What is LASIK?
LASIK, or Laser-Assisted Stromal In-situ Keratomileusis, is an outpatient procedure that utilizes a cool ultraviolet light to precisely reshape the cornea to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism – all known as refractive errors.
This procedure has become so popular that it is the number one elective procedure in the U.S.A, bringing clear vision to more than 10 million people in this country alone.
What are The Benefits of LASIK Vision Correction?
There are many benefits to this laser eye surgery, including:
- Significant improvements to vision: Studies have shown that around 85% of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better, while 95% of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better.
- Short recovery time: Most patients can return to their daily schedule 24 hours after surgery.
- More affordable: The cost of laser eye surgery is a fairly high initial payment, but it has shown to pay for itself and save you money when compared to the cost of glasses and contact lenses.
- Results are immediate: While you are not allowed to drive right after your surgery and have to take some special precautions, most patients report immediate improvements to their vision.
- No need for glasses or contact lenses: caring, paying for and accommodating glasses and contact lenses in your daily life will be over, making your life that much easier.
- You can have further surgery if necessary: If your vision deteriorates later in life, for example, due to aging, you can have further laser surgery to correct it providing that it is due to refractive errors.
What Eye Conditions are Treated with LASIK?
LASIK can effectively treat the following vision conditions:
- Myopia (short or nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (long or farsightedness)
- Astigmatism (distorted images)
How Much Improvement Can I Expect to See?
The results you can expect to see from your laser eye surgery can be affected by who you go to for laser eye surgery and what your initial prescription is. Generally, the more significant your condition, the less predictable the results. It’s vital that you see board certified eye care specialists before undergoing this procedure in order to ensure that you get the best results possible.
Will I Still Need My Glasses?
Depending on the results of your surgery, it is unlikely that you will need glasses after LASIK. You may still experience age-related vision deterioration later on in your late forties or fifties, which can be fixed by an additional LASIK procedure or by wearing glasses/contact lenses.
What is LASIK Corrective Surgery?
LASIK corrective surgery is a quick procedure where a state-of-the-art laser is used to reshape a patient’s cornea in order to permanently change their vision. Also known as PRK surgery, this procedure is relatively quick and painless, delivering immediate results – making it one of the most popular procedures in the USA.
When is The Right Time to Consider LASIK Surgery?
There are certain criteria to meet before you can undergo the LASIK procedure:
- You need to be over 18 years old
- You must be in good general health and should not have uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune diseases, collagen vascular disease or be taking any medication that compromises the immune system.
- You should have no eye infections or injuries.
- You need to be in good eye health, without cataracts or glaucoma.
- Your doctor needs to be aware if you have dry eye, lazy eye or other eye muscle conditions.
- You should not be pregnant or nursing.
- Your vision needs to be stable for at least one year prior to surgery.
Your eye doctor will thoroughly examine you to ensure that you are a candidate for the surgery in order to ensure that you get the best possible results.
What Can I Expect from LASIK Corrective Surgery?
The LASIK eye surgery procedure consists of the following:
- Patients are awake during this procedure, so the first step is to get you comfortable and gently anesthetize your eyes with eye drops.
- Your surgeon will then gain access to your corneal tissue by cutting a small protective flap. At this point, your vision should dim or become blurrier.
- Once this is completed, the laser will be applied. The laser is controlled by a computer and an eye-tracking device ensures the highest degree of accuracy – even if your eye moves. As it works, you will hear a soft clicking sound. This part is over very quickly and should be completely painless.
- The surgeon will then replace the protective flap and shields will be placed over the eye that was operated on in order to give the flap time to heal.
- Your eyes may feel slightly irritated and itchy during this time, but this should be gone in 24 hours or less.
What Eye Conditions are Best Treated by LASIK Surgery?
LASIK can effectively treat myopia (short or nearsightedness), hyperopia (long or farsightedness) and astigmatism (distorted images) – conditions known as refractive errors.
When Will I be Able to Return to Normal Activity After my Treatment?
In many cases, patients report that they feel fine enough to return to their daily schedules in just a few hours! However, you will not be able to drive right after surgery and doctors recommend that you rest for 24 to 48 hours to give your eyes enough time to heal properly, especially if you work in an environment that can be stressful on your eyes.
What’s Next? Get An Eye Exam
If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for LASIK corrective surgery, then it’s best to go for an eye exam. Your eye doctor will be able to fully evaluate you for the procedure, answer any questions about the cost of laser eye surgery and relieve any other concerns you may have.
Why Choose Eye Centers of Florida For Your Evaluation?
At Eye Centers of Florida, we can put you in touch with every eye specialist you may require. Our doctors are highly qualified and experienced in the LASIK procedure and our emphasis on delivering the highest quality patient care ensures that your LASIK experience is a positive one.
If you would like your vision to be evaluated for LASIK vision correction, request an appointment today.