LASIK eye surgery is becoming increasingly popular as people look for alternatives to vision
correction without pesky eyeglasses or contact lenses. LASIK technology
continues to improve, making the surgery more precise and reducing risk
of complications. Even with the promises of the latest technology, every
patient’s needs are different.
Before committing to LASIK eye surgery, there are 10 key things you should know:
Yourself - What are your needs? Why are you considering LASIK? Are you aware of the
common results of LASIK and that you may require reading glasses later
on in life?
Your eligibility - Not everyone is eligible for LASIK. The ideal candidate is 18 years or
older, has a healthy cornea and has not had significant change in vision
in the last 12 months.
Schedule a free consultation with Key-Whitman to determine your candidacy for LASIK.
Your surgeon - Select an experienced, board-certified LASIK surgeon. Know your eye surgeon’s
credentials and success rate. It’s also important to know plan of
care following surgery.
Potential risks - People who are nearsighted are at higher risk of needing repeat LASIK
procedures. Know your refractive error and what specific risks are associated
with your individual vision needs. As with any medical procedure, there
are potential side effects associated with LASIK including: glare from
bright lights, halos (rings around lights), light sensitivity, night driving
glare, and visual fluctuation. Your individual risks will be discussed
at the time of your consultation.
What to expect during surgery - During LASIK eye surgery, a flap in the cornea is created using
IntraLase and is gently lifted and folded back. The laser reshapes the underlying
corneal tissue by emitting a computer-controlled beam of light that removes
the exact amount of tissue in just a matter of seconds. Following the
reshaping of the tissue, the corneal flap is put back into place. Patients
undergoing LASIK eye surgery will be given eye drops as a local anesthetic.
The procedure usually lasts no longer than 20 minutes, and due to the
cornea’s extraordinary bonding qualities, no stitches or patches
What to expect after surgery - After surgery, your eye will be shielded with protective goggles overnight.
Plan to have someone drive you home from surgery. You will rest your eyes
overnight and return to see your doctor the following morning and follow
up at regular intervals in the months following surgery.
After undergoing LASIK eye surgery, your eyes will be dry, although you
may not feel as though they are. Your doctor will prescribe eye drops
to keep your eyes moist and to prevent infection and inflammation. Vision
may be hazy or blurry for the first day, but most patients will notice
improved vision within the first few days following surgery.
The odds of LASIK - Laser eye surgery is used to improve vision, but perfect vision cannot
be guaranteed. Many LASIK patients may still require the use of reading glasses.
The limitations of LASIK - LASIK eye surgery is used to treat nearsightedness with or without astigmatism,
farsightedness with or without astigmatism and over or under correction
from previous refractive or cataract surgery. Refractive surgery may not
prevent you from needing reading glasses as you age.
Your alternative treatment options - During your consultation ask the doctor if LASIK is the best option to
treat your vision. There may be alternative treatments available that
would better treat your vision problems.
Fees associated with LASIK - Before committing to any medical procedure, it’s important to know
what your out of pocket fees will be. Key-Whitman offers patients package
options. The fee for each package is a comprehensive charge, which includes
all preoperative measurements and examinations, surgical and facility
costs, post-operative care and enhancement procedures are included in
the fee coinciding with the terms of the package selected.
Contact Key-Whitman to schedule a
free LASIK consultation.
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