LASIK – Is It Right For You?
Are you tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, or is your everyday life making it hard to do so? If so, you may wonder if LASIK eye surgery is right for you.
What is LASIK surgery?
LASIK eye surgery is a type of refractive surgery that corrects common eye conditions such as hyperopia (farsightedness) and myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. A laser is used to reshape the cornea, the clear, round dome at the front of the eye, to improve the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina at the back of the eye.
LASIK and other forms of refractive surgery offer millions of eyeglass and contact lens wearers new alternatives for improving their vision. While most people realize the benefits of the corrections provided by wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, few understand the technology, benefits, and risks associated with LASIK and other forms of refractive surgery.
What can you expect before, after, and during the procedure?
Before the procedure, your Vision Associates doctor will carefully evaluate you and your eyes to ensure you are an ideal candidate for the LASIK procedure. We will ask about your medical and surgical history and give you a comprehensive eye examination. In the eye examination, your Vision Associates doctor will evaluate your vision and look for signs of any abnormalities or health conditions in the eyes that would affect the results of the surgery to ensure the procedure can be done safely. Before surgery, your doctor at Vision Associates will discuss the risks and benefits of LASIK, what to expect before and after surgery, and any questions you may have.
LASIK surgery is usually a short procedure, completed in 30 minutes or less. During the procedure, you lie on your back in a reclining chair. After numbing drops are placed in your eye, your doctor uses an instrument to hold your eyelids open. A suction ring set on your eye just before making the corneal flap may cause a feeling of pressure, and your vision may dim a little. Your eye surgeon uses a laser to cut a small hinged flap away from the front of your eye. Folding back the flap allows your doctor to access the part of your cornea to be reshaped. Using a programmed laser, your eye surgeon reshapes parts of your cornea. With each pulse of the laser beam, a tiny amount of corneal tissue is removed. After reshaping the cornea, the surgeon lays the flap back into place. The flap usually heals without stitches. If you need LASIK surgery in both eyes, doctors will generally conduct the procedure on the same day.
Immediately after surgery, your eye might be watery, burn, or itch. You could have a blurred vision. Generally, you will experience little pain. Your doctor will discuss after surgery care with you where they could provide eye drops, ask you to wear a shield over your eye at night during the healing process, etc. For your eye to completely heal, it takes about two to three months after the surgery. You will have a follow-up appointment with your Vision Associates eye doctor, where they will see how your eye is healing and check for any complications. Follow your doctor’s recommendations about how soon you can resume your normal activities.
What are the associated risks?
Complications that result in a loss of vision are very rare. But certain side effects of LASIK eye surgery, dry eyes, and temporary visual disturbances are relatively common. These usually clear up after a few weeks or months, and very few people consider them to be a long-term problem. If you are considering LASIK surgery, talk to your Vision Associates doctor about your questions and concerns.
Before choosing to have LASIK, it’s essential to do your homework, understand the potential risks and benefits, and have realistic expectations about what your vision will be like after surgery. Anyone considering LASIK should further speak with a Vision Associates eye doctor.
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