Considering LASIK Surgery? We Answer All of Your Questions

Considering LASIK Surgery? We Answer All of Your Questions

If you’re tired of waking up to a blurry world or having to wear glasses or contact lenses when you exercise, LASIK eye surgery could be the solution that frees you from corrective eyewear. 

LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, and it’s the most common laser refractive surgery in the United States, with around 10 million Americans choosing to correct their vision through the procedure since its inception. 

At Eldorado Vision & Optical in McKinney, Texas, we know that if you’re considering eye surgery, you probably have many questions. Experienced optometrist, Stacy Turner, OD, can help determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK and address any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery. 

To help you get started, we’ve put together this informative guide answering some of the most common questions about LASIK surgery so you can get a better idea if it may be right for you. 

Can LASIK correct all vision problems?

LASIK surgery can’t correct all vision problems, but it can correct some of the most common ones. It’s most effective for patients with the following eye conditions:

Regardless of your vision issues, Dr. Turner reviews your options for corrections and discusses whether LASIK can improve your vision. Keep in mind that LASIK can’t stop new vision issues from developing in the future and continuing to have routine eye care will help to ensure your eyes are as healthy as they can be.  

How does LASIK work?

Your cornea is the part of your eye that focuses light and creates an image on your retina, working much like a camera lens. Imperfections in your cornea, called refractive errors, can make these images appear blurry or distorted. 

Outpatient LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that uses specialized tools and precise surgical techniques to reshape your cornea to give you better distance vision. 

Is LASIK painful?

LASIK surgery is painless, as your surgeon administers numbing drops before the procedure to completely numb your eyes. You may also receive medication to help manage any anxiety. 

During the procedure, you can expect to feel some pressure around your eyes. In the early hours following your LASIK surgery, you may experience some initial discomfort as your eyes recover. Common post-LASIK eye sensations include:

These feelings generally resolve quickly. Your surgeon gives you protective eyewear to prevent you from accidentally rubbing your eyes or putting pressure on them while you rest. 

How long does LASIK surgery take?

One of the best things about LASIK surgery is that it’s a relatively quick procedure. Nearly all patients are finished in 30 minutes or less, and for some people, the surgery may go even faster — in as little as five minutes per eye. You can plan on being at the surgeon’s office for about 90 minutes total on the day of your procedure.   

How effective is LASIK surgery?

LASIK is extremely effective. Upwards of 98% of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. While based on their unique vision situation — some patients aren’t eligible for perfect vision — nearly everyone leaves the surgery with vision far better than what they had before. 

Are there any complications associated with LASIK?

All surgeries carry a risk of potential complications. The good news is that serious complications associated with LASIK are very rare, but may include: vision regression, flap issues, under corrections or overcorrections, astigmatism, or vision loss. 

More common side effects include dry eye, double vision, and glare. Fortunately, these minor issues usually subside within a few weeks of your surgery. 

How long does it take to see results after LASIK?

While you’ll be able to see immediately following your LASIK surgery, your vision may not be clear right away. Your eyes need to heal fully before your final vision stabilizes, usually within 2-3 months. Even as your vision stabilizes, you should notice dramatic improvements in your eyesight much sooner. 

To learn more about LASIK and whether it’s right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Turner at Eldorado Vision & Optical in McKinney, Texas, over the phone or online now.  

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