Posted on: 07/19/23

Lasik Surgery

Imagine having crisp, clear vision 24/7, from the moment you wake up to when you lay your head down on the pillow at night. Imagine having better vision than you could achieve with glasses or contact lenses. 

That’s what LASIK can deliver, and most adults who choose LASIK greatly reduce their dependence on prescription lenses after the procedure. Keep reading to learn more about the incredible benefits of LASIK!

What Is LASIK? 

LASIK is a vision correction eye procedure using a laser with a focused, high-energy light beam delivered in pulses. The laser reshapes your cornea to improve your vision by correcting your refractive error.

Dr. Cutarelli will make a flap in the first layer of the cornea in order to reach the inner layers of your cornea. Then, these inner layers will be reshaped using a laser.

It’s a relatively comfortable procedure that takes very little time and delivers life-changing results.

What Are The Benefits Of LASIK At Cutarelli Vision? 

Cutarelli Vision uses IntraLASIK, which offers a high degree of precision and safety using the Intralase femtosecond laser. The femtosecond laser produces an incredibly fast light pulse. 

It’s measured in femtoseconds which are trillionths of a second. These lasers achieve fine and accurate incisions and are designed to increase your comfort and safety. 

Additionally, the procedure takes only a few minutes! 

What Happens During The LASIK Procedure? 

LASIK is a same-day surgical procedure. Your eye doctor will give you some eyedrops to numb the surface of your eye before the procedure begins. 

Bi-lateral LASIK, which is LASIK for both eyes, only takes ten minutes, though prep and recovery will require additional time. Your vision will be blurry after the procedure, so you’ll need someone to drive you home afterwards. 

They should plan on helping you get situated back home and ensure you’re safe and comfortable. 

What Is The Recovery Process Like After LASIK? 

While each person experiences a different level of discomfort based on their own eyes and sensitivity, it’s typical to experience mild burning, sensitivity to light, irritation, itchiness, or a scratching sensation for a couple of hours after the procedure. If you’ve ever worn contacts and gotten something underneath them, that’s what the sensation is like.

Many patients take a nap afterward and sleep through this time period.

While some are able to return to work in a day or two, it’s best to avoid strenuous activity, like exercise or heavy lifting, for a week as this can traumatize the eye and affect healing.

When Can I Return To My Daily Activities After LASIK?

After LASIK, you will be free to shower as long as you avoid getting water or soap in your eyes. You’ll want to be very cautious and not rub your eyes for the first month after LASIK. 

As with strenuous exercise, this can affect healing. Once your vision clears and your discomfort subsides, your eye doctor will clear you to drive again.

Are you interested in learning if you may be a good candidate for LASIK? Schedule an appointment at Cutarelli Vision in Colorado Springs, CO, today!