Lasik Surgery Explained: A Complete Guideline

Lasik Surgery Explained: A Complete Guideline
November 26 16:32 2016 Print This Article

LASIK surgery is a laser eye operation to treat eye problems such as myopia, astigmatism orhyperopia. This operation is done to reshape the cornea or the outer windshield of the eye, to enable light rays to enter and focused on the retina for clearer vision.

In most cases, the LASIK laser eye procedure is pain-free and is completed within 30minutes for both eyes. The end results will be improved vision of the patient without having to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. The results can be noticed in as little as twenty-four hours after the operation. There are also other vision correction procedures like PRK, LASEK eye operation or implantable contact lens surgery that are available for those who are not qualified for LASIK.

Schedule for an eye assessment to determine which of these options is suitable for your eye condition or which among these techniques is best for you.

LASIK Surgery Procedure

During LASIK surgery, the eye surgeon will be using mechanical surgical equipment known as the microkeratomeor a femtosecond laser to create a thin, circular flap in a patient’s cornea. The best result can be achieved from the femtosecond laser as it is a fast, accurate and preciselaser. The eye surgeon will then fold the hinged flap in order to have access the underlying cornea or the stromal. Then the doctor will bereshaping the corneal tissue with the use of an excimer laser. For nearsighted persons, the main goal of this operation is to flatten the cornea. As for those who are farsighted, the aim is to shape the cornea steeper cornea.

After the laser reshapes the cornea, the flap will then be laid back in place to allow the cornea to heal quickly and naturally without the need of any stitches. You will only need topical anesthetic drops during the surgery. The procedure will be done in just 10 minutes per eye.Right after the surgery, vision may still be hazy and blurry. You will only need a few days to recover and a few weeks for vision to stabilize. Generally, most patients are able to achieve good vision the next day.

While the surgery is known for delivering excellent safety results, LASIK complications can still occur. This may include dry eyes, infections, or night glares. When this happens, be sure to contact your surgeon as this could hinder you from doing your day-to-day tasks such as driving or reading.

While the percentage is small, there are still some patients who will need a LASIK enhancement in order to fully achieve the ideal results. This touch up or enhancement is done a few months following the primary LASIK surgery. You also may still need to wear reading glasses when you reach the age of 40s or 50s due to  presbyopia (an age-related loss of near vision). Getting LASIK done does not spare you from aging and developing presbyopia.

If you want to learn more about LASIK, get in touch with Atlas Eye. They have reliable staff members who are well informed in helping patients improve their vision.  You may visit their website to schedule an appointment.

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