When it comes to correcting vision and advances in eye care LASIK surgery has become the word to know. With the promise of improved vision and no need for glasses, many are clamoring for this surgery. Here are the top five questions you should be asking before you have LASIK surgery.
What is LASIK Surgery?
So what is LASIK, and how can it help you? LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a corrective eye surgery that is performed to allow you to obtain a better range of sight without the use of glasses or contacts. LASIK is performed by using a laser to reshape the cornea to reflect light at a better angle to the retina. This reshaping allows the reflected light to translate into clearer images and signals to your brain. Thus, allowing you to see clearer normally within mere minutes of your procedure with full benefits apparent within a few days after your surgery.
LASIK surgery can help those who are nearsighted, farsighted, and those with astigmatism. This type of eye surgery can be performed by your ophthalmologist in their clinic or in newer Eye Spas that cater to ocular aesthetic services. Your eye care professional may be partnered with eye spas around the country that can offer you many different eye care procedures.
Am I a Candidate for LASIK?
Now you are probably wondering if you are a candidate for LASIK. To be a good candidate for LASIK, you must meet the following criteria and any standards set by your eye care professional for ocular surgery. These criteria include not being pregnant at the time of your surgery, healthy eyes, your current prescription must be within a certain level and maintained for at least a year, and you must be in good overall health as well. Make sure you discuss all of the criteria with your eye care professional to see if LASIK could be right for you.
What Should I Know Before my LASIK Procedure?
Now that you know what LASIK is and some of the criteria you must meet here are five things you should know before choosing LASIK.
1) LASIK is not generally painful. Though there may be a slight discomfort, it does not normally last very long.
2) LASIK can be performed on both eyes in the same procedure because of the almost immediate healing time for this type of ocular surgery.
3) The LASIK procedure takes about 15 minutes though the laser is only used on each eye for about 60 seconds.
4) You will probably notice clearer vision within minutes of the procedure, though it is common to experience intermittent blurry spells for the first few hours.
5) The most common side effect of LASIK surgery is dry eyes for a short time after the procedure that can be remedied with artificial tears.
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