LASIK is the safest and most accurate method to correct short-sight (Myopia), long-sight (Hyperopia), astigmatism (Cylindrical powers) and other corneal scarring disorders. Essentially, the basis for all laser eye surgery is to reshape the cornea to the point that it changes the focal point of the eye. During this procedure, the focal point is changed so that it focuses perfectly on the retina.
LASIK procedures have been around since 1988. The procedure has already gained wide acceptance worldwide with over 5 million people in USA and millions more worldwide have undergone LASIK surgery.
Contact lenses are often the chosen alternative to LASIK eye surgery, with many arguing they are safer and cheaper to use. However, contact lenses require special care and maintenance, or they can seriously damage the eye. As well, while contact lenses are cheaper in the short-term, they cost more in the long-term and contribute to the garbage waste of societies the world over. Using contact lenses for five years will equal the cost of a LASIK treatment, which lasts for much longer.
In terms of shelling out recurring costs like contact lenses or glasses, the possibility of a one-stop-fix-all solution like LASIK means that those who get the surgery will not have to buy another contact lens or eyeglasses ever again. For many, the cost of the LASIK surgery is worth the price of never having to put in, nor take out, contact lenses again.
Naturally, faced with the possibility of poor sight for life, eyeglasses, or contact lenses, it is no surprise that millions have gone through this routine procedure, and millions more will do so in the future.
LASIK surgery has become not only affordable, it is a very safe procedure that is routinely done everyday, all around the world. LASIK surgery requires no injections, prolonged medication, and is considered an out-patient procedure with actual treatment lasting 10 minutes.
Amazingly, an individual can enjoy their new sight and their regular routine within one day, and it lasts for a life time. Only limitations to accessing LASIK surgery is that it is considered an elective procedure, as in by choice, so it is not covered by most insurances, which leaves the person paying for the surgery him or herself.
Thankfully, there is an option that comes in the form of medicaltourism. India, Thailand, Norway, Panama, and South Africa all have clinics that offer the latest LASIK surgery procedures with state of training and technology. Not surprisingly, medical tourism is often cheaper than getting surgery in your home country.
If you are interested in medical tourism and the possibility of having perfect sight to see some of the beautiful landmarks of India, Thailand, Norway, Central America or South Africa, then check out www.placidway.com, which has some of the best LASIK clinics in the world.PlacidWay 2008-01-05 Articles/Press Releases