LASIK, short for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis, is a well-established laser surgery procedure that can treat essentially any refractive condition. This includes nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
The LASIK process begins with an in depth patient examination to determine candidacy. After candidacy is confirmed and your preoperative exams are completed, the procedure is quite straightforward. In fact, patients are often surprised to learn that the actual surgical part of the LASIK process only takes about 15 minutes!
Your eyes will be anesthetized with numbing drops, and a light sedative may be administered orally. You will then be led to the laser suite where the surgery will take place. Once in the surgical suite your eye will be held in place with light suction, and a flap will be made on your upper corneal tissue using a laser. This allows the surgeons to access and treat the lower corneal tissue. After the adjustment occurs the flap will be replaced, and the process repeated for your other eye. After this, your surgeon will then double-check your flap placement, and you’re all set! You should notice an instant improvement in vision.
Immediately following surgery patients are instructed to go home and rest. Keep in mind that you will not be able to drive, so you will have to arrange for alternative transportation.
The following day you will be required to return for a follow up appointment, at which point the majority of patients are declared legally fit to drive, glasses free!
After surgery you will be required to adhere to a strict after care schedule, which will be fully explained to you before surgery.
With the majority of patients receiving 20/20 vision or higher, and a complication rate of less than 1%, this procedure is incredibly safe and effective.
If you’re interested in this amazing procedure, please give us a call or schedule below. We’d be happy to answer all of your LASIK questions and help to determine your candidacy in a free consultation! We look forward to seeing you!
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