is refractive surgery a boon? by Dr Parul Sharma

Dr Parul Sharma, an experienced ophthalmologist, rightly states, “Your eyes are your window to the world.”

Throughout our lives, we mostly learn from what we see. Having good visual abilities not just contribute to our physical well-being, but is also extremely crucial for our cognitive development. Poor eye health may hamper the ability to carry out everyday tasks in children and adults alike.

The most common eye concerns that affect a majority of individuals are refractive errors. These may include:
  • Ø  Myopia (near-sightedness):When the vision is clear while looking at closely-placed objects, but gets blurry while looking at the far ones.
  • Ø  Hyperopia (farsightedness):When the vision is blurred while looking at closely-placed objects, but gets clear while looking at the far ones
  • Ø  Presbyopia:A middle and old-age problem when the near vision gets blurry.
  • Ø  Astigmatism: A defect in cornea’s curvature that causes focus problems.

A person affected by any refractive error may be troubled by excessive strain in the eyes, headaches, double vision, haziness, glare or halos. This may further lead to poor performance at school or work, disruptive behaviour, and lack of confidence or self-esteem.

Dr Parul Sharma, a senior eye specialist in Gurgaon and Head of Department at Max Hospital explains that refractive errors can be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses.However, for those who wish to get rid of the glasses permanently can opt for refractive surgery.

Laser refractive procedures include:
Ø  LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis): It is the most popular laser procedure to correct refractive errors. Pain-free and quick, the surgery improves vision and eliminates the need wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.A thorough vision examination allows the eye surgeon to evaluate whether an individual is suitable for LASIK surgery or not.

In some cases, the patient may be suggested other vision correction procedures, such as:
Ø  PRK (photo-refractive keratectomy)and LASEK (laser subepithelialkeratomileusis) eye surgery
Ø  ICL (implantable collamer lens) surgery
Ø  Phakicintraocular lenses surgery

Dr Parul Sharmaalso throws light on the fact that there are a number of parameters that determine the choice of refractive procedure. Such factors could be the age of the patient, the type and degree of the refractive error, underlining health conditions, and so on. Consulting an expert for safe spectacle removal is, therefore, highly recommended.

You could simply visit http://drparulsharma.com/ and book an appointment with Dr Parul Sharma for a detailed eye check-up. She is a Senior Eye Surgeon at Max Eye Care,Panchsheel Park/Saket (Delhi). Get in touch with her to know everything about refractive errors and related surgeries. 

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