All surgeries involving correction by laser vision are designed to reshape the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, such that light that travels through it is focused properly onto the retina that is located in the back of the eye. LASIK is just one of the various types of surgical techniques utilized for the reshaping of the cornea.
First of all, it works! Yes, LASIK eye surgery has been proven to work in correcting vision. Approximately 90% of patients have had their desired vision following this type of eye surgery. An enhancement may further increase this figure.
LASIK eye surgery is also associated with very little pain.
Immediate Benefits: Your vision is corrected almost immediately or by the day after LASIK eye surgery. Sight usually settles down during the first few weeks following surgery.
You do not require any stitches or bandages after undergoing this surgical procedure.
Adjustments may be made years following your LASIK in order to further correct your vision.
Long Term Stability: After undergoing the LASIK procedure, most patients will experience a dramatic reduction in their dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses with many individuals no longer needing them at all. This is because the results of your surgery could easily last a lifetime.
How to Prepare for LASIK Eye Surgery
Before undergoing LASIK eye surgery, you will need to consult with a coordinator who will advice you on what to expect during and after the procedure. During this consultation, they will evaluate your medical history and conduct a full examination of your eyes.
Possible initial tests will include measuring the thickness of your cornea, corneal mapping, refraction, pupil dilation and air pressure. Once you have undergone the initial evaluation, you will meet with the surgeon who will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have. Thereafter, you may schedule an appointment to have the procedure carried out.
Individuals who wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses should not wear them for at least 3 weeks preceding their evaluation. Avoid wearing other types of contact lenses for at least 3 days before your evaluation.
Remember to take your eyeglasses with you to the surgeon such that they are able to review your prescription.
On the day of the surgery, eat a light meal before you go to the doctor’s office and be sure to carry all your prescribed medications with you. Do not wear any makeup or use any bulky hair accessories that may interfere with the positioning of your head under the laser. If you are feeling unwell on the morning of the surgery, be sure to contact the doctor’s office to find out whether the procedure may be postponed.