What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK Eye Surgery, also known as Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis or laser vision correction, is a refractive procedure that reshapes the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
LASIK Eye Surgery Benefits
LASIK offers many improvements over other refractive surgery procedures like:
- Little to no post-operative discomfort.
- Immediate vision improvement.
- Ability to drive or return to work quickly-sometimes as soon as the next day.
Is LASIK Eye Surgery safe?
LASIK is very safe if you are properly screened for adequate Corneal thickness and corneal shape.
Using targeted excimer laser beam energy, the LASIK Eye Surgery procedure reshapes corneal tissue to correct refractive errors so that light rays are focused more precisely on the retina to produce clear, sharp vision. Patients who choose to undergo LASIK achieve clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses, while also benefiting from minimal downtime and little to no post-operative discomfort.
What to expect during LASIK eye surgery
Before surgery begins, numbing eye drops are applied to your eye to prevent any discomfort during the procedure.The surgeon will then gently prop your eyelids open using an instrument called a lid speculum, a device used to stabilize the eye. It is normal to feel mild pressure. You will be asked to look at a target light for a short time while he or she watches your eye through a microscope as the laser sends pulses of light to your cornea. The laser light pulses painlessly reshape the cornea.
Is LASIK Permanent?
LASIK Eye Surgery is not permanent. As long as your myopia or hyperopia, your vision after LASIK should remain stable. However, as we age, cataracts or cloudy lenses develop. The cataracts will change the prescription and essentially undo the LASIK surgery. The cataracts can be removed to restore vision.
LASIK Surgery Recovery
Usually it only takes a few days to recover from LASIK eye surgery. Most people return to work 2 -3 days after surgery. Vision continues to improve for the next 1-3 months.
How soon after Surgery will I be able to see?
It usually takes several hours after the surgery for things to become clearer. After the first 4 hours, each subsequent hour brings clearer vision. In fact, most patients are able to drive the next day.
Can LASIK be reversed?
Yes and no. If someone has a mild prescription and there is enough cornea, a second procedure can be performed. In some cases, the corneas are too thin and cannot be retreated.