LASIK Frequently Asked Questions
For those who are unfamiliar with this term or process, Lasik surgery is a surgical procedure that corrects many vision-related issues one is experiencing. These can range from nearsightedness (myopia) farsightedness (hyperopia) and even astigmatism. Once a person goes through the Lasik surgery procedure, they will experience significantly increased sight and allow them not only the ability to see everything more clearly, but won’t have to use contacts, glasses, or deal with prescriptions for new glasses or contacts again.
The LASIK process
Surgeons will use a microkeratome blade or a femtosecond laser that will create a thin flap in the cornea. The surgeon will then fold back the flap and remove some of the tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back into place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. For those who may have more questions or concerns about this procedure, feel free to call and ask anything that may be on your mind. Our team of expert doctors and surgeons can provide any information you may need.
How safe is this procedure?
Many obviously wonder how safe this surgical procedure is. LASIK has been shown to pose minimal risks of complications. In fact, the overall complication rate is a fraction of one percent; a very small number of issues have occurred during the process of surgery. However, there are no guarantees with any surgery that something will not potentially go wrong. For any questions about the potential complications, give us a call or click to learn more about safety if you are considering LASIK surgery.
Is LASIK for me?
If you are the type of person that does not mind wearing contacts or glasses, LASIK probably is not for you. Most surgeons agree if you are comfortable wearing either and don’t mind being dependent on them, you should continue with what you are doing and not bother. LASIK is for those who would rather go through the process than have to use contacts and glasses.
Who cannot have laser vision correction?
There are some who cannot undergo this surgical procedure. There are several factors that doctors must evaluate before determining if you are a potential candidate for LASIK. Some preexisting conditions will keep some from being able to undergo LASIK. We want to make sure we keep your risk for complications as low as possible for this operation. Therefore, we have to turn some away if they do not meet the standards for the surgery.
Referral from a doctor?
A referral for this procedure will not be necessary. You can schedule your preoperative consultation and even undergo the LASIK surgery without having to contact your eye or family doctor. We do recommend, however, that you seek outside advice from those familiar with your health and eye care needs. Getting some thoughts on the surgery as well as offering you further information is never a bad thing. Our doctors will assess your vision correction needs otherwise.