LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct refractive errors, reshaping your cornea and refocusing your vision. A refractive error is the term for an error in the focusing system of the eye. While glasses and contact fix such issues, those solutions are only temporary. LASIK provides a more long-term solution, as the correction is done directly to your eyeball.
Candidates for LASIK must be over 18, in good health, and must not have eye diseases. Additionally, they cannot have had a prescription change in the past year. Pregnant and nursing women are not suitable candidates for LASIK.
You may still need glasses after LASIK for certain activities, such as reading; LASIK can’t correct presbyopia, which is when your vision changes due to age. And with LASIK it’s possible that you may need retreatment. Still, LASIK has been proven safe and effective for most people.
the day after having surgery.
Envision’s LASIK specialist, Dr. Steven Perrone, is an experienced and skilled professional. Together with other members of the Envision team, he’ll help you understand your condition and walk you through the LASIK process. Envision only uses the best and latest technologies to ensure top-quality care. We’ll be there for you from pre-op through post-op, even providing transportation.
Can you describe the surgical procedure?
LASIK is simple procedure that typically takes less than 15 minutes for both eyes. You lie down, and numbing eye drops are placed in your eyes. The eye area is cleaned, the surgical team reviews your treatment information a final time, and a lid speculum is placed to keep your eyelids open during the surgery. A thin flap is created on your cornea, you’re asked to look at a light – incidentally, that’s not the light of the laser – and the laser then reshapes your cornea. your cornea. The cornea flap is replaced – no sutures required – and you’re done.
Are there risks?
Of course, as with any surgical procedure, LASIK isn’t risk-free and complications can arise. Possible risks include under-correction or over-correction, flap complications, sensitivity to glare, dry eyes, haze, and infection. Symptoms are typically mild and get better with time. Occasionally, an additional procedure is required.
Is it possible to go blind from LASIK?
There’s never been a case in the U.S. where someone went blind from LASIK. With careful patient screening, reasonable expectations, and a competent surgeon, most people will be pleased with the results.