The LASIK Conventions
LASIK surgery in Houston or elsewhere is a procedure that can be performed in a number of different forms. While each of these forms has its individual merits, many people become easily confused by the sheer number of ways that the surgeon can perform the surgery. One option you have as you consider having a LASIK procedure performed is what is known as conventional LASIK.
The conventional approach to LASIK is nothing more than using technologies that are not the absolute latest that are available in the field. There are a few major differences between conventional LASIK and its more advanced brethren. These include more extensive use of lasers, the registration of the irises and a more customized treatment program according to the patient’s needs. This renders the more conventional procedure at least a starting point for considering the surgery for many thousands of patients.
One valuable aspect of conventional LASIK is that in some cases a bladeless surgery may be less successful than one that uses a tiny, computer-guided blade to produce the flap needed to correct your vision. In these kinds of cases, the specific guidelines for whether you are a better candidate for a conventional or more advanced procedure are a matter that you should discuss with your surgeon. Their experience will enlighten you considerably.
Conventions Can Be Positive
The fact of the matter is that the American Medical Association would refuse to provide any kind of support for any type of procedure that violates medical ethics. The Hippocratic Oath that involves the phrase "do not harm" applies as much to eye surgeons as to any other medical practitioners. The more conventional methods of performing a LASIK operation are not necessarily any worse than using the modern methods that are available. It depends upon the patient’s condition and needs.
When Conventional Methods Are Best
Naturally, every pair of eyes is a unique set with its own individual makeup. Because of this, every set of eyes needs to be investigated thoroughly to be certain of which type of treatment would be the best. When your prospective surgeon checks your eyes, you may or may not be a good candidate for a more advanced LASIK procedure. Not everyone’s eyes are meant for customized treatment, for instance. As well, some patients simply do not respond as well to the totally bladeless form of the procedure.
One of the best ways you can predict whether you are going to do well through having a conventional LASIK procedure performed on yourself is by speaking to an experienced surgeon. With experience comes an ability to gauge whether a given procedure will work well that the average person will never be able to employ. After performing hundreds or even thousands of procedures, knowing each individual to an extent, an experienced surgeon can point out where one kind of procedure will be more likely to work versus another.
Sugarland Eye & Laser Center leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The Center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Sugarland Eye & Laser Center, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478 or visit us at www.houston-lasik.com.
About the Author
Amjad Khokhar, M.D. is Chief LASIK Surgeon at Sugarland Eye & Laser Center. Add Dr. Khokhar on Google+ here.
The LASIK Conventions