Repeat LASIK Visits Cut Dramatically

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A new procedure may reduce the likelihood patients will need to revisit their eye surgeon to adjust their vision by nearly two-thirds. According to a report presented at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in London, surgeons can use a new formula that increases the precision with which they perform laser eye surgery.

The New Formula
The new formula includes a complex compilation of information compiled into a computer that calculates the imperfections within the eye. These imperfections are largely new.

While most patients experience few side effects following surgery, and many have 20/20 or better vision, some patients suffer from farsightedness following surgery. While this condition often is not serious enough to warrant further correction, it is the main complaint patients have following laser surgery when they do experience side effects. Even fewer patients will experience very mild nearsightedness following surgery.

A recent study using the new formula accounting for the eye's multiple imperfections showed that surgeons can perform LASIK much more precisely, dramatically reducing the number of patients experiencing minor farsightedness or nearsightedness after surgery.

This means a good surgery could now be even better. Most patients undergoing LASIK surgery may have the ability to have 20/20 or better vision without the risk of even minor complications.

Still, researchers admit they have not yet had a way of accurately predicting which patients are likely to me farsighted or nearsighted after surgery. Right now doctors are relying on this new formula, which may take the "guesswork" out of deciding who will end up one way or another. The biggest benefit of using the formula is conducting more precise surgeries with patients.

Some believe the new procedure may result in nearly flawless vision for study participants.

How It Works
How does it work? Every patient's eye is unique, and has it's own anomalies or irregularities. The new formula developed by researchers allows a physician to determine which patients are more likely to be slightly nearsighted or slightly farsighted following LASIK surgery. The surgeon can then take preventive action and adjust the laser to prevent this from happening. The result? Near perfect vision without complication or the need for additional surgery to correct mild near or farsightedness.

Very minor imperfections may impact the way surgery including LASIK works. Every person has a different set of peepers. Whereas in times of old a LASIK surgeon would merely "aim and fire" now they can precisely target the laser based on the likelihood a patient will experience certain outcomes. This is good news for patients already interested in refractive surgery. What this means is now more so than ever doctors have the ability to correct visual imperfections and reduce the risks of under or over correction.

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