Having the ability to see clearly, without the need to wear glasses or contacts, sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? That’s what LASIK surgery can do for you. For individuals who want to run without glasses bouncing and not have to worry about dust or sweat irritating a contact, LASIK can be ideal. Millions of people have had LASIK surgery since the procedure was created. If you are considering it as an option too, we’ve put together a brief guide to what you can expect from the consultation, the surgery itself and the follow-up visits with your doctor.
What to Expect from Your LASIK Consultation
A LASIK consultation begins much like a typical eye exam. Your doctor will examine your eyes to make sure they are healthy, check your vision to find out how much correction is necessary and do a few other analyses (including a measurement process that verifies the size and shape of your eyeballs) to be sure that you are a good candidate for LASIK correction. Your tear ducts and eyelids will also be checked for problems—if there are issues with either of these, you may be more prone to complications, and it would be less advisable to proceed with the surgery. Your pupils will be dilated during this exam, so it is important that you have someone with you who can drive you home or a good pair of driving sunglasses. At the end of the exam, your doctor will make his recommendation on whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK.
What to Expect During LASIK Surgery
If you and your doctor decide to proceed with LASIK surgery, the actual day of the surgery is less intense than you may think. LASIK is performed with you awake. The eyes will be numbed with drops, and the eye is held open with a speculum. A laser is usually used (although some offices still use a blade) to cut through the cornea. When a “flap” is pulled back, the laser is directed into the eye to remove, shape and manipulate the tissue. Every case is slightly different, and how the tissue is adjusted will determine the results. Once the doctor has achieved his goal of improved vision, the cornea flap is placed back on the surface of the eye and the healing process begins.
What to Expect from Follow-Up
Immediately, there will be some blurriness and slight irritation. However, over the first day or two, this will fade. Eye drops are usually provided to help keep the eye clean. Clear vision will usually return that same day. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled within the next week, and additional appointments may occur over the next year to make sure the eye is healing properly and that the goal of dramatically improved vision is achieved. For most individuals, these follow-up visits are short and simply involve a quick exam of the eye to check for health and a brief vision test.
Like any major medical or vision procedure, it is important that you work with a qualified doctor. If you are located in or around Sealy, Texas and interested in learning more about LASIK surgery and how it can benefit you, we encourage you to reach out to us and let us help. Set up a no obligation consultation and let us tell you even more about the procedure and help you decide if LASIK is the right choice.
Give us a call at (979) 353-0113 or contact us online today!