What You Need to Know About LASIK

Posted: Dec 26, 2014 by The Eye Center

Are you considering LASIK eye surgery to improve your vision once and for all? Not sure if you really want to go through with it?

Chances are if you consider a few things about this relatively quick and rather painless procedure, you’re going to find that not doing it makes no sense at all. As long as you’re a qualified candidate for the procedure, there is an incredibly high chance that LASIK will improve your vision with almost no risk.

So, what do you need to know about LASIK? Here are just a few of the most common issues people want to know about before choosing this surgical procedure:

What vision problems can LASIK correct?

LASIK works well for people with near and farsightedness both. It also is effective for correcting astigmatism.

How does LASIK work?

During this laser surgery a doctor will surgically correct the shape of the cornea. In doing so, the procedure will improve the way the eye focuses. The end result is quite often much crisper, clearer vision that is permanent without the need for glasses or contacts. The surgery generally only takes a few minutes for a skilled surgeon to perform.

What’s involved in recovery?

The typical recovery time is generally about a day or two at the most. Since there are no stitches or glue involved, the eye tends to heal rather quickly enabling a very fast return to normal activities. Most patients report little or no pain and only mild discomfort if any at all.

Who makes a good candidate for LASIK?

Anyone who is age 21 or older, is in relatively good health, and hasn’t experienced significant changes in vision over the past year is generally considered a good candidate.

How effective is LASIK?

Guarantees can’t be given, but it’s been shown that 98 percent of LASIK patients enjoy 20/40 or better vision post-surgery. For those with a dependence on glasses or contacts, that is a huge improvement.

To find out more about the possibilities LASIK presents, be sure to consult with your eye doctor or surgeon. He or she will be able to help you explore the option more while determining if you’d made a good candidate for this procedure.

The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Epi-LASIK, Thin Flap LASIK, AST, PRK CK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.


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