A laser is an intense, focused beam of light that can heat and destroy human tissue. Since the 1960’s, focused, carefully controlled lasers have been used for the treatment of human eye diseases.
Here is my first hand personal experience as both an eye surgeon and a patient of eye surgery.
People commonly ask me about laser eye surgery especially to throw away your glasses and contacts however we use lasers form many conditions and people's eyesignt thousands of times a day around the world.
The top conditions that eye surgeons (like me) treat are diabetic eye disease and glaucoma as well as macular degeneration. The best qualities of laser are 1-its painless 2-it can be done quickly in an office/out patient environment.
For me speaking both as an eye surgeoon who has peformed many and a person who has had LASIK several years ago, lasers are remarkable medical advancements that have improved and saved the vision of millions. As far as I am concerned, having LASIK is one of the best things I have ever done and it was an interesting experience having a procedure while I was awake and knowing exactly what was happening every moment of the procedure. Although I had had my patients marvel instantly after the procedure, it was an amazing feeling to get up off the operatin table and see so clearly that the world took on a different meaning. My vision was clearer than it had ever been with either glasses or contact lenses and I had been corrected to 20/15 with contacts which is better than 20/20.
AS with any procedure there are risks., Although laser eye surgery is generally very very safe, it still carries with it the risk of loss of vision or loss of the eye. The benefits generally outweigh the risks however speak with you eye surgeon and decide what is right for your particular set of peepers.