LASIK Eye Surgery - Your Questions Answered - Part 1

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 2-Nov-2012

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Part one of a three-part series answering the most frequently asked questions about LASIK eye surgery.

The decision to undergolaser eye surgery is not one to take lightly. The human eyes are extremely intricate and very delicate. Your vision is essential to quality of life. WhileLASIK eye surgery has been tested and performed successfully millions of times for over 15 years, it’s important to have all of your questions answered before you commit to going under the laser.

LASIK stands for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, and is a vision correction surgery used to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Laser eye surgery corrects vision by reshaping the cornea of the eye so light is properly focused on the retina, providing clear vision. LASIK is just one form of laser vision correction surgery.

Do you have questions about LASIK? You aren’t alone. Prior to undergoing LASIK eye surgery, it’s important to understand how the procedure works, and how to know if it is the right vision correction option for you.

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK eye surgery:

How does LASIK eye surgery work?
The procedure may vary based on the laser used. The doctors at Key-Whitman use the Wavelight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q for OptiLASIK™ and Intralase® blade-free lasers to perform LASIK eye surgery.

During the surgery procedure, a flap is created using a femto-second laser and it is gently lifted and folded back. The excimer laser reshapes the underlying corneal tissue by emitting a computer-controlled beam of light that removes the exact amount of tissue in a matter of seconds. The corneal flap is then placed back into its original position. Due to the cornea's extraordinary bonding qualities, no stitches or patches are required.

How do I know if LASIK is right for me?
The ideal candidate for LASIK is at least 18-years-old. Candidates must have a healthy cornea and should have experienced little or no change in vision over the last 12 months. LASIK is designed to treat refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. It can also be used to correct vision that was over or under-corrected following a previous refractive or cataract surgery.

What medical conditions or circumstances would keep me from being a candidate?
There are some medical conditions, which may rule you out as a candidate for LASIK or increase your chances of complications. These conditions may include:

  • Autoimmune diseases, which may impair the body’s ability to heal.
  • Persistent dry eyes.
  • Thin or irregular corneas, keratoconus, abnormal lid position, deep-set eyes and other anatomic concerns.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women. Vision often fluctuates for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Individuals with severe refractive error may not experience the same benefits from LASIK, making it difficult to justify the cost and risk associated with laser eye surgery.

LASIK eye surgery is not for everyone, but millions of patients have undergone successful vision correction surgery with LASIK. To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact Key-Whitman toschedule a free consultation.

Do you have other questions about LASIK? Ask us in the comments below, or on ourFacebook Page!

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