LASIK treatment is a type of refractive surgery that reshapes the cornea to improve how your eye focuses light rays onto the retina. It is an outpatient procedure, which means you don't have to stay overnight.
The treatment has a high success rate with most patients achieving 20/20 vision or better. LASIK can significantly reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses, and in many cases, can completely eliminate the need for them.
Understanding the LASIK Procedure
The LASIK procedure is relatively quick, usually taking about 10 to 15 minutes per eye. It begins with the creation of a thin flap on the cornea. This is done using either a microkeratome blade or a femtosecond laser. The surgeon then lifts the flap to expose the underlying cornea.
The next stage involves the use of an excimer laser. This special kind of laser is used to reshape the cornea by removing microscopic amounts of tissue. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is repositioned and acts as a natural bandage while the eye heals.
How to Prepare for Your LASIK Treatment
Before your LASIK treatment, your doctor will conduct a thorough eye examination to determine your suitability for the procedure. This will include a discussion of your medical history, a comprehensive eye examination, and a discussion about your expectations and lifestyle considerations.
You will be advised to stop wearing contact lenses for a period of time before the treatment as they can change the shape of your cornea. You will also be told to refrain from using makeup, lotions, or perfumes on the day of the surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
What to Expect During the LASIK Procedure
On the day of the LASIK procedure, you can expect to be at the clinic for about two hours. This will include prep time, the procedure itself, and a short post-procedure check-up. The procedure is painless due to the numbing drops used to anesthetize your eyes.
During the procedure, you will be asked to focus on a point of light. It's crucial to keep your eyes fixed on this light while the laser reshapes your cornea. You may feel a slight pressure on your eyes, and there may be a smell of burning hair due to the laser, but these are completely normal.
What to Expect Post LASIK Treatment
Immediately after the procedure, your vision will likely be blurry, and you may experience a burning or itching sensation. However, these effects are temporary. You will be asked to rest and avoid any strenuous activity for at least a week.
In the days following the LASIK treatment, some patients may experience dry eyes, sensitivity to light, glare, or the sensation of a foreign body in the eye. These are normal post-operative symptoms and usually resolve within a few weeks or months.
LASIK Treatment Aftercare
Aftercare is a critical part of the LASIK treatment process. Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions for care after the surgery. This may include the use of prescribed eye drops to prevent infection and inflammation, and to keep your eyes moist.
You should avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can dislodge the flap before it heals. It's also advised to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight and dust. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your recovery and measure your vision.
Begin Your Journey to Clear Vision through LASIK Treatment Today
LASIK treatment can be a life-changing experience. It's a safe and effective procedure that can free you from the shackles of glasses and contact lenses. However, as with any surgical procedure, it's important to have realistic expectations and to follow all pre and post-operative instructions.
For more information on what to expect during your LASIK treatment, visit Grin Eye Care at our offices in Leawood or Olathe, Kansas, or Kansas City, Missouri. Call (913) 829-5511 or (816) 333-8600 to schedule a consultation today.