What is LASIK?
LASIK, or Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis (meaning to shape the cornea of the eye using a laser), is an advanced laser procedure for correcting nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic vision. This procedure is performed by an ophthalmologist using anesthetic eye drops that completely numb the eye, eliminating the use of needles. The surgeon creates a micro-thin protective flap. As soon as the protective flap has been created, the surgeon uses state-of-the-art laser technology to gently sculpt the cornea for the intended purpose of reducing or eliminating the need for corrective lenses. The protective flap is then replaced and heals instantly without the need for any stitches.
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
You could be a candidate for LASIK if you are at least 18 years of age and suffer with a refractive error that impairs your vision. You must have had stable vision for a minimum of 1 year prior to your treatment date, and your eyes must be healthy and free of diseases and infections. To find out more about LASIK and whether you are a candidate for the procedure, contact our Dallas eye doctor today.
What are the advantages of LASIK?
If you have worn glasses or contact lenses for a long time, you may have wondered if LASIK surgery is a good choice for you. While not everyone is a candidate for LASIK, it does have some great advantages. People, who play sports, have allergies, or who are looking for simplicity will all benefit from LASIK.
What should I expect during LASIK surgery?
Your Dallas surgeon will numb your eyes using anesthetic eye drops. Once your eye is numb, your doctor will create a flap on your eye and lift it to expose the cornea. Your vision may become very blurry, but that is normal. A cool laser will reshape your corneal tissue, and the flap will be placed gently back over your eye. It is normal to experience some irritation in your eye in the hours immediately following your surgery, but this should subside by the morning after your procedure
Will I need to follow any special instructions after my treatment?
Your eye will heal quickly, but it is important to follow the regimen of post-surgical drops and to avoid rubbing it or applying pressure to it in the days following your procedure. After resting the day of your procedure, you may be capable of returning to work as soon as the following day. As a precaution, you may be advised to avoid wearing eye make-up or applying any topical products to the area around your eyes in the first 14 days following LASIK surgery.