LASIK which stands for Laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis’ is becoming a common eye surgery procedure nowadays. It is a refractive surgery done on patients suffering from astigmatism, shortsightedness, and farsightedness. It is done to shape the cornea so that the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina can be improved. If you are settling for this kind of laser eye surgery, there are things you need to understand about it.
What makes a LASIK surgery a good option?
- So far, it has been proved to work as many people have had their vision corrected through it.
- Only a little pain is felt during the procedure.
- Recovering does not take long, and you do not require any stitches or bandages.
- You can still have further vision correction in later years. Only the possible adjustments are done.
- For most of the patients, wearing corrective lenses or contacts becomes a choice, not a must.
Why you may hesitate before laser eye surgery is done on you
- You cannot reverse the changes done to the cornea.
- If by any chance you require corrections, you will have to undergo other LASIK laser eye surgeries.
- There are some side effects associated with the procedure. They may include discomfort in the first two days, having difficulties in driving especially at night, vision fluctuation, glare, and dry eyes. You do not have to worry about this very much as with some time, they disappear.
Preparation needed for LASIK laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery consultation is required first before the procedure is done. You want to ensure that you are an ideal candidate for the procedure before it is done on you. Here, you need to consult with a doctor to determine your candidacy. You need to discuss your expectations with your doctor. Remember that your expectations need to be realistic so that at the end of the day you do not get disappointed.
What is done during the procedure?
A local anesthetic is required to numb your eye. The doctor then places an eye holder between your eyelids so that they may remain open and prevent you from blinking. For the doctor to lift and flatten the cornea, he places a suction ring on the eye. This also ensures that your eye does not move. This may feel uncomfortable for you, especially from the pressure exerted on your eyelid. You vision may grow dim or even go black because of this.