When it comes to clear vision, many people opt to wear glasses or contacts. But there are other options, like LASIK eye surgery, that have helped millions to achieve clear vision. Like any surgical procedure, LASIK may not be right for everyone. Before scheduling your procedure, check out some information about LASIK surgery with Medical Eye Care Associates!
What is LASIK?
LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses, is a laser vision correction procedure. During LASIK, your surgeon at Medical Eye Care Associates will reshape your cornea to correct refractive errors. The cornea is the clear front surface of the eye that handles how light enters the eye. If you have refractive errors, it means that your cornea is an irregular shape and the eye can't focus light correctly. This leads to distorted or blurry vision.
To find out if you're a good candidate for LASIK, you'll need to schedule a LASIK consultation. Here are some of the factors that go into whether you're a good candidate:
These are only a few of the factors taken into consideration, which is why anyone interested in LASIK must schedule a LASIK consultation. During your LASIK consultation, it is important to disclose your entire medical history.
There are several best practices that help to ensure that the LASIK procedure goes as smoothly as possible, which your eye doctor will discuss with you prior to your surgery. If you wear contacts, your surgeon at Medical Eye Care Associates will tell you when to stop wearing them for a period of time. Wearing contacts can temporarily change the shape of your cornea.
Another way to prepare is by drinking more water. Dry eye is a common side effect after LASIK, so being well-hydrated can make a big difference in ensuring your eyes are lubricated and healthy! You should also make sure to find a family member or friend who can drive you to and from your procedure. During LASIK, your eyes will be numb thanks to numbing eye drops. It is not safe to drive yourself home after LASIK, so find someone who will stay with you during your procedure.
During LASIK, you will receive numbing eye drops. There is no pain during LASIK, and the most you'll feel is slight pressure. LASIK involves reshaping the cornea so light can get through properly. Reshaping the cornea is what corrects refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. To reshape the cornea, a small flap, like a trap door, is first created with a femtosecond laser.
After the flap is created, your surgeon will remove tissue from the cornea with an excimer laser. Once the cornea is reshaped, the flap is gently placed back down and left to heal on its own. There are no stitches required. LASIK takes about 10 minutes total to complete and involves no needles, shots, or blades.
At Medical Eye Care Associates, we utilize state-of-the-art LASIK technology to care for our patients and provide excellent visual outcomes. Utilizing the WaveLight® Refractive Suite, which features the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser and the WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser, LASIK surgery at Medical Eye Care Associates provides a fast, precise, and safe experience for our patients. Everyone’s eyes are different. The WaveLight® technology utilized in our office allows your surgeon to personalize your treatment plan according to your unique visual needs. With patient-specific treatment options, you get the best LASIK results.
Like any surgical procedure, there is a recovery process after LASIK eye surgery. In the first day or two after LASIK, it's normal for your eyes to feel dry. This is temporary and goes away over time. Your eye doctor will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection and inflammation. It's important to take these exactly as directed! If your eyes feel dry, you can use artificial tears. Whatever you do, avoid rubbing your eyes at all costs. Rubbing your eyes can lead to damaging the fragile flap created during LASIK.
At your follow up appointment the next day, your doctor will check to see if your eyes are healing properly. If your eyes look good, you'll also be able to drive again. You should avoid any strenuous exercise for the first week after LASIK. For the first month, don't go into any hot tubs, pools, or the ocean. You should be especially careful around bodies of water, and cautious even while showering. Water is a perfect place for bacteria to grow and cause an infection!
Wondering if you could be a candidate for this life-changing procedure? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Medical Eye Care Associates in Norwood, MA today!