Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a popular procedure to correct issues that people have with their eyesight. It doesn’t matter if you’re near-sighted or far-sighted or if you have astigmatism there is a LASIK surgery that can help to correct. Each of these conditions requires either glasses or contacts to correct but with LASIK surgery you can eliminate the need for glasses and contacts and be able to see clearly with your own eyes.
What happens during LASIK surgery?
To begin the process the patient is sedated but still slightly conscious during the procedure. They are taken into the operating room and prepped for the procedure. The procedure begins by cutting a flap on the top of the cornea to reveal the stroma where LASIK surgery uses computer controlled laser pulses to reshape the cornea making small modifications in how the cornea works to correct issues with vision. When the corrections are complete the flap is place back on the eye and the patient is allowed to leave and go home. Normally, patients will sleep for a considerable amount of time after the procedure but by the next day they will already be seeing more clearly and be able to go without glasses or contacts.
Additional LASIK information
After the procedure patients need to be cautious and protect their eyes while they heal. If you are working outside or in a dusty environment goggles to protect the dust from getting in your eyes are recommended. There can be complications such as blurriness or starred vision. Sometimes the procedure does not improve the eyesight as intended and a second procedure is required. These are some of the risks of the LASIK procedure that all patients need to be aware of when getting surgery.
LASIK surgery is common and the technology continues to involve. If you’re ready to get rid of glasses and contacts for good then talk to a doctor and determine if LASIK will work for your eyes.
Eye Michigan were one of the first practices in Southeast Michigan to practice laser corrective surgery and have a collective 30 years experience regarding the matter. Call (248) 221-1022 for more information.