Why do I Have Trouble Seeing Things That Are Far Away?
Do you have trouble seeing objects that are far away? Many people experience this issue (called myopia) at some point, meaning they have problems driving or reading signs. The good news is advanced procedures like LASIK and SMILE correct refractive errors like nearsightedness in Birmingham, AL.
Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Young H. Choi can help determine which laser eye surgery is best for your unique case. Today, we explore the topic of myopia and how these procedures improve your vision. Call Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center to schedule your assessment today.
What is a refractive error, and what is myopia?
A refractive error is a problem with how your eye bends or refracts light, causing blurry vision. Myopia is a refractive error that happens when light enters your eye but focuses in front of the retina instead of on top of it. Nearsightedness generally develops in childhood but can happen at any age.
Symptoms of myopia include:
- Difficulty seeing distant objects clearly
- The need to squint or strain your eyes to see clearly
- Headaches or eyestrain
- A feeling that your eyes are working harder than usual
If you have these symptoms or have been diagnosed with myopia in Birmingham, AL, laser eye surgery could correct your vision and help you see clearly.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is often recommended to treat myopia. During LASIK, Dr. Choi creates a small flap in the cornea using a cutting-edge femtosecond laser. We then lift the flap to access the underlying tissue and reshape the cornea. Once the flap is replaced, it can begin to heal on its own.
Our LASIK procedures have a 96% success rate, which means you can experience clearer vision almost immediately. Minor side effects like hazy vision are expected for the first 24 hours, and your eyes will continue to heal over the following 7 – 14 days.
How does SMILE work?
SMILE is a newer procedure used to treat myopia. During SMILE, Dr. Choi uses a femtosecond laser to make a small circular disc (called a corneal lenticule) in the cornea. We then remove a small amount of tissue through the incision. SMILE is considered a flapless surgery, meaning patients generally spend less time in recovery.
Your vision may be blurry for the first 24 hours after SMILE. Most people resume activities after about one week. It is normal to experience halos or glare around light sources, but Dr. Choi can help keep track of your progress.
The many benefits of laser eye surgery
Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center offers the latest technology in laser eye surgery, which means you can experience a number of benefits, including:
- Safe procedures: LASIK and SMILE are both considered safe and come with a low risk of complications.
- Reduced dependence on visual aids: You may no longer need glasses or contact lenses after surgery.
- Convenience: Glasses and contacts can be a hassle in terms of care and cost. Laser treatment can reduce your reliance on both.
Ask about LASIK and SMILE for nearsightedness
Nearsightedness does not need to limit your activities or quality of life. Now, laser eye procedures like LASIK and SMILE give you the freedom to see things clearly without glasses or contacts. Learn about these life-changing procedures by calling Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Young H. Choi can evaluate your refractive error and design a custom treatment plan moving forward.