What is LASIK?
The procedure known as LASIK, which stands for “Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis” is an eye procedure that was designed to correct vision problems. This procedure corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In most cases, LASIK has been known to eliminate the need for corrective eyewear such as eyeglasses and contact lenses. It is also the preferred procedure due to its short recovery time.
How is LASIK Performed?
Our doctors use a mechanical surgical tool known as a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser to create a circular flap in the cornea. This flap is then folded back in order to access the cornea tissue. Once the cornea tissue is reached, the doctor will use an excimer laser, with a cool ultraviolet light beam, to remove microscopic amounts of excess tissue in the cornea. Removing this excess tissue reshapes the cornea so it can more accurately focus light on the retina for improved vision. If you’re farsighted, the goal is to create a steeper cornea. If you’re nearsighted, the goal is to flatten the cornea. When it comes to astigmatism, the laser reshapes the irregular corneas into a more normal shape.
After the cornea is reshaped, the flap is folded back and placed where the extra tissue was removed and the cornea is left to heal naturally. The LASIK procedure does not require stitches or bandages and only requires topical anesthetic eye drops.
What to Expect?
Before going through the LASIK procedure, our doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam to ensure you are a candidate for LASIK and that your eyes are healthy. They will also examine your eyes to confirm the shape and thickness of your cornea, pupil size, degree of refractive error and other potential eye issues.
Our doctors at The Lasik Centers will also examine the moistness of your eyes in order to prevent the risk of developing Dry Eye Syndrome. In order to measure the curvature of the front of your eye and create a map of your cornea, they use an automated instrument called a corneal topographer. Furthermore, our doctors will perform a wavefront analysis which sends light waves through the eye to create a more precise map of the abnormalities that are affecting your vision.
If you are a contact lens wearer, our doctors may ask that you stop wearing your contact lenses two weeks before the eye exam in order to prevent the lenses from altering the natural shape of your cornea.
Along with evaluating your eyes, we will consider your overall health, medical history and any medication being taken at the time to determine if you’re a candidate for LASIK.
Once you’ve been approved for LASIK, it is important to coordinate a ride for the day of your procedure, as you will NOT be able to drive after LASIK.
When you come into The Lasik Centers for your procedure, our knowledgeable staff will ensure you have the best experience and feel at home.
First, our doctors will begin by applying numbing eye drops to prevent you from feeling any discomfort during the procedure.
Once the eyedrops take effect, our doctors will perform the procedure in approximately 15 minutes.
Once our doctors perform the LASIK procedure, you will be placed in one of our post procedure rooms where the doctor will perform a brief post procedure exam before releasing you.
Our doctors suggest resting your eyes for a couple days after your procedure. You may experience hazy and/or blurry vision immediately after your LASIK procedure but your vision should improve and become clear by the next morning. In some cases, it may take longer for your vision to become clear.
A follow up visit will be required the day after the procedure. During this follow up the doctor will perform various tests to ensure your vision meets the legal requirement to drive. For your safety, our doctors recommend you do not drive until they confirm that your corrected vision meets the legal standard for driving.
As with any medical procedure, it is important to follow our doctor’s instructions to ensure a full recovery. It is suggested that you avoid rubbing or touching your eyes and do not participate in strenuous exercise activity to ensure the flap heals properly and adheres to the cornea correctly.
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