What is Lasik?
LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is the most commonly performed and well-known vision correction surgery. Lasik eye surgery is a corrective procedure which addresses cornea vision impairments. The cornea focuses light on visible images that make sense for your brain. When the cornea shape is altered, it is difficult for people to see clearly. In such cases, our specialists provide LASIK corrective treatment. LASIK operates by adjusting the corneal tissue and reshaping the cornea, correcting abnormalities that lead to errors in refraction.
Why Choose Lasik Surgery?
Vision impairment causes a host of complications. LASIK is the cutting-edge method of addressing refraction errors and eliminating the need for prescription glasses. Advancements in modern technology have allowed patients with refraction errors to receive comprehensive care that restores eyesight. Patients living with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can receive care to improve their vision with LASIK.
How is Lasik Surgery Performed?
First, the eye surgeon will use a surgical tool to create a circular “flap” in the cornea. Then the “flap” is folded back so that the surgeon can access the cornea. A special laser is used to remove small amounts of tissue from the cornea to reshape, smooth or flatten it. After the cornea is reshaped, the “flap” is put back into place so that the cornea can improve health naturally.
Recovering from Lasik Surgery
The patient may return home shortly after the procedure, but someone else must drive or arrange alternate transportation. Patients are asked to rest a lot, avoid any hard work, and avoid rubbing their eye area for a time. Follow-up appointments are held with the doctor within 24 to 48 hours and periodically during the following weeks and months.
The vision should improve dramatically in the first few days after surgery. The patient can often return to work in one or two days, but the best way to ensure a smooth recovery is to spend a few days resting.
Is Lasik successful?
After Lasik surgery, the results may vary but most report having 20/20 vision. Some people may still need to wear glasses or contacts after the surgery but will notice that the prescription would be much lower than previously.
A small number of individuals may need a correction procedure after having Lasik surgery. While Lasik does have a high success rate, it is always best to consult with an eye surgeon before the procedure.
Considering Having Lasik Surgery?
The LASIK procedure itself involves little or no discomfort (or pain) both during the procedure and through the recovery process. Also, eyesight improvement is almost immediate, and maximum vision is typically achieved within a few days.
Reasons to consider LASIK:
- Nearsightedness (myopia).
- Farsightedness (hyperopia).
- Astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea).
- Desire to decrease or eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts.
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