While glasses and contacts are great for improving vision, they can be inconvenient, expensive, and keeping prescriptions up to date can be time-consuming. If you’ve ever wondered what life would be like with clear, unassisted vision, LASIK surgery at our Jeffersonville practice could be an excellent solution.
LASIK consistently remains one of the most popular elective surgeries in the world. With new advancements in technology, this surgery creates more precise, reliable results than ever before. Yet many patients who might otherwise be interested in eye surgery may hesitate because they are unsure of what to expect from the treatment process. This blog post explains what happens before, during, and after LASIK eye surgery.
Before: Your Research
When considering LASIK, first research the procedure to find out if the procedure might be right for you. According to the FDA, LASIK is most often recommended for patients in their mid-20s to mid-50s, as this is a time when vision is relatively stable. You may not be an ideal candidate if you are nursing or pregnant, or if you have changed prescriptions within the last year.
After you decide that LASIK is a viable option, request a consultation and have a one-on-one conversation with a trusted eye care provider. Your provider will evaluate your cornea and check other crucial details to determine if you qualify for surgery.
LASIK is an excellent option for most patients, but if you are not an ideal candidate, there are still many other corrective alternatives available to you.
During: Your Procedure
In the weeks and days leading up to surgery, patients should:
- Switch from contacts to glasses. Begin this transition at least 2 weeks before surgery.
- Refrain from wearing eye makeup. Debris can get caught in your eyelashes and lead to infection.
- Stop wearing face cream or lotion. The skin around your eye should be clean and free of moisturizer.
At the beginning of surgery, your eye is numbed with drops and held open with a lid speculum. For LASIK patients at our Jeffersonville practice, the doctor will use our WaveLight® EX500 laser system, which maps your eye’s unique characteristics. This computer-guided laser reshapes your cornea based on the precisely mapped measurements. Patients may feel pressure during the procedure but no pain.
Treatment typically takes about 5 minutes for each eye. For optimal safety and comfort, you should plan to spend 2 to 3 hours at the office post-procedure.
After: Your Recovery
While your vision might be a bit blurry immediately after surgery, you can expect to start seeing results within 2 or 3 days. Some patients return to work after 1 day of rest, but it is best to avoid strenuous activity for at least 1 to 2 days following the procedure.
After about a week, the healing process should be complete, and you can enjoy your new 20/20 vision. Our LASIK surgery has a lifetime guarantee and has helped countless people live without glasses or contacts.
Understanding the LASIK surgery process should help you talk to your doctor about whether this popular treatment is right for you. If you’re interested in learning more about LASIK and other vision correction options, request a consultation online or call our main Jeffersonville office at (812) 284-0660.