A Lasik procedure is the most common vision-correction surgery performed in the US. It is popular especially among young adults – the 18-35 age group – who’d rather undergo a surgery than wear corrective lenses and glasses. If you’re considering Lasik and looking for information about the procedure, here are a few things to help you decide:
What is Lasik?
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It is a refractive surgery to correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure involves using a laser beam to reshape the cornea to improve vision.
Am I a good candidate for Lasik?
Although popular, Lasik isn’t for everyone. Potential candidates for Lasik surgery should be over 18 years of age and in good health. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes and vascular diseases, or those taking medicines that may affect their immune response cannot undergo the procedure. Similarly, patients with eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and certain other retinal diseases also do not qualify. A pre-op assessment that checks for vision, corneal thickness, and pupil size is conducted to make sure that you qualify. Contact us now to schedule your FREE Lasik screening.
How does Lasik work?
The procedure begins with the Lasik surgeon putting a topical anesthetic in your eye to numb any pain or discomfort. An eyelid speculum is then used to keep the eye open and prevent the patient from blinking. A suction ring is also placed to keep the eye from moving. An extremely precise surgical instrument called the microkeratome then cuts a flap in the cornea. The laser, which is preprogrammed with the patient’s eye measurements, then reshapes the cornea. During this process, you’ll be asked to focus on a red light which helps to center the eye. The corneal flap is then placed back in its original position and the edges smoothed. The corneal flap sticks to the tissue without the need for stitches. The entire process takes about 5-10 minutes per eye.
Will I need stitches?
The corneal flap is very thin; it re-bonds and sticks to the tissue without the need for stitches. It’ll take about a month for the tissue to heal completely.
How long will it take for me to see properly?
Your vision, immediately after the surgery will be slightly blurred. The surgeon will ask you to cover the eyes with a transparent shield to protect them and prevent you from accidentally rubbing your eyes. While it takes about two to three weeks for the vision to stabilize, for some patients, it may take longer for the side effects to go away.
Are there any side effects to Lasik eye surgery?
As with any other surgical procedure, Lasik eye surgery has risks. Much depends on the experience and expertise of the surgeon performing the procedure. Replacing the blade with a laser to open the corneal flap has drastically helped to reduce complications. Proper screening has also played its part in reducing complications.
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