Pros & Cons of Laser Eye Surgery

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The main pro of laser eye surgery is reduced or eliminated dependency on glasses and contact lenses. Cons of laser eye surgery are the cost and potential complications that can occur with the surgery. Consult an eye doctor about whether to pursue LASIK eye surgery with help from an ophthalmologist in this free video on laser eye surgery.

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My name's Dr. Alan Watson. I'm an ophthalmologist, in St. Joseph, Missouri, and we're here today to talk about eye problems. Laser eye surgery should be looked at by individuals who are looking for freedom from having to wear their glasses as much. It reduces the dependency on things like glasses and soft contact lenses. And so, patients that are near-sighted enough that when they wake up in the mornin' the first thing they have to do is reach for their glasses could consider eye surgery to reduce their dependency on those glasses. It's not perfect though, but it does provide a good approximation for most people so that they can become spectacle free. Some of the cons; there that the cost is a factor. There can be complications from eye surgery such as an infection to the cornea. The flap that's cut may fall off or while the surgery is being performed, or the cornea may heal inappropriately, and the cells that grow across the little cut can actually grow underneath the flap and cause eye problems and vision problems, so no surgery is completely risk free, and so that's why with your doctor you can decide what's the best thing to do for each individual. This has been Dr. Alan Watson, Ophthalmologist, at St. Joseph, Missouri, discussing different eye problems, and the treatment of different eye problems with you.

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