Can eye surgery be performed to correct Astigmatism?

Yes, refractive surgery with Excimer Laser corrects Astigmatism, among other refractive errors such as Myopia – Hyperopia. Myopic Astigmatism. Hyperopic Astigmatism. Mixed Astigmatism. Irregular Astigmatism. Presbyopia.

What is the procedure when undergoing surgery at Bogota Laser Ocular Surgery Center?

  1. Initial evaluation appointment.
  2. Free initial evaluation to determine candidacy for laser surgery or any other procedures. Includes comprehensive ophthalmological examination, optometric evaluation, and pre-surgical tests.
  3. Analysis of results by the ophthalmologist.
  4. Development of a surgical plan.
  5. Selection of the best surgical method for your case.
  6. Surgery.
  7. Payment of operating room fees, including the use of AMO VISX and Intralase.
  8. Availability of emergency care.
  9. Follow-up appointments for up to 1 year.

Will a scalpel be used during my surgery?

A scalpel should NEVER be used. It has been proven that the long-term results of corneal incision-based surgery are unreliable and can be disastrous. Regardless of the type of scalpel used, this kind of surgery has never been approved by the FDA in the United States.

What tests are performed before surgery?

A comprehensive ophthalmological examination, corneal topography, corneal pachymetry (measuring corneal thickness), pupilometry (measurement of pupil size), and evaluation with Wavefront technology.

What guarantees do I have that the surgery for Astigmatism or any other eye condition will be effective?

In reality, as with any surgery involving human tissue, no surgery can be fully guaranteed. However, what can be guaranteed is that the operation will be performed with the latest technology available in the world, which is crucial for the success of the surgical intervention you will undergo.

Is laser surgery for visual defects (Myopia, Astigmatism, Hyperopia) relatively new, or is there enough experience?

Refractive surgery with Excimer Laser was patented in 1983 by Dr. Steve Trokel, and the first surgery was performed in 1987 in New Orleans. The first laser arrived in Colombia in 1992.

Is laser surgery for visual defects (Myopia, Astigmatism, Hyperopia, Presbyopia) better than surgery with incisions or radial keratotomy?

Yes, laser surgery is better because it does not weaken the cornea, it is not dependent on healing, and its effects are not affected by external factors such as age or intraocular pressure. Laser surgery also does not have delayed changes like incision-based procedures.

Is there an age limit for surgery?

In general, there is no strict age limit for refractive surgery. The suitability for surgery depends on the stability of the refractive error rather than the specific age of the individual. Individuals under the age of 18 can undergo surgery if their refractive error is stable. Similarly, individuals over the age of 50 can also be candidates for surgery, as long as other potential issues, such as the presence of cataracts or retinal injuries, have been ruled out through proper evaluation.

Yes, refractive surgery with the Excimer Laser can be performed to correct Astigmatism. This surgical procedure is capable of addressing various visual defects, including Astigmatism, as well as Myopia, Hyperopia, Mixed Astigmatism, Irregular Astigmatism, and Presbyopia.

Are all patients suitable for surgery?

No, not all patients are suitable candidates for refractive surgery with the Excimer Laser. Like any other surgical procedure, there are specific indications and contraindications to consider. While laser surgery can correct various visual defects, there are limiting factors that need to be taken into account, such as the presence of uncontrolled diseases or inadequate corneal thickness. Therefore, it is crucial to conduct a comprehensive preoperative examination, which should include essential assessments such as pachymetry (measurement of corneal thickness) and corneal topography.

Are all lasers the same?

All lasers differ in various aspects: Technological development, which is one of the most important factors, as it offers better results and lower risks in general. Price, which is directly related to the technology used in most cases. Technical support and research programs that enable continuous development and improvement of correction techniques. Not all lasers are approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of the United States. The age of the equipment allows for assessing technological development and evaluating the risk-benefit ratio of surgery.

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