LASIK Eye Surgery
Do you rely on glasses and contact lenses to get through your day? Are you sick of it? If you answered yes, then you are not alone. Millions of Americans live with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism – but they don’t have to. Permanent vision correction is more popular today than ever, and for good reason. Procedures like LASIK surgery are helping patients live lives less dependent on glasses and contact lenses.
LASIK surgery, or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is the most popular form of laser vision correction in the US. LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These vision conditions have something in common, which is a misshapen cornea. In order to permanently correct these vision problems, the cornea must be reshaped. LASIK surgery has a great track record and many patients who undergo LASIK achieve 20/25 vision or better.
LASIK surgery isn’t for everyone. There are many factors that may disqualify you from undergoing LASIK. You will need to meet certain criteria for LASIK surgery, including:
- Over the age of 18
- Not pregnant or nursing
- No previous eye injury or disease
- Have generally good health
The only way to know for sure whether or not you are a candidate for LASIK surgery is to book a consultation with a LASIK surgeon.
LASIK surgery is fairly straightforward. Once you’re in the clear, you can book your surgery! To start, your LASIK surgeon will numb your eyes, and you will be given a mild sedative to ease any nervousness. Your eyelids will be kept open with a lid speculum, so you do not need to worry about blinking during surgery.
Once your eyes are prepped, your surgeon will begin by creating a thin, circular flap on your cornea using a femtosecond laser. Once this flap is created, it is pulled back to expose the inner layers of your cornea. From there, your surgeon will use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. Once the necessary adjustments have been made, the flap will be smoothed over. There are no stitches required after LASIK surgery!
Before you leave after your surgery, you doctor will reiterate the proper post-LASIK aftercare instructions. You should make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions to avoid any complications or infections. These are extremely rare after LASIK surgery, and usually only occur when proper aftercare is not observed.
You will be asked not to go swimming, lift heavy objects, or participate in contact sports or vigorous exercise for the first week or so. You will attend a series of follow-up appointments to ensure everything is healing properly.
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LASIK surgery is a straightforward procedure that has been performed millions of times, and it takes only 5 to 10 minutes to treat each eye. Before surgery, you will be given a mild sedative like Valium to help keep you relaxed during the procedure. Your surgeon will also numb your eyes using anesthetic eye drops, and your eyelids will be held open using a surgical tool.
Two different lasers will be used for your LASIK procedure: the first creates a flap on the surface of the eye, then the second reshapes the very front of your eye to correct your vision.
In most cases, well-qualified patients for LASIK achieve excellent vision once the healing process is complete and will no longer need corrective lenses to see clearly. However, the results can be influenced by factors such as other existing eye problems you may have. It is rare for your vision to change after the healing process is complete, but if it does then you can choose to have a “touch-up” procedure. LASIK also does not prevent other eye conditions such as cataracts.
How do you pay for Lasik?
We offer a few options to our patients. We take CASH, CREDIT and Cashier Check. nWe offer our patients financing with Wells Fargo Financing and Care Credit.
How long does eye surgery take?
Surgery itself can take less than 3 minutes per eye, but youre in our office a least 1hr. We like to go over all questions patients have for us before surgery as well as all post op instructions with our patients.
How long is the recovery for Lasik surgery?
For most patients they are functioning normally by the next day, with PRK the recovery is a bit longer in most cases patients can resume normal activities within 1 week of surgery.
Can I work the day after Lasik?
You can work after surgery, although advisable you take a few days off to recover. Your eyes will be tired and light sensitive the first few days after surgery.
Can you get Lasik in just one eye?
Yes, you can get LASIK in only one eye. Some patients do not need to do LASIK in both eyes.
Does eye flap heal after Lasik?
Your flap does heal after Lasik, but it does take some time for it to heal. Thats why we ask our patients to sleep and use eye shields for the first week after surgery.
Do your eyes look different after Lasik?
After Lasik your eyes will be watery (tearing) for the first few days after surgery. Your eyes may also develop what we call an eye bruise. (blood shot) eyes after surgery from the suction that keeps your eye in place. Similar to how we get bruises on our skin. Bruising can last anywhere from (1-4wks) every patient bruises differently
Does Lasik last forever?
Lasik does not last forever, it depends on how high your prescirption it is a can come back a little bit, that is what we call regression. If it gets to the point where it bothers you we can go back and perform a touch up.
Is Lasik cheaper than contacts?
Of the course of a lifetime of wearing glasses and contacts, yes lasik is cheaper. Some patients have astigmatism and need to wear astigmatism contact lens that are more expensive than a spherical contact lens. Often patients ended up buying, contacts, glasses and some get prescription sunglasses as well as contact lens solution. In the end the cost of all those of a course of a lifetime would defiantly be more than the cost of LASIK.
How long is vision blurry after Lasik?
Your eyes can be a bit blurry 2-3 days after Lasik surgery. Day by day it will get better and better. Just give your eyes some rest and let them d