Posted on: 12/29/16

Lasik Surgery

Closeup of eye with targeting graphics overlaid, indicating a LASIK surgery procedureToday, LASIK eye surgery is one of the most popular and convenient ways to treat patients with poor vision. However, not everyone qualifies for LASIK, as some patients have vision problems that best corrected using other options like phakic IOL or PRK. Your eye doctor will advise you on which option is best for you.

If you are eligible for LASIK here is what you need to know before going under this innovative treatment.

Before the surgery.

In order to be sure that you qualify for LASIK you must submit to an eye exam. During the examination the size of the pupil, the thickness and shape of the cornea and refractive errors are examined. The eye’s moisture level is also checked to determine whether steps are needed to prevent dry eyes after surgery.  Once these measurements are taken an eye surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.  If you are eligible for LASIK you can schedule your procedure.

Do you wear contact lenses?  If you do you will be advised to discontinue using them in the days/weeks leading up to the surgery.   This is because contact lenses can change the natural shape of the cornea.

The procedure

By using a surgical tool known as microkeratome or femtosecond, the eye surgeon creates a thin, round flap in the cornea. The flap is then folded back, giving the laser access to the corneal tissue. The eye surgeon then uses the laser’s cool ultraviolet light to reshape the cornea to improve vision.

After the cornea has been reshaped the flap is laid back in position, allowing the cornea to heal.

What to do after the surgery?

Unlike other surgical procedures, LASIK does not require bandages or stitches. Simply use the anesthetic eye drops and protective eyewear provided by your doctor. In order to ensure that your eyes heal properly, it is important that you avoid rubbing your eyes, exposing your eyes to bright lights or anything else that may irritate your eyes.

The day after your surgery you will need to submit to a final eye exam. During this exam your doctor will determine your level of vision and access how well you are healing. You are not allowed to drive until you are checked to confirm that your vision level meets the legal limit.

Are you ready to change how you see the world?  Contact Cutarelli Vision today!