LASIK is the most advanced form of Vision Correction. Certain vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can be reduced or eliminated by LASIK.
During the LASIK procedure, a “C” shaped flap is gently lifted on the surface of the cornea and folded back, allowing laser access to the tissue underneath without damaging the surface. The computer-controlled excimer laser then “imprints” your glasses prescription right onto the cornea. Because the outer surface of the cornea is not damaged, the LASIK procedure requires mimimal healing time. Most people can return to work and drive a car the following day. Irritation, discomfort, and risks of infection are also significantly reduced. In addition, the finer degree of control of the laser equipment allows LASIK to correct far greater degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
For most patients, there is no pain or any significant discomfort associated with the LASIK procedure. Most people describe the feeling as a light “pressure” on the eye. Eye drops are used to anesthetize each eye so you will not feel the laser treatment. Afterwards, you should plan on resting for several hours. You will be required to wear a clear plastic protective eye shield until the next day when you visit your primary care eye doctor for a post-operative examination. As previously mentioned, most people are able to return to work and resume their normal activities as soon as the next day. You will need to avoid rubbing your eyes or wearing eye makeup for the first week – all of which we will discuss in detail prior to your procedure.
Almost everyone can expect to have their vision corrected to at least 20/40 (sufficient to pass a driver’s test without glasses or contacts), and the majority of people enjoy 20/20 vision or better after the procedure. Your individual results will depend on your current vision, as well as the structure of your eye. Before scheduling a LASIK procedure, we will perform an examination and discuss expectations with you. If you currently require reading glasses or wear bifocals, you will more than likely continue to need glasses for reading. Of course, the best results can be expected, as noted earlier, by working with the right surgeon, surgical team, and facility. We recommend Indiana LASIK Centers to our families, friends, and patients.