Common questions about LASIK eye surgery
- Posted on: Feb 14 2020
If you’ve been dreaming about ditching the glasses and contacts for a while, now may be the time to talk to your doctor about LASIK eye surgery. Here are xxx common questions patients ask about this popular vision correction procedure:
What is LASIK eye surgery? Laser in-situ keratomileusis, also known as LASIK, corrects vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. A high-powered laser is used to create a thin flap in the corneal tissue, the cornea is reshaped and the flap is put back into place.
How do you know if you’re a good candidate for surgery? As LASIK is an elective procedure, you will need to meet certain criteria to have surgery. You should be in good general health. You also need to have realistic expectations for the procedure, recovery and results. If you have other eye diseases or conditions, LASIK may not be a good choice. If you’re on certain medication or are pregnant or nursing, you will need to wait to have LASIK surgery. If your cornea is too thin or misshapen, you are likely not a good candidate for LASIK.
How long is the procedure? You will spend less than two hours in the office, but the procedure will take less than a half-hour.
Is this surgery painful? Numbing drops help ensure that there is no pain, but you may feel some slight pressure. You won’t have bandages or stitches.
What does recovery from LASIK eye surgery look like? You will be given prescription eye drops to keep your eyes moist and prevent infection and inflammation. You’ll also be advised to take over-the-counter medication to take care of any discomfort. Vision may be blurry initially, but you’ll have improved vision soon after.
Are the results permanent? Yes, but adjustments can be made later on if your vision changes as you age.
LASIK has helped thousands of people get away from wearing glasses and contacts. If you are considering LASIK eye surgery to correct your vision, contact our Everett office at (425) 259-2020 for a consultation.
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