Vision correction surgery
Lasik : the eye laser miracle : the complete guide to better vision
Andrew I. Caster.
New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.
The laser vision correction treatments commonly known as Lasik and PRK have allowed millions of people to see clearly and say goodbye to their contact lenses and glasses. Dr. Andrew Caster, one of the leading specialists in this field, takes you through the entire process-including the experiences of patients who have undergone the treatment, and their joy at suddenly being able to see again. Here are the answers to all your questions: What are the differences between the Lasik and PRK procedures, and which is right for me? What are the most common side effects of laser vision correction? How do I judge whether a doctor is sufficiently qualified to perform a laser vision treatment? Will the procedure be painful? When can I fully resume normal daily activities such as driving and reading? Will eye laser treatment stop my sight from getting worse? How well has the FDA monitored this treatment? How many people have successfully undergone the treatment? Lasik: The Eye Laser Miracle is the guide for anyone who wants better vision. Book jacket.
Lasik : a guide to laser vision correction
Ernest W. Kornmehl, Jonathan M. Davidorf, Robert K. Maloney.
Omaha, NE : Addicus Books, 2001.
LASIK—laser vision correction surgery—has quickly become one of the most popular vision correction surgeries in the nation. More than 1.3 million procedures are being performed annually. But, before you entrust your eyes to a surgeon, make sure you become an informed consumer. InLASIK—A Guide to Laser Vision Correction,three respected ophthalmologists help you understand the benefits and risks of the surgery. Questions answered include: Who is a candidate for LASIK surgery? How is LASIK performed? How much vision improvement you can expect? How can you choose a qualified physician? What are the risk factors and possible complications? What follow up care will you need after the surgery
The complete book of laser eye surgery
Stephen G. Slade ; with Richard N. Baker and Dorothy Kay Brockman ; foreword by Spencer P. Thornton.
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2000.
This definitive and authoritative guide to laser eye surgery answers every question on improving vision using this method. Includes the latest information on LASIK surgery and all other state-of-the-art refractive procedures, including PRK and RK. Illustrations.
How to see like a hawk when you're blind as a bat : a patient's guide to LASIK laser vision correction
Matthew Ehrlich.
Venice, FL. : Doctor's Advice Press, 1999.
Have you ever dreamed of waking up and seeing the alarm clock without fumbling for your glasses? Can you picture yourself skiing, swimming, snorkeling, or playing golf without having to wear contacts?

Are you one the many who rely on eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision? Which one of the four most common vision problems do you have?

  • Myopia, nearsightedness, in which objects that are near to you are clear and objects that are far blurry.
  • Hyperopia, farsightedness, is the opposite of nearsightedness. Objects that are far are clear and objects that are close are blurred.
  • When objects appear blurry whether they are far or near is called Astigmatism.
  • 'Old sight' or Presbyopia happens sometime after the age of 40. Your eyes find it hard to focus on objects that are near and you may find yourself holding that object farther away from you.

Surgery can be an effective treatment for many eye disorders and diseases. It can reduce your dependence for eye glasses or contact lenses. Refractive surgery is to correct the curvature of your cornea to help your retina focus light properly. There are two types of refractive surgery.

  • PhotoRefractive Keratechtomy (PRK) is a procedure that was first used with a  laser. The cornea is removed, sculpted and reattached.
  • Laser ASisted In-sitn Keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most common where the cornea is sculpted right in the eye.

Are you a good candidate for LASIK

Between the ages of 18 - 55
Be healthy
No vision change in past 12 months

Good candidate screening

Other eye surgeries can be for:

  • Cataracts to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear implant.
  • Diabetic retinopathy to slow down the progression of the disease.
  • Retinal detachment to repair a retinal tear, hole or detachment.

As with all surgeries there are risks. Talk with your eye doctor to see if you are a good candidate.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff