The success rates in eye surgeries performed with laser technology (lasik) are increasing day by day depending on the development of technology. Stating that laser applications are used in the correction of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, Op. Dr. Yusuf Avni Yilmaz, an ophthalmologist at Anadolu Medical Center, said “Not every patient is eligible for these treatments. First, it should be determined which patient groups are not eligible. Patients with thin corneal structure, irregular and degenerative corneal disease, corneal scarring and patients with any eye disease other than refractive error, patients with still variable refractive error and under a certain age are not eligible for laser treatment”. Op. Dr. Yusuf Avni Yilmaz answered questions about laser treatment.
Since when do we have laser technology?
Attempts to correct eye defects actually began at the end of the 1800s and today's laser surgeries began to be performed in the first half of the 1980s. Of course, technology has gradually improved; there is a huge difference between the technologies used in the beginning and those used today. Thanks to the developing technology, success rates are increasing while complication rates are decreasing day by day.
For which eye defects is it performed?
Laser applications are used to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
Is every one eligible for it? Is there any case that it is not performed?
Not every patient is eligible for this treatment modality. Patients with thin corneal structure, irregular and degenerative corneal disease, corneal scarring and patients with any eye disease other than refractive error (uveitis, glaucoma, retinal pathologies, etc.), patients with still variable refractive error and under a certain age are not eligible for laser.
How successful is the treatment?
If the patient is eligible, the success rate is quite high.
How does the method work?
Performing the method does not take long, but the eligibility or ineligibility of the patient should be tested before through a detailed eye examination.
What should patients pay attention to after the procedure? When will they return to their normal lives?
Depending on the type of surgery, patients can return to their normal routine between 1 day to 1 week. As in all eye surgeries, attention should be paid to postoperative hygiene, especially after laser operations (lasik) performed using flaps, the eyes should not be rubbed or scratched. The improvement of vision also varies depending on the type of surgery. Improved vision is obtained the day after the lasik surgery, and after the operations performed with the PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) method, the improvement of vision may take from 1 week to several months.