LASIK (or Laser in situ keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure done on the eyes to treat visual problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, it is important to note that LASIK will not turn around presbyopia, the age-related loss of close-up near vision.
How does LASIK work?
In LASIK, the eye doctor or ophthalmologist utilizes a laser to reshape the cornea, which is placed in the front of the eye. This enhances the manner the eye focuses light rays onto the retina, placed at the back of the eye, thus resulting in better vision.
What can LASIK achieve?
It is imperative for anyone wanting LASIK to have reasonable expectations.
LASIK allows many people to complete a majority of their everyday tasks even with no wearing of corrective lenses. However, achieving perfect vision and becoming free of the need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses is not guaranteed.
What is the procedure for LASIK?
All procedures are fast. With the current equipment available, a treatment only takes 5 to 10 minutes. As the procedure takes so little time, it is not considered unpleasant.
All techniques are simple from the patient’s point of view. This means you’ll have little to do during the treatment. During the eye laser treatment, you will be lying on a treatment table, and your eye will be positioned under the laser’s microscope. During treatment, you will be asked by your surgeon to look at a blinking light, which will be easy to see.
All procedures are painless because your eyes are numbed with eye drops. This means you will feel some sensation, but it will not be painful.
By the end of the recovery period, your vision will be restored to almost normal.
The doctor may advise waiting several days before you resume a normal work schedule.
After LASIK surgery, be sure to use your prescribed eye-drops to prevent both infection and inflammation. You must follow all postoperative instructions from your doctor and return for the necessary follow-up appointments.
It may take a period of three to six months for vision and healing to be stabilized completely.