By having a consultation and eye examination at your doctor will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. Patients, who are at least 18 years of age, have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any eye diseases are generally suitable.
Many patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism are potential candidates. Doctor will also discuss your lifestyle needs to help you decide if LASIK is the best alternative for you.
The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes for both eyes, and about 5 to 7 minutes per eye.
Most patients are back to work the day after surgery, depending on the work environment. Doctor do ask that you try to relax for a couple of days if possible.
Generally, patients under the age of 40 still read well without the use of glasses following the surgery. Patients over the age of 40 may need reading glasses for small print. Presbyopia is a term that refers to the natural weakening of the muscles that occurs in our early to mid 40s, causing us to need reading glasses. LASIK does not correct or prevent presbyopia. Should you fall into this age category, some Doctors will be happy to discuss monovision with you at your consultation. This is an option that allows many patients the convenience of near and distance vision without the use of reading glasses.
Usually patients are always seen the day following the procedure and then again at one week, one month, three months, and six months following surgery. On occasion, patients require being seen more often. Most of the hospitals offer services twenty-four hours-a-day should you have any questions or concerns.
You will require that you have someone drive you home following your procedure. However, you may drive when you feel comfortable enough to drive safely, possibly the week.
Topical numbing eye drops are used during your procedure. Sometimes an oral medication is offered to help you relax. Doctor do not use any needles during your surgery.
The treatment itself is painless. Doctor will place a few numbing drops in your eye(s) to make you more comfortable. You will feel pressure on and around the eye during the procedure. Some patients may experience a feeling of "something in the eye" for a day or two after treatment.
Surgery can be performed on both eyes on the same day if your doctor feels you are a good candidate. Should you wish to have one eye done at a time, the doctor will discuss this with you and we can accommodate this as well.
The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. An occasional patient may need to wear a thin pair of prescription glasses for driving at night.