Myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia are some of the most common vision defects that millions of people have to deal with every day from the moment they wake up. Wearing contact lenses or glasses seems to be the only possible solution, but it can turn into actual slavery in the long term.
On average, a person buys a new pair of eyeglasses every two years, with a price that can start from 100 euros and go up to 1000 per pair. Contact lenses are more expensive than glasses, with an annual cost ranging between 160 and 180 euros with additional cost for contact solutions, which add another 120-150 euros to the total cost.
In addition to allowing you to free yourself from the constriction of eyeglasses or lenses definitively, laser surgery proves to be the most valid alternative and a significant advantage in terms of cost. That is if you consider that its duration of effectivity is a lifetime. The expense may vary depending on the technique used.
Around 20 million people have decided to undertake this operation worldwide. Of these, there are 800,000 Italians, with an average age ranging between 20 and 60 years.
The best time to undergo this surgery is from the age of 18 onwards. Since the diopter, during the period of adolescence, undergoes several variations before stabilizing completely.
There are different techniques used in this surgery, which vary depending on the patient’s eye. The cornea must be thick enough to undergo LASIK surgery. However, if it is too thin, you will have to resort to the PRK method.
The operation is very quick, painless, and performed under local anesthesia with eye drops. The laser beam removes fabric in quantities of a few thousandths of a millimeter per stroke, vaporizing it instantly. The laser beam can thus modify the cornea profile, flattening the central part (optical zone) in a precise and regular way. Diopters up to -10 can be corrected for myopia, up to +5 for hyperopia, and up to 5 diopters per cylinder for astigmatism.
This treatment has been carried out for more than 30 years now, and clinical studies have shown that it is one of the safest methods for providing long-term stable visual acuity. Statistics show that, after such surgery, more than 98% of patients see at a distance without having to wear glasses or contact lenses anymore.
Laser surgery is, therefore, one of the best and most interesting medical procedures available. It has transformed the lives of millions of patients and can also change yours.