What is LASIK surgery?
A LASIK surgery procedure is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. An excimer laser gently reshapes the cornea with computer-controlled precision to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Is the LASIK procedure painful?
Many patients comment on how surprised they are of not feeling pain with their LASIK surgery. Anesthetic drops are used to fully numb the eye before LASIK eye surgery begins; during the laser correction you may feel a light pressure sensation around your eye.
After your laser eye surgery, your eye may feel a bit irritated for a few hours, but most patients are quite comfortable after taking a short nap. You will be prescribed drops for your eyes to provide comfort and healing in the days following your surgery.
How soon after Laser eye surgery can I resume normal activities?
There are some minimal restrictions in the first weeks following laser surgery, but many LASIK patients are able to resume normal activities the following day! Vision corrective results from LASIK surgery are typically very rapid and many patients are able to see clearly 24-48 hours after surgery. Further vision improvement may continue over several months. Your doctor will recommend avoiding certain activities, like swimming or contact sports for several weeks.
Can both eyes be treated at the same time?
Yes. Most patients find it much more convenient to have both eyes treated on the same day.
How does PRK compare to LASIK?
A major difference is that in LASIK surgery a hinged flap is created on the cornea while in PRK, rather than creating a flap, it involves polishing the surface of the cornea. In general, custom LASIK patients report minimal irritation, and their vision stabilizes more quickly than PRK. PRK recovery can take a few days with hazy vision and some discomfort. PRK is often recommended when the patient’s cornea is too thin for LASIK.
What will happen during my LASIK evaluation?
If you wear contacts, prior to your scheduled evaluation, you will be asked to refrain from wearing soft contact lenses for 7 days and semi soft contact lenses for 1 month.
Your eyes may be dilated in preparation of a detailed eye exam that will evaluate refractive error, corneal evaluations and more.
There will be a thorough discussion of laser eye surgery and whether or not you may be a good candidate for LASIK.
Will I need reading glasses?
The goal of laser vision correction is to reduce or eliminate your dependence on distance glasses. The need for reading glasses is a normal age related change. Having laser vision correction does not change this.
What are the side effects and risks with LASIK or PRK surgery?
Temporary side effects following laser vision correction can include dryness of eyes, sensitivity to light or halos at night. Glares or halos at night usually resolve within a few weeks. Night vision disturbances associated with imperfections in the eye prior to LASIK are now able to be reduced or eliminated with the Custom technology. During the healing process dry eyes can easily be treated by using artificial tears to keep the surface of your eyes moist. You are advised to wear sunglasses when outdoors following eye surgery to reduce light sensitivity and to protect your eyes
How long will vision correction last?
The distance vision correction is fairly permanent following laser vision correction. However, as with the course of nature, there are some age related changes that will occur regardless of whether or not you had LASIK surgery.
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