We know using contact lenses and glasses to correct your vision isn’t always ideal. They can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even expensive. If you’re feeling frustrated with your dependence on glasses or contacts, it may be time to look into other options to help you see clearly and take control of your vision.
One of those options is a corrective surgery called LASIK. In this blog, we’ll outline everything you need to know about LASIK, including what it is, how it can help you, and what makes a good candidate for the procedure.
What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for laser in situ
All-Laser LASIK, using a femtosecond laser, is a type of LASIK procedure that some experts offer. It adds 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 the surgery.
During LASIK, an eye surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea into a unique, pre-specified pattern for each patient. The exact procedure goes like this:
- 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 12 to 24 hours. When this is finished, most patients enjoy permanently corrected vision.
How can LASIK help you?
If you experience nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK may be the right option for you. The procedure has a high rate of patient satisfaction, excellent results, quick recovery time, and few side effects or complications.
LASIK has a variety of other benefits, including:
- No stitches or bandages
- No need for glasses or contacts
- Permanently improved vision
Who is (and isn’t) a candidate for LASIK?
The best candidate for LASIK 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. There is a greater risk for complications for those who don’t meet these recommendations, and these patients may be less likely to experience the positive results of the procedure.
While refractive surgery is not for everyone, anyone interested in LASIK should at least have the 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.
LASIK is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that can help you enjoy excellent vision without contacts or glasses. With the help of eye care experts, you’ll be able to see clearly and get back to your daily routine soon.
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