If you wear contact lenses or glasses every day, LASIK surgery is something to consider. Imagine going to the gym, camping, traveling, or falling asleep without worry.
LASIK has a very high success rate and is a quick and painless surgery with fast recovery time. You should make an appointment with your eye doctor to see if you are someone who may qualify for LASIK surgery. But are you wondering if LASIK is worth it? Keep reading to find out why it is!
The LASIK Procedure
Before LASIK, you will receive anesthesia in the form of eye drops. This means you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. At most, you may feel some mild pressure on your eye during LASIK.
The surgeon will create a small flap in the cornea to access the layers of tissue in the cornea underneath. A laser is then used to remove parts of the tissue and create a curvature of the cornea.
Your cornea is then reshaped depending on your individual vision needs. The surgery usually takes anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes per eye.
After the Procedure
Immediately after surgery, you will need to stay in the office for a short period of time to rest. After you receive a post-operative evaluation and are cleared, you are free to go home.
You cannot drive yourself on the same day as surgery. Make sure you have a ride set up so you can get home safely!
Once home, you may experience some irritation or blurriness. This can last for a few days after LASIK, but it clears up quickly. Once cleared up, your vision and eyes will start normalizing.
Many patients return to work the day after LASIK but do what feels best for you. Most people who get LASIK surgery end up with 20/20 vision or better!
Depending on the correction during LASIK, some people may need a mild prescription. This is usually only necessary for completing small tasks, if at all. The full corrective effects from LASIK last years. Most people do not need follow-up enhancements.
Extreme complications like vision loss are rare after LASIK surgery. More common side effects after LASIK include dry eye, halos, or double vision. If you notice under-correction or over-correction or astigmatism, schedule a LASIK enhancement.
It’s necessary to have a full exam and discussion with your eye doctor to determine if you’re a LASIK candidate. Your eyes and vision need to be stable for at least a year before LASIK.
Your eyes should also be healthy and your prescription must be within a certain limit. You also need to inform your doctor if you have any autoimmune disorders.
These could affect your ability to heal after LASIK. If you are not a good LASIK candidate, there are other vision correction procedures. Come into Frantz EyeCare in Fort Myers and ask about LASEK, PRK, or SMILE Eye Surgery as well as LASIK.
Ready to find out if you could be a good candidate for LASIK? Don’t delay and schedule your LASIK consultation at Frantz EyeCare today!