LASIK is a great alternative for many people who want the opportunity to experience freedom from glasses and contacts. LASIK is FDA approved to provide a customized correction for a wide range of vision disorders such as:
In general, you may be an appropriate candidate if:
In normal vision, the cornea refracts (bends light) so it focuses properly on the retina. Refractive errors is the term used when the cornea does not refract light properly onto the retina. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are the three types of refractive errors. Nearsightedness is when the cornea is too strong, farsightedness is when the cornea is too weak, and astigmatism is when the cornea is oval shaped instead of spherical.
LASIK uses lasers to reshape the curvature of the cornea and solve refractive errors.
The first step is the creation of a thin corneal flap after numbing drops are instilled. In the early days of LASIK, we used a bladed instrument to create the flap. Now, we use an ultrafast laser to create a thinner, more precise flap using a series of microscopic bubbles in the corneal tissue.
The second step is the corneal flap is gently folded back and our Visx excimer laser is painlessly used to reshape the underlying cornea to eliminate the refractive errors.
The third step is the flap is folded back into place where it bonds quickly.
A comprehensive eye exam is performed. This helps determine if LASIK is right for you. It involves a variety of tests to check the health of your eyes and a thorough review of your medical history.
Oral relaxing medication is given.
Numbing eye drops will be applied to your eyes to keep them comfortable throughout the procedure.
You will feel some pressure n your eye when the flap is created to prepare your cornea for treatment, and the sensation usually lasts less than a minute.
Usually both eyes are treated during the same visit.
You will be given eye shields to protect your eyes.
You must have someone drive you home because your vision will be blurry and you may be a little drowsy from the mild sedative.
When you get home you should take a nap or simply relax and let your eyes rest for a while.
Some blurriness and fluctuation of vision is common during recovery. This should continue to diminish with time.
You will use eye drops recommended by Dr. Lipstock to keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and moist.
You will return to see Dr. Lipstock for a series of follow up appointments.
You may return to work as quickly as the next day.
To learn more, schedule a free consultation with Lipstock LASIK Center now!