LASIK is an increasingly popular eye surgery that can improve your vision and overall quality of life. Patients who have undergone LASIK no longer have to deal with the everyday annoyances that often accompany poor eyesight.
It is natural to have questions about any surgical procedure. However, knowing what to ask can often be daunting.
Here, our ophthalmologists at Mack Eye Center answer your questions.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK is a type of laser refractive surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon creates a small incision in the outer cornea and then folds it back like a little flap. The surgeon then reshapes the underlying tissue and closes the flap. The reshaped cornea now properly refracts light so that vision is clearer.
What Can LASIK Treat?
LASIK can treat refractive errors that cause blurry vision including astigmatism, farsightedness (hyperopia) and nearsightedness (myopia).
Who is Not a Candidate for LASIK?
LASIK isn’t right for everyone. LASIK may not be a treatment option for people with certain eye or health issues. LASIK can’t treat presbyopia or vision loss from eye diseases. If you have been diagnosed with an eye disease, you should ask your ophthalmologist about other treatment options.
What Are the Risks Associated With LASIK?
LASIK is a surgery with a high success rate. However, as with any surgery, there are risks associated with LASIK. Your surgeon can advise you of those risks including dry eyes, halos, glare, double vision, undercorrection and overcorrection.
Who Will Perform My Procedure?
It is important to know who will be performing your LASIK procedure. If you are a Mack Eye Center patient, one of our trained ophthalmologists will perform the procedure.
Does LASIK Surgery Hurt?
LASIK surgery is not painful. During the procedure, the surgeon places numbing drops in the eyes. Some patients report feeling slight pressure during the procedure and some minor discomfort after the procedure.
How Long Does LASIK Take?
LASIK is a relatively quick procedure. It can be completed in under 30 minutes.
How Long Is My Recovery Time?
Recovery from LASIK is also relatively quick. Most patients will have blurry vision for a few days after the procedure and may need to take a few days off of work. Vision gradually improves in the weeks and months following the procedure.
What Results Can I Expect?
You should ask your LASIK surgeon about the expected results. As with all procedures, results will vary by patient.
Is LASIK Right for Me?
The only way to find out if LASIK is right for you is to contact us today to schedule a consultation at Mack Eye Center.