What You Need To Know About LASIK

If you have worn glasses or contact lenses for years, you may be ready to try LASIK. The procedure uses laser technology to correct vision issues, such as astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness.

As your eye surgeon performs LASIK surgery using a laser, they make a small cut across the cornea. Once the incision has been made, the physician lifts the section of tissue and properly shapes the cornea to improve the eyesight.

If you are planning to have LASIK surgery, here are a few things that you should know. 

You Are Unlikely to Have Complications

Although many people receive LASIK surgery each year, relatively few have complications. When complications do arise, they are usually minor and rarely cause permanent damage to your eyesight.

You Are Unlikely to Experience Pain

With LASIK, the eye is numbed before the procedure is performed. As a result, you are unlikely to experience any pain during the surgery.

Your Vision Improves Immediately

With LASIK, your vision improves immediately after the procedure. Often, patients no longer need corrective lenses to drive or perform other daily functions. Many have perfect 20/20 vision after LASIK.

You Probably Won't Need Bandages

Bandages are rarely needed with LASIK. Once your procedure is complete, you can typically resume your normal activities within a day or so. 

You May Need a Few Weeks to Visually Adjus

Your eyesight may adjust over the weeks following your LASIK surgery, allowing you to see progressively clearer.

You May Save Money Over Time

When you choose to have your vision corrected with LASIK, you may feel that the cost of the procedure is relatively high compared to the cost of a pair of glasses. However, LASIK can save you money each year as you may be able to avoid updating your contact lenses and glasses annually. Additionally, you won't need to replace broken glasses.

Your Eye Prescription May Still Change Over Time

Due to the changes associated with age, your eye prescription may not remain the same over time. Thus, a subsequent procedure may be recommended to correct age-related issues or other eyesight changes. 

You May Reduce Your Allergy Symptoms

If you suffer from seasonal allergies and wear contact lenses, your symptoms may be exacerbated by the need to regularly touch your eyes. The insertion and removal of the lenses can introduce pollen and other allergens into your eye. With LASIK, there is no need to touch your eye.

For more information about LASIK, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor in your local area.