How do I know if I’m a candidate for Laser Vision Correction?
We recommend you come in for an evaluation to discuss your particular situation and help determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. At South East Eye, our goal is to provide you with the vision procedure that is right for you!
Are all patients who wear glasses and contacts candidates for LASIK?
Most patients who wear glasses are good candidates for LASIK. Patients with virtually every degree of nearsightedness are enjoying good outcomes with LASIK. We are able to treat mild to moderate degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. For more extreme nearsightedness and farsightedness, lens implants may be an option.
Is refractive surgery a safe procedure?
We will discuss with you the benefits, risks, and side-effects of the surgery, and what you may be able to expect from the procedure. The FDA has approved LASIK as a safe and effective procedure. It is important, however, to remember that LASIK is not the right choice for everybody. Some people are not appropriate candidates, and if treated could have less than optimal results. It is important that you receive a thorough pre-operative evaluation to determine if LASIK is right for you.
How long does it take to perform LASIK surgery?
The actual procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. Depending on your prescription, and the amount of correction needed, the laser itself only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your vision. However, you should plan on being in the office for approximately an hour-and-a-half on your day of surgery.
Will the LASIK procedure hurt?
Most laser vision correction patients find LASIK surgery to be slightly uncomfortable but not painful. Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye just before LASIK surgery begins, and you may also be given a mild sedative to help you relax. After your LASIK surgery, your eye may feel a foreign body sensation or irritation for a few hours, but most patients are quite comfortable after taking a short nap. You will be given drops for your eyes to counteract any dryness you may experience in the days following the surgery.
What kind of vision can I expect the day after surgery?
Many patients notice improved vision immediately after the procedure. Most patients are functional without their corrective lenses at the one-day post-operative exam. Patients continue to see a gradual increase in their visual acuity during the first five to seven days after the procedure.
How much work will I miss?
Most patients return to their normal activities the day after the procedure. Our LASIK team can give you more details on what you can expect when you come in for an evaluation.