Facts to Consider Before Undergoing LASIK Eye Surgery

If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, there are a few things you need to know before making a decision. First, while it can mean freedom from eyeglasses or contact lenses, not everyone is a good candidate for refractive eye surgery.

- Most patients experience 20/20 vision or better after undergoing LASIK eye surgery. However, despite the surgery, they eventually need glasses for nighttime driving or reading as they age.

- Some patients experience dry eyes and visual disturbances, including glare, halos, and double vision post-surgery, but they typically clear up within a few weeks or months.

- Results correlate directly with the level of refractive error you have. Therefore, those with mild nearsightedness tend to have better results than those requiring a higher degree of correction.

- Blurry vision is corrected through LASIK eye surgery by reshaping the cornea to the correct refraction.

- Be aware that some conditions and medications can temporarily cause vision fluctuations, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, and steroid drug use.

- The procedure requires the eye surgeon to examine and measure your eye to ensure there aren’t any other underlying issues to be considered.

- Eye-numbing drops are applied before the procedure begins. Next, corneal tissue is removed, or a flap is made so the surgeon can adjust the curve accordingly. Then, a laser is used to alter the cornea’s curvature.

- Many conditions may inhibit using the excimer laser to correct vision. These include keratoconus, keratitis, uveitis, herpes simplex, eye injuries, dry eyes, large pupils, glaucoma, thin corneas, cataracts, eyelid disorders, or very high levels of myopia.

LASIK eye surgery is a well-proven and safe way to improve your vision. Laser vision correction is personalized to the patient’s individual needs for optimal results. To find out more, contact us online at NewVisionEyeCenter.com or call 772.257.8700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. David O’Brien, our fellowship-trained refractive surgery specialist.