Is LASIK right for you?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to no longer need to wear glasses or contacts after you’ve relied on them for years? If so, you’ll be pleased to know you could be the perfect candidate for LASIK eye surgery. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted Stromal In-situ Keratomileusis, which is the most common type of refractive eye surgery. The procedure is a corrective eye surgery that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by reshaping your cornea to improve its focus. While reshaping your cornea sounds complex, the procedure is typically performed in about 20 minutes.
Precise & Pain-Free
During LASIK, the eye surgeon uses lasers to reshape your eye’s cornea and improve its focus. Before surgery, the eye surgeon will measure the thickness and curvature of your cornea and make a 3D map of the curvature of your eye, just like a topographical map that shows mountains and valleys. The details from the map, along with information about how much vision correction you need, are then programmed into state-of-the art technology to determine how best to correct your vision.
The first laser opens a “flap” on the surface of the cornea through which a second laser can make adjustments to the bed of the flap. This allows for the least amount of disturbance to the front surface of the eye, which can then heal very quickly.
LASIK eye surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. Only topical anesthetic eye drops are needed to numb the eye—no general anesthesia, stitches, or bandages are required.
Your eye surgeon should be able to give you a good indication about how your vision should be 24 hours, 48 hours, one week, and one month after your surgery. Typically, improvements are noticeable 24 hours after surgery.
Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK?
To determine whether LASIK is a good option, our 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.
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.
Additional Information on LASIK:
To schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons to assess whether or not LASIK eye surgery is right for you and your vision, call us at 865-579-3920 for more information or schedule an appointment online.
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