LASIK is a shortened version of the clinical name for the surgery, which is “laser assisted in site keratomileusis.” The procedure is used to reshape the surface of the cornea so that light reflected onto the retina produces a clearer image. Millions of people have undergone LASIK surgery to provide them with better vision without having to use eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Patients must be at least 18 years of age. They should be in good general health with no current eye diseases, such as glaucoma, infections, or other conditions. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should wait until a later date to receive the surgery because these conditions affect the measurement of the eye. Your Texas eye doctor will do a complete evaluation of your current vision and an assessment of your suitability for LASIK surgery.
The LASIK procedure is relatively simple and only takes a short time. Eye drops are administered to numb the surface of the eye. A high-energy laser device is used to cut a thin layer from the surface of the eye. The amount of tissue to be removed to produce good vision is calculated ahead of time. The flap that is created on the surface of the eye is then replaced. No stitches are needed to hold the tissue in place.
A patch is usually placed over the eye and the patient is advised to allow it to remain in place overnight. After this period of time, the patch can be removed, and the patient can enjoy eyeglass-free vision immediately. Eye drops to prevent infection and a pain reliever or sedative are generally provided after the surgery.
Some patients may experience blurriness on the day of the surgery, but this will quickly resolve. A feeling of burning or itching can sometimes occur, but this discomfort should dissipate within 6 hours of the surgery. In very rare cases, infections, haloes around objects, or dry eye syndrome can occur. Post-surgery visits to your eye surgeon will ensure that healing is proceeding normally.
The trained, experienced surgeons at Texas Eye Surgeons dedicated to the treatment of medical and surgical eye diseases. We treat eye diseases related to diabetes, glaucoma, cataract removal, and corneal conditions. We use state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, like the Excimer Laser System, Visx Star S4-IR, and the Intralase iFS. We are committed to providing excellent care, with careful attention to each individual patient’s needs. Contact our office today at (972) 379-3937 to discuss how LASIK eye surgery can provide better vision for your work tasks and greater convenience for your recreational activities.