Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK Surgery
You may have heard wonderful things from people who have undergone LASIK surgery and no longer need to wear glasses or contacts. But what's involved in this form of corrective laser surgery, and what can it do for your vision? Here are the answers to some frequently asked LASIK questions here at Mills Eye Care in Mooresville NC.
- What does LASIK mean? LASIK stands for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis." It is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to reshape the cornea of the eye to correct the way incoming light is refracted, normalizing your vision without the use of corrective lenses.
- What kinds of vision issues can benefit from LASIK? LASIK can be highly effective at correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. (Patients with presbyopia may still need reading glasses for close work, even after primary refractive error has been corrected.)
- What are the qualifications for receiving LASIK? Candidates for LASIK surgery should be 18 or older, have a relatively stable corrective prescription, and corneal tissue in good condition and of adequate thickness.
- If I can't receive LASIK, are there other surgical options? If your corneal tissue is too thin for LASIK surgery, your eye doctor may refer you for another type of surgery known as PRK. PRK surgery also involves reshaping the cornea, but it does so in a way that preserves more corneal tissue than LASIK.
- How does the surgery work? The attending eye doctor will first numb your eye and provide sedation. A surgical laser makes a very fine incision so an outer flap of corneal tissue can be lifted away. The laser then removes underlying corneal tissue with great precision until the new shape corrects your refractive error perfectly. The flap is put back into place, where it heals naturally.
- What can I expect during the procedure? Thanks to the anesthetic, LASIK surgery is painless. It's also very quick, with the actual operation taking only a few minutes, although the sedation may require you to get a ride home from someone. The eye will be covered to protect it against any damage while it heals. You may begin noticing clearer vision within a day or so.
- How will your Mooresville optometrist help me after the surgery? Either Mooresville optometrist on our team can perform follow-up examinations, beginning the day after surgery, to test your improving vision and monitor your recuperation.
Contact Our Mooresville Optometry Clinic, Mills Eye Care Today
As with any surgery, it pays to learn as much as possible so you can make an informed decision -- and our optometry clinic can help. Call Mills Eye Care at (704) 664-9121 for a LASIK consultation!