LASIK, short for laser in-situ keratomileusis, is an incredibly precise eye surgery that is used to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism among others. It is a laser-based technique and like all laser-based eye procedures, LASIK reshapes the cornea in order to clear the front section of the eye.

This is done to adjust the path of the light traveling through the cornea and focus correctly on the retina.

LASIK has many significant advantages over other kinds of procedures. Some of the various advantages are mentioned include:

• The success rate of the procedure is 96%, meaning most patients have had their vision corrected after the procedure.

• There is little to no pain involved with LASIK as numbing drops are used on the eyes before the procedure.

• Recovery is fast and easy.

• LASIK does not require the use of special bandages or stitches.

• In case the vision changes with age, the LASIK procedure can be used to make further adjustments in order to remedy the changes.

• Most patients no longer need contact lenses or eyeglasses due to the dramatic improvement experienced after going through the procedure.

Preparing For The LASIK Procedure

Before undergoing the treatment, you will have to schedule a consultation with a doctor who has experience performing LASIK. The doctor will talk to you about the procedure and the results you can expect in order to alleviate any concerns you may have about it.

Your doctor will make sure to check your medical history in order to find out if you’re a good fit for the surgery. There is also a thorough evaluation of the eyes and its proper functioning. Some of the various tests that are conducted include checking corneal thickness and eye pressure, evaluating pupil dilation, and the current level of sight.

After the tests are completed, your doctor will be able to develop a treatment plan to help treat your eyes and enhance your vision. You should refrain from wearing contact lenses for at least three days before the surgery.

How Is It Performed?

The surgery is performed using an instrument called keratome or a femtosecond laser. This laser instrument is used to create a thin flap on the cornea. The flap is carefully peeled back with no pain at all and the underlying corneal tissue is reshaped using another kind of laser.

After the reshaping is done, the corneas are able to once again correctly focus light and land a sharp image on the retina. The corneal flap is subsequently put back after the reshaping has been successfully completed.

The entire procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which is administered in the form of eye drops. There are no shots or needles involved. The entire procedure takes about ten minutes to complete and the patient can also request a mild sedative in order to remain composed during the entire process.

The patient will not be able to drive back home immediately after the operation and will require a friend or a family member for support in transportation.

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LASIK is an incredibly precise treatment that can help improve your vision and your entire life overall. If you’re interested in learning more about it, contact Patel Eye Associates to schedule your consultation today!