HOW DOES LASIK CORRECT VISION PROBLEMS?

Dr. Jim Martin 02/23/2015

cataract_eye_surgery.jpgIf you've lived a lifetime hassling with contacts or spending money every year upgrading your glasses or repairing the frames, you can only imagine how amazing it would be to just wake up every morning and see without aid.

Luckily, LASIK can make that dream a reality. The commonly performed surgery is safer than ever before with few side effects.

Are You A Candidate For LASIK?

Your doctor will do a complete eye exam to ensure you are a good candidate for LASIK. This depends on several factors: the severity of your sight problems, any past eye issues, the shape of your cornea and your overall health as well as the medications you take. Any other eye conditions will be taken into consideration, also.

How LASIK Works

LASIK doesn't take long. In fact, the procedure itself only takes around 15 minutes. During the surgery, your doctor uses a laser to create a flat area in your cornea in order to reshape it. This is how your vision is changed and improved. LASIK not only corrects nearsightedness and farsightedness, but the surgery can also help you if you have astigmatism. Once the cornea is reshaped and properly set, your doctor will replace the corneal flap and your eye will heal naturally in time.

Recovery

Recovery time after LASIK is fairly quick. You should have normal, improved sight by the next day, though your eyes may feel uncomfortable (dry or achy feeling) for a few days. Allow your eyes to heal and try not to take on any strenuous activity for at least a week to allow your body the time it needs to heal. By following your doctor’s orders, you should be able to resume normal activities rapidly.

Long-Term Prognosis

Do the results of LASIK last forever? Will you need contact lenses or glasses once you have LASIK surgery done? While most people do end up with perfect vision, some may not. You may still need your reading glasses, but your prescription will never be as strong again, and if you are young, you may find your eyes aging naturally, which may cause you to require glasses or contacts as you get older. On the whole, LASIK has a high success rate and few complications.

Curious about LASIK surgery and wish to find out if you're a candidate for better vision? Contact Broome Optical in Amarillo to make an appointment to talk to an eye care professional about LASIK.

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