Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is a refractive surgery used to correct common eye disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in order to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. Dr. Sheehan and our LASIK team at Medical Eye Specialists are dedicated to a “patient first” philosophy of personalized care. We understand the importance of your vision and will take the time to explain every step of the evaluation process during your complimentary consultation. Dr. Sheehan will then review whether you are a candidate for LASIK, and if not will discuss alternative treatment options such as advanced surface ablation (PRK) or lens-based refractive surgeries.

What Happens During LASIK Surgery?

At the beginning of the procedure the patient is given a mild sedative and the eye is anesthetized with eye drops. LASIK is then performed in two steps. Dr. Sheehan performs the first step of the procedure by use of a femtosecond laser. In this method, a thin flap of tissue is created. The second step of LASIK is the actual “reshaping” of the cornea. An excimer laser is used to gently reshape the cornea and correct the patient’s underlying refractive error. Typically the actual laser treatment takes less than 60 seconds per eye. During the day after the procedure the eyes may feel sensitive to light and you may experience some tearing.

Dr. Sheehan is pleased to offer Custom “all laser” LASIK to his Southwest Montana patients. Custom LASIK begins by constructing a 3-D map of your eye with a special device known as a Wavescan. This 3-D map will create a laser treatment specific to your eye. The Wavescan unit will also map the colored part of your eye, the iris, which allows the treatment to be lined up to your eye in a very precise manner.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from LASIK?

Most patients are able to return to work within 24 to 48 hours. 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 not notice an improvement from the procedure until the next day.

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.

What Are The Risks Associated With LASIK?

It is important to have realistic expectations when considering LASIK. Medical Eye Specialists offers LASIK as a way to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses. In some cases glasses may still be needed to read or drive. Dr. Sheehan is dedicated to offering you the safest possible option with maximal benefit based on your complimentary evaluation. Like any surgical procedure, LASIK can result in complications. Thankfully, the vast majority of these complications are mild, and many will resolve on their own. Dr. Sheehan will review all risks and benefits in person to help you make an informed decision.

How Much Does LASIK Cost?

The cost of LASIK varies depending on your eye’s unique anatomy. We want to make sure you receive the most accurate price possible before undergoing the procedure. If you are interested in 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. Your vision is important to us.

Contact us today, and we’ll be delighted to answer any questions you have. Your vision – and your comfort – is important to us.