How Does LASIK Works? Am I a Candidate?
Lasik is a popular procedure used to correct vision. It's the most common type of laser eye surgery, and it usually results in improved vision for most people who undergo it. The procedure uses a laser to reshape your cornea so that light entering your eye is focused correctly on the retina instead of being distorted by irregular curvature of your cornea.
LASIK is laser eye surgery that can correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and/or astigmatism. LASIK is laser eye surgery that can correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and/or astigmatism.
The procedure takes about 10 minutes for each eye, and you should be able to see well immediately after surgery with no need for glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK works best for people who have stable vision over time--meaning their prescription doesn't change much from year to year--and whose eyes are healthy enough for surgery to proceed without complications such as dry eyes or infection of the flap created during treatment. People with certain medical conditions may not be good candidates for LASIK; talk to your doctor before scheduling an appointment if you're worried about this possibility.
The procedure is quick, about 30 minutes in most cases. The recovery time is about 4-6 weeks. You can resume normal activities after a week or two but it's a good idea to take it easy for a few days after the procedure.
There are no stitches involved, but it does require some numbing drops and sometimes a mild sedative.
LASIK is a quick procedure, and you will be awake during it. You will be given numbing drops and sometimes a mild sedative to help you relax. The laser reshapes your cornea by removing a thin layer of tissue from its surface, which then allows light rays to focus correctly on the retina.
After the surgeon cuts away the flap, they use a femtosecond laser to reshape your cornea by removing just enough tissue so that light entering your eye is focused correctly on the retina instead of being distorted by irregular curvature of your cornea.
The femtosecond laser uses pulses of light that are shorter than a billionth of a second--that's one thousand times faster than it takes you to blink!
LASIK is a GREAT option for the right person. It's quick, safe and effective.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK is to get a free consultation with a fantastic LASIK surgeon.
Two groups that we recommend our patients to for LASIK surgery are Katzen Eye Center in Boynton Beach and Florida Eye Microsurgical Center.