You’ve probably heard people talk about LASIK and you may even know someone (joining 30 million others) who has had the procedure performed. However, you’re still not sure what it is and you’re wondering if you are a candidate. We are here to help!
WHAT LASIK IS
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is an innovative form of eye surgery. It uses a laser to reshape the cornea. Primarily, it is an outpatient procedure that generally takes 10-15 minutes for each eye.
WHAT IT’S USED FOR
Nearsightedness (myopia): distant objects appear blurry
Farsightedness (hyperopia): nearby objects appear blurry
Astigmatism: blurred vision caused by an irregularly shaped cornea
HOW IT WORKS
The cornea is the clear, round window of tissue that allows light to enter the front of the eye. By reshaping the cornea, an eye surgeon is able to adjust the focus of light on the retina. The cornea heals very quickly and some patients see improvement almost immediately.
BEST CANDIDATES = BEST OUTCOMES
The best candidates have mild/moderate myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism, and adequate corneal thickness. Typical results are 20/20 vision without glasses or contact lenses and a recovery time of a few days to several weeks as vision stabilizes.
A FEW CHECKPOINTS
LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but not everyone is an ideal candidate. That can only bedetermined through a comprehensive consultation including an eye exam and a series of eye tests.
Although LASIK has been used successfully in the U.S. for over 20 years, it is important toconsult a highly experienced LASIK surgeon to discuss the potential risks and complications. Dr. Katie can give you a great referral!
Examine your health insurance policy to find out if LASIK surgery is covered. The cost varies and can range from hundreds to thousands per eye.
If you end up not being a good LASIK candidate, a number of other vision correction surgeries are available, such as PRK and LASEK laser eye surgery and phakic IOL surgery.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT LASIK?
If you are considering LASIK and you would like to know more, contact Dr. Katie today to schedule an appointment. 417-881-EYES