eye problems will have a laser-assisted happy ending. :-)

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