You’ve might have heard about the LASIK procedure from the news, advertisements or from friends or family that have had it done. You might be questioning whether it is something that will let you get rid of the hassle associated with glasses or contacts, but it’s not ideal for all people or specific strengths and types of vision correction. Understand the LASIK procedure to determine if it’s a fit for your lifestyle.
- LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis
- It has risks and complications like any other surgery
- LASIK treats farsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness
- The procedure reshapes the cornea, which is the clear dome at the front of your eye, allowing your eye to focus better without wearing contacts or glasses
Are you a good candidate?
- You must be at least 18, but preferably 21, to give your vision time to stabilize for best results.
- Your eye(s) need to be healthy and your prescription should be stable to ensure LASIK fixes the cornea properly without a need for an another surgery in the future
- LASIK is generally not recommended for individuals with health conditions that can affect vision such as diabetes, cataracts, lupus, or glaucoma.
What to Expect During Surgery
- Usually only one eye is done at a time to gauge the effectiveness of LASIK on your eye
- The surgeon applies numbing drops and props the eye open with a lid speculum
- The eye is stabilized and the surgeon creates a flap in the cornea
- A laser reshapes the corneal tissue and the flap is replaced with a plastic or metal shield placed over the eye to protect it
- It’s not uncommon to experience an odd sensation or burning immediately after surgery
- Have someone to drive you home after
- Avoid swimming and hot tubs for at least two weeks
Risks or Complications
- Eye damage or blindness can occur in a very small number of cases. You might not see the results you expected and still have to wear contacts or glasses after surgery.
- Can decrease how sharp your vision is, meaning you may see objects in a gray-ish tone or fuzzy like they’re out of focus
- Dry eye syndrome can occur if your eyes aren’t able to produce enough tears to properly moisten your eyes. Some cases require frequent drops, while others require more extensive procedures Ⓡ