What is LASIK vison correction?
The goal of laser eye surgery is to change the shape the cornea so it does a better job of focusing images onto the retina for sharper vision. LASIK and PRK are two types of laser vision correction.
Is LASIK safe?
Are there risks with LASIK surgery?
Can I have both eyes done at the same time?
Does LASIK hurt?
How long does the LASIK Procedure take?
How do I know if I'm eligible for laser vision correction?
• You must have healthy eyes — no glaucoma, infection, cataracts, severe dry eye or any other condition that would affect postoperative healing.
• You must be an adult: age 21 or older (with some exceptions).
• Your vision must be stable for at least a year before surgery.
• If you’re pregnant or nursing, your hormonal levels can affect the shape of your eye. You’ll need to wait until your hormones are back to normal levels.
• You cannot have a degenerative or autoimmune disease, since this would affect healing.
What happens on the day of my LASIK procedure?
You’ll lie down in a reclining chair. The surgeon will place anesthetic drops in your eye, position your head under the laser and place an eyelid speculum (retainer) under your lids to hold your eye wide open.
In LASIK, the surgeon creates a thin flap in the top of the cornea, folds it back out of the way, uses the laser to remove some corneal tissue and then puts the flap back in place. If you’re having PRK, no flap is created: The laser simply removes the outer layer of the cornea (epithelium), which grows back after surgery.
When may I resume driving?
When may I go back to work?
When may I resume wearing eye makeup?
Are there any side effects?
What if time passes and I’m not seeing better?
Will I still need glasses after LASIK?
If you’re over age 40 and have signs of presbyopia, eyeglasses with progressive lenses will give you clear vision at all distances and also shield your eyes from dust, debris and drying wind or air conditioning.
Photochromic lenses are beneficial because they protect your eyes from 100 percent of the sun’s UV rays and darken automatically in sunlight. (This is particularly helpful if you are sensitive to light after surgery.)
Whatever type of glasses you choose to wear after LASIK (including reading glasses), you will experience the best clarity and comfort if the lenses include anti-reflective coating. Ask your optician for details.