LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. LASIK eye surgery is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The goal of the surgery is to reshape the cornea, which adjusts how the eye focuses. Nearsightedness can be fixed by increasing the curve of the cornea. Farsightedness can be fixed by flattening the cornea. Astigmatism can be treated by smoothing out the irregularities of the cornea.
Regardless of the type of vision impairment LASIK is used to treat, the surgery is an outpatient procedure and only takes about 15 minutes, and the laser portion of the procedure is twenty seconds or less. With today’s advanced laser technology, in the time it takes to pour a cup of coffee, you can have your vision corrected.
Of the patients treated by Dr. David O’Brien since his first case in 1996, less than 4% have needed an enhancement. Laser Vision Correction is eye surgery. And it’s permanent. Your choice of a surgeon is very important.
Once the corneal reshaping has been completed, the surgeon lays the corneal flap back into place, where it acts as a natural “bandage”. The cornea quickly heals by itself with no need for stitches. Dr. O’Brien then confirms that everything is in order. Approximately one hour after you arrive for your LASIK procedure, you are ready to go home.
As part of your recovery, Dr. O’Brien will prescribe medications to reduce swelling, discomfort, and to keep your eyes clean and infection-free. Make sure you fill any prescriptions before you return home. (Remember, you won’t be able to drive immediately following any corrective eye surgery, so you will need to arrange for transportation home.) Lastly, you will leave wearing protective goggles that he would like you to wear until you come back in for the day 1 post-op visit. You will then be instructed to wear the goggles for one week following the procedure while you sleep.
There are risks associated with refractive surgery. There is a risk of dry eye syndrome, which can be severe; the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision, which can be debilitating; and the loss of vision. For more information on risks associated with LASIK, see the safety information on reclaimyourvision.com
If you experience any of the above symptoms, or need to schedule an eye exam, contact our World-Class Eye Care™ office today!