LASIK Eye Surgery - Your Questions Answered - Part 2

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 7-Nov-2012

photodune-1449105-green-eyes-xsPart two of a three-part series answering the most frequently asked questions about LASIK eye surgery.

The decision to undergo laser 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. While LASIK 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 what to expect during and after surgery.

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

Is the procedure painful?
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 are required. Some LASIK patients are concerned the laser used may burn their eyes. Lasers used in LASIK and other laser vision correction surgeries are considered "cold" lasers, and will not burn the surface of the eye.

What should I expect following LASIK eye 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 discomfort and inflammation. Vision may be hazy or blurry for the first few hours after surgery, but most patients will notice improved vision within the first few days following 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 to schedule a free consultation.

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