An eye specialist at the St. Dominic Hospital in Akwatia, Dr. Atuquaye Kortei, has hinted that the new laser eye treatment, highly commercialized in recent times, was not permanent but instead lasted longer.
He confirmed that, treatment was painless and could take “lesser than 30mins” to complete.
“At least you can go in and come out that same day. It involves the use of tropical anesthetics,” he added.
According to him, the eye changes as one grows and so it does not last forever.
“I don’t know of anything that lasts forever; definitely there would be a periodic follow up. It keeps changing; it is not constant. So far if we do the laser treatment for you, you are required to come back for follow ups,” he explained in an interview with GIJ Online.
He further explained that, the cornea kept on growing and as such would correct for a period of time using the laser treatment.
“Formally we use spectacles to correct visual deficiency. Later there was the addition of contact lenses, then there was the shaking of the cornea so that a refractive error is corrected,” he said.
“So laser has been developed to that extent that you can cut part of the cornea into a shape to correct a refractive error. The laser is just for correcting refractive errors,” he added.
According to him, “genetic disorders, trauma and accidents” were some of the causes of eye defects.
LASER EYE TREATMENT
Laser eye surgery is an umbrella term for several eye surgeries used to correct refractive errors (i.e., how your eye focuses light). The most common types of laser eye surgery include LASIK, PRK, LASEK and EpiLASIK.
Laser eye surgery is recommended for people aged 18 or older. Before age 18, the eye might still be changing. Even after age 18, the eye might change.
It’s important to have a record of stable vision for at least a year before having laser eye surgery.
Only a trained professional can determine ones candidacy for a laser eye surgery. LASIK is short for laser in-situ keratomileusis.
LASIK is often used for people who are short-sighted, long-sighted, or who have astigmatism.
LASIK, may not be suitable for people with strong lens prescriptions, such as a high degree of short-sightedness.
LASIK laser eye surgery is associated with very little pain, vision is corrected almost immediately or by the day after LASIK laser eye surgery, recovery is quick and usually no bandages or stitches are required after LASIK laser eye surgery, adjustments can be made years after LASIK laser eye surgery to further correct vision.
After having LASIK laser eye surgery, most patients no longer need corrective eyewear.
STORY BY: LAWRETTA SELORM BENSAH (Level 300A Journalism) & BELINDA OSEI (Level 300 PR)