LASIK eye surgery is one of the most popular surgeries in the world, with an estimated 700,000 people getting the procedure in the United States each year. One of the best things you can do for your eyes is get LASIK being it offers a multitude of benefits and is an outpatient procedure. Read on to learn about the advantages of LASIK, the ideal LASIK candidate and what happens during the procedure.
LASIK offers a plethora of benefits, including:
This one is pretty obvious being the whole point of the surgery is to correct your vision; however, it’s important to note that 85% of patients will eventually obtain 20/20 vision after LASIK with an additional 10% getting 20/40.
LASIK won’t last forever (we all age); however, results can last for decades depending on when the procedure was completed. This means you can expect to have perfect vision well into old age in most cases.
LASIK only takes about 10-15 minutes per eye and most patients can go back to work within 24 hours (some may take longer, especially if you work in a job with a large amount of physical activity).
No More Corrective Lenses
Whether you’ve worn glasses or contacts, you can now say goodbye to corrective lenses! With most people spending about $400 on contacts per year and the ever-increasing cost of glasses, LASIK not only prevents the pain of needing corrective lenses but also saves you hundreds of dollars a year.
While LASIK is great, it does have its limitations. A qualified patient will:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have no autoimmune diseases which can hinder the healing process
- Not be pregnant or breastfeeding as hormones can affect the eyes
- Have healthy eyes (no cataracts, glaucoma or chronic dry eyes)
- Suffer from myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism
Getting the Procedure
Your doctor will begin by placing numbing drops in your eye and cleaning the area before placing a speculum in the eye to keep the eyelid open. They will then cut a small flap in the cornea, using either a microkeratome or a laser keratome. The doctor will then lift the flap and dry any exposed tissue.
Next, a laser will be placed over the eye and you will stare at a light for at least 60 seconds. Your doctor will then start the laser which they have previously programmed to match what your eyes need. Once the laser removes the correct amount of tissue, the flap is placed back in position and the other eye will be completed.
Getting LASIK is a major decision, but it can be one of the best decisions you make in your life. To find out if LASIK is right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation.