LASIK eye surgery is the most common form of vision correction surgery. The laser procedure makes precise corrections of the cornea to restore vision for those who are nearsighted, farsighted, or who have astigmatism. While results vary, most patients report 20/20 vision after LASIK eye surgery.
LASIK utilizes lasers to reshape the cornea to improve how the eye focuses. The degree of reshaping is based on the thickness and curvature of your cornea, which is measured with a 3D map of your eye, much like how a topographical map that shows mountains and valleys. The details from the map are taken into account along with information about the type and degree of vision needed for optimal results.
To determine whether LASIK is a good option, eye surgeons first consult with patients who are considering the procedure about their health circumstances and lifestyle goals. Although LASIK benefits many people, the surgical procedure may not be recommended for certain patients.
Some eye or health conditions that may need to be resolved before LASIK, or that may not be conducive to LASIK eye surgery, include:
- Thin or irregular corneas, or Keratoconus
- Diabetes or diabetic retinopathy
- Corneal scarring
- Retinal disease
- Autoimmune disease
- Immunodeficiency disease
- Eye inflammations, or Uveitis
- Eye injuries
- Previous eye surgeries
- Dry eye syndrome
- Ocular herpes
An ophthalmologist can help you assess whether or not you’re a good LASIK eye surgery candidate. Be sure to fully inform your ophthalmologist about your medical history during your initial consultation so that he or she can make a complete assessment for your overall health. The ophthalmologist will also perform a comprehensive examination to ensure you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery.
If you are, LASIK procedures are typically performed in less than an hour on an outpatient basis. Only topical anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the area, no bandages or stitches are needed, and recovery time is short.
Baptist Eye Surgeons is an ophthalmological practice in Knoxville, TN, and Morristown, TN, that specializes in LASIK eye surgeries as well as treatment of eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. To meet our doctors and learn more about our specialities, visit our website or give us a call at 865-579-3920 for more information, or conveniently schedule an appointment online.