Effects of High Altitudes After LASIK?

For those who love the wilderness ensuring our eyes are at 100% is top priority. The worry of vision correction can be a scary thought. There are many procedures that have benefited us in the past and even more in the present. So how do we know which ones are safe, and what effects it will have after-wards?

In the past RK or Radial Keratoplasty was a wide spread treatment much like today’s LASIK procedure. This was a concern for Mountain climbers because of the scare on Mt. Everest. Since then procedures have changed and now LASIK has become a more advanced and successful procedure in the world of vision correction. Continual climbing or reaching high altitudes over 16,000ft can cause mild symptoms like dry eyes. But most climbers have no significant changes.

LASIK

The LASIK procedure has more accurate lasers, and provide a better clarity to the patients vision. In the past the RK procedure used tiny incisions to reshape the eye and improve the vision, it’s accuracy was dependent more on the doctor holding the surgical instrument. The problem with RK and altitude is that the incisions seem to almost flex at high altitudes cause the vision to change. Research over the past 2 decades has allowed us to use better more capable lasers, as in custom wavefront LASIK. Other LASIK procedures are All Laser LASIK, and PRK.

Benefits of LASIK in High Altitudes:

 LASIK improves clarity
 Quick recovery after LASIK procedures
 Can return to climbing in as little as 2 weeks after procedure
 Less risk of fluctuation to the cornea after LASIK versus RK
 Little pain

If you are worried about whether or not you can return to climbing after LASIK, that shouldn’t be an issue. LASIK will give you a clearer view of the world around you in the air or on the ground. Remember improving your quality of vision will improve your quality of life.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD is a renowned eye surgeon specializing in LASIK treatment and other procedures.

For more information on Dr. Brian’s LASIK procedure visit http://www.allaboutvision.com/lasik-surgeons/los-angeles-boxer-wachler.htm

The 9 most important topics you need to know about LASIK are covered in the LASIK CONSUMER REPORT. Because of it’s “straight-talk”, informative approach, the REPORT is one of the most trusted consumer publications on LASIK: http://lasikconsumerreport.com/lcr.html

To learn more on Altitude & LASIK visit: http://www.basecampmd.com/expguide/snowblind.shtml

Should You Consider LASIK Vision Correction

The most common reasons for blurry vision are nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. All three of these problems can be easily fixed with LASIK.

While contacts and glasses can sometimes do the trick, they sometimes get in the way of activities and require upkeep that many would like to avoid.

For other patients who simply do not want to have to wear glasses or use contact, they may resort to LASIK as well.

LASIK is an eye treatment that is used to correct an individual’s vision. A laser is used to reshape the outer cornea.

Before your procedure, you are going to need to be evaluated by your doctor to see if you are a good candidate.

The good news is this procedure only takes about 20 minutes.

First, numbing drops will be placed in your eyes, and a eyelid holder will be placed in between your eyelids to hold your eyes open. Your doctor will then use a special instrument to make a tiny flap in your cornea. The cornea flap will then folded back so the laser can reshape the inner cornea to improve your vision.  It is like the laser is sculpturing the prescription onto the inner cornea. During the procedure, you will be comfortable and mostly only be aware of flashings lights on the microscope.  You may experience burning sensations after the procedure but it will subside within a few hours. Overall most patients say the procedure was easier than a visit to the dentist.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD is a renowned eye surgeon specializing in LASIK treatment and other procedures.

For more information on Dr. Brian’s LASIK procedure visit http://www.allaboutvision.com/lasik-surgeons/los-angeles-boxer-wachler.htm