LASIK is an elective surgical procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by changing the shape of the cornea.
LASIK is an elective surgical procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by changing the shape of the cornea. LASIK surgery has become an extremely popular option for those who wish to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses and contacts. The LASIK process begins with a consultation with a patient counselor to determine if the patient would be an eligible candidate for surgery.
On the day of your surgery, an Acuity LASIK surgeon creates a protective flap of tissue in the outer layer of cornea. The procedure itself takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes, requires no sutures and downtime is typically minimal. A dramatic improvement in one's vision is noticed in the days following surgery.
What To Expect
The LASIK procedure usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes. The surgeon will place anesthetic drops in your eyes, then use an advanced laser to create a thin, hinged flap in your cornea. This flap is folded back and a second laser is introduced to perform an ablation in the deeper layers of the cornea. The surgeon uses a computer to monitor and track your eye as well as direct and operate the laser. At Acuity LASIK Center, our advanced technology makes the procedure extremely safe; should the laser detect any movement, it will shut off automatically.
After the cornea is reshaped, the surgeon puts the flap back in place. There is no need for sutures of any kind. Your vision is now improved!
You will most likely notice a dramatic improvement in your vision immediately after LASIK. Although rest is recommended for the first 24 hours, most people are ready to return to work the following day.
The most immediate benefit of LASIK: better quality of life! A gross majority of patients receive their desired improvement in vision. Vision improvement is also swift, usually immediate or within the first day of the procedure. Many clinics offer enhancements to further improve results and satisfaction, often at an extra cost. We're proud to offer this benefit as an all-inclusive part of your procedure.
Side effects with this procedure, aside from mild discomfort, are rare. However, they can include:
- Seeing halos around images
- Dry eyes
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria: Your eyes must be healthy. This means no glaucoma, infection cataracts, or any other condition that would interfere in the healing process. You must be an adult. You must not have a degenerative or autoimmune disease, which would interfere with healing. On the day of your consult, your patient counselor will walk you through the necessary steps to determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK.