LASIK Eye Surgery: 10 Facts to Know

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 29-Aug-2012

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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 are required.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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