Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is a refractive surgery designed to improve vision and reduce your reliance on glasses and contact lenses. The satisfaction rate for LASIK is higher than most other elective procedures – specifically, 98.5 percent of people would gladly receive the surgery again.
Before the surgery, your doctor will apply numbing drops to your eyes to reduce any discomfort. If you’re feeling anxious, you will be provided with a mild sedative.
During the surgery, your eyes will be held open with a lid speculum to keep you from blinking. Your doctor will apply a suction ring to your eye to hold it in place, then use a laser to form what is known as a “corneal flap.” This thin flap will be lifted so that another laser can reshape the tissue underneath.
The entire procedure is relatively quick, with each eye taking less than ten minutes. In most cases, your eyes will be under the laser for less than a minute.
Most people are able to return to work the next day, although your doctor will have specific instructions for you once your surgery is complete. Some patients will be able to see clearly immediately, whereas others may need to wait a few hours for the procedure to take full effect.
Once your surgery is complete, you will need someone to drive you home. Your doctor will provide you with protective sunglasses or eye shields to prevent you from rubbing your eyes at night. You’ll also receive eye drops. Your doctor will want to see you again within the next few days to make sure that your eyes are healing properly.
You can expect your eyes to be completely healed within 3 to 6 months, depending on the severity of your pre-LASIK prescription.
Like any surgical procedure, LASIK can result in complications. Thankfully, the vast majority of these complications (e.g., dry eye, halos) are mild, and many will resolve on their own.
These days, doctors only perform LASIK surgery if they are certain you’ll make a good candidate. Our team of experts at Medical Eye Specialists will perform a thorough eye examination before we even consider performing the surgery. This precaution significantly reduces the risk of long-term complications.
The cost of LASIK varies depending on your eye’s unique anatomy. Places that advertise LASIK for a specific (often low) price tend to contain hidden fees. We want to make sure you receive the most accurate price possible before undergoing the procedure.
If you are interested in receiving LASIK, contact Medical Eye Specialists today for a no-obligation consultation. We’ll let you know if you’re a candidate for the procedure, as well as the anticipated cost. We’ll also discuss financing options.
Contact us today, and we’ll be delighted to answer any questions you have. Your vision – and your comfort – is important to us.