If you’re tired of dealing with contact lenses and glasses to correct your vision, it may be time to look into other options to help you see clearly. One of those options is a corrective surgery called LASIK. In this blog, we’ll outline what LASIK actually is, how it works, and who can undergo the LASIK procedure.
What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for laser in situ keratomileusis. These words describe a procedure using a laser underneath a corneal flap to reshape the cornea. This process involves a highly specialized laser designed to treat refractive errors, improve vision, and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. At Williamson Eye Institute, we offer our patients All Laser LASIK using a femtosecond laser, adding a higher level of safety and precision to the procedure thanks to its computer precision and high-speed delivery. This level of control also allows more patients to qualify for LASIK and virtually eliminates many of the complications associated with the older, more mechanical approach to LASIK.
LASIK is the most popular procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It has a very high rate of patient satisfaction, excellent results, quick recovery time, and very few side effects or complications.
How does it work?
During LASIK, an eye surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea into a unique pre-specified pattern for each patient. The exact procedure is as follows:
- Your eye is completely numbed using “eye drop” anesthesia and an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to prevent you from blinking.
- A protective flap is made with the laser and folded to the side. During this process you may feel a little pressure, but no discomfort.
- You will be asked to look directly at a target light while the excimer laser reshapes the cornea, usually in less than a minute.
- The protective flap is repositioned onto the underlying cornea where it bonds securely without sutures.
After LASIK, some patients report a slight discomfort that usually goes away within twelve to twenty-four hours.
Who is the best candidate for LASIK?
If someone is not a good candidate for LASIK, there is a greater risk for complications and the candidate may be less likely to experience the great, positive results of the surgery. The best candidate for the LASIK procedure is 18 years of age or older and has healthy corneas. Candidates must not have had a significant increase in their prescription in the last 12 months, and people with certain medical conditions or women who are pregnant, nursing, or hope to become pregnant may not be ideal candidates for LASIK.
While refractive surgery is not for everyone, we hope to give anyone interested in LASIK a chance to find out if the procedure will work for them. The best way to determine if LASIK is a good fit for you is to talk to a doctor who specializes in the procedure. It’s important to have a complete eye exam to find out if you are a candidate for surgery.
Want to find out more?
It takes only seconds to treat a lifetime of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure by visiting our website to learn more and give our office a call to schedule a personal consultation. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.