Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK Surgery Answered by Your Optometrist in Sacramento
If you've worn glasses or contacts for years, you may have dreamed about the idea of having your vision permanently corrected through surgery. This state of the art in this form of correction is known as LASIK surgery. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about LASIK surgery, courtesy of our team at Arena Eye Care Optometry.
What Does "LASIK" Mean?
The term "LASIK" is an abbreviation of "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis." This procedure uses a surgical laser to reshape the tissues of your corneas. The new corneal shape compensates for refractive errors that are blurring your vision.
Which Vision Problems Can LASIK Help?
LASIK can improve vision in people who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, conditions which are commonly corrected with single vision glasses or contacts. It's also possible to correct presbyopia by optimizing one eye for distance vision and the other for near vision.
Who Can Receive LASIK Surgery?
To be a good candidate for LASIK surgery, you should be 18 or older, have no complicating eye problems or health conditions, and have a corrective prescription that isn't actively changing. Your corneas must also be thick enough for the surgeon to make a flap in the outer layer (to access the underlying corneal layers). We will perform an evaluation to determine whether you can or should receive LASIK.
What if I'm Not an Ideal LASIK Candidate?
You may still be able to receive vision correction surgery even if LASIK isn't for you. For instance, if your corneas are too thin for LASIK, you might still do well with an older form of surgery called PRK. If your eyes cannot safely tolerate any kind of corneal surgery, you might benefit from orthokeratology contact lenses, which provide temporary, non-surgical corneal reshaping.
What Can I Expect from LASIK Surgery?
Our clinic will refer you to a skilled LASIK surgeon for your procedure. LASIK surgery is a remarkably quick and painless process. First, you'll receive a local anesthetic and (possibly) sedation. Next, the surgeon will cut a flap in the outer corneal tissue, which is then moved aside. The laser makes tiny, precise changes to the underlying tissues, after which the outer flap is moved back into position.
What Can I Expect after LASIK Surgery?
Your eye will be patched to keep you from accidentally injuring it. You should see some improvement in your vision almost immediately. Our clinic can perform a series of follow-up evaluations to monitor your healing.
Thinking About Getting LASIK in Sacramento?
Your first step toward getting LASIK in Sacramento should be a pre-operative exam at our clinic. Call (916) 419-8167!