Ophthalmic Treatments - Panama Medical Tourism

Ophthalmic Treatments

Ophthalmic Surgery (Lasik)
Eyeglasses are close to a 700 year-old technology. The contact-lens as we know is nearly six decades old. Those who wear glasses understand the inconvenience. No matter how light the frame, they will at some point become uncomfortable. The lenses smudge and are in constant need of cleaning. Those who prefer contact lenses to correct vision understand the lenses shortcomings. They can tear easily. After a time, you eyes become dry and irritable. And then there is the ceaseless maintenance. The cleaning. Taking them out, putting them in. Itís time to make the leap in to the millennial version of vision correction: Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis).

Lasik surgery was developed in 1990 and has been continually improved upon since. The surgery itself takes between five and 10 minutes per eye. During your pre-operation consultation, your American trained doctor will discuss with you both your medical history and any pre-op steps that need to be taken. Your doctor will preform a complete eye exam to ensure that you are a proper candidate for lasik treatment. If you wear soft lens contacts, you will be asked to stop wearing them for five to seven days prior to surgery.

The procedure itself is fairly simple and comfort is ensured with the use of a mild sedative. The eye is immobilized and then held open with a speculum. Using one of two methods, a small, hinged flap will be cut in to the top layer of the cornea. The first and most common method is completed by utilizing a microkeratome. The microkeratome is a bladed device that suctions to your eye so it does not move during the procedure. The blade on the microkeratome creates the corneal flap by slicing the outer most, protective layer of the cornea. The second method utilizes a laser to create the flap in a similar fashion. Your surgeon then folds the flap back and positions the excimer laser directly over the eye. The laser then fires rapidly and precisely into the eye reshaping the cornea for optimal vision. When the laser is through, your surgeon carefully folds the corneal flap back in to place and smoothes it out so no wrinkles are present to impede healing and distort vision. When the flap is replaced, the pressure within the cornea itself creates the seal. Gauze are taped over your eye and your surgeon moves to preform the same procedure on your other eye.

Following your medical tourism lasik treatment, you be given a transparent protective shield to wear. Your surgeon will most likely have you wear the shield the entire day and night following your surgery and then while sleeping for five to seven days after.

Though the risk of major complication with lasik is extremely rare, as with all surgery complications may arise. Some risks include infection, flap wrinkles, astigmatism, floaters, halos, starbursts and decentered ablation. Be sure to discuss the risks involved with lasik with your surgeon prior to the treatment.

Step out of the dark ages and in to clear, glasses and contact free, unobstructed light and vision with a Johns Hopkins International affiliated, Punta Pacifica Lasik procedure.