How Does LASIK Work
LASIK is one of the most popular refractive surgical procedures performed today, with over 14 million Americans now enjoying clear vision! LASIK can greatly reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses and give you the ability to enjoy activities, sports and everyday life better than ever before!
Most vision disorders are caused by irregularities in the shape of the cornea, which is the outer part of the eye. LASIK has the ability to fix nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatisms by reshaping the cornea with a laser. Once the cornea is reshaped to fix your specific vision irregularities, you will able to see clearly without the aid of contacts or glasses.
It should be noted that LASIK does not correct Presbyopia, which is a stiffening of the eye lens that occurs naturally as we age and causes a need for reading glasses. You may still need reading glasses at some point after LASIK.
The LASIK Procedure
During the LASIK procedure the surgeon will apply an anesthetic drop to numb the eye for surgery. Then a lid speculum will be used to hold the eyelid and prevent you from blinking during the surgery. The surgeon will create a thin corneal flap using a laser. Once the flap is created, the surgeon is ready to use the laser to reshape the cornea according to your unique needs. The surgery itself will take only minutes to complete on both eyes and it is virtually painless. Once the procedure is finished, the flap is positioned back in place, where it will heal quickly and without the need for stitches. Although your vision may be blurry at first, results are almost immediate; patients are generally able to see clearly in just a few hours.
Benefits of LASIK
The benefits of LASIK surgery can definitely outweigh the risks. For people leading an active lifestyle, the freedom of doing everyday activities without the hassle of contacts or glasses is greatly rewarding. Millions of LASIK candidates have found their vision is clearer and crisper than they ever imagined.
Once you have undergone LASIK you may no longer have to worry about ordering more contacts or updating your glasses to match the latest styles. You will be able to wake up every morning and see the world clearly.
Like any other surgical procedure, certain risks are involved. The most prevalent LASIK complications are dry eyes after surgery, nighttime halos or glare, vision loss and the need for glasses or contacts after surgery. It is important that you only undergo LASIK if you are completely qualified for the surgery. This is why it is important to determine if you are a LASIK candidate and to find a trusted and experienced LASIK surgeon to provide you with the best eye care possible.
To learn more about LASIK or to schedule your free LASIK Consultation, contact The Eye Center of Northern Colorado today. You can also take our free online LASIK Self-Evaluation to see if you might be a good candidate for this procedure.