Do you rely on glasses and contact lenses to get through your day? Are you sick of it? If you answered yes, 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.
What is LASIK surgery?
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: a misshapen cornea. In order to 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.
Am I a Candidate?
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:
- 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.
The LASIK Procedure
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.
Interested in LASIK surgery? Be sure to contact Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology to book your LASIK consultation!
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