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Is LASIK Surgery Right for Me?

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

LASIK surgery - picture Nearly everyone one has heard of LASIK surgery, but not as many people know what it is.

LASIK – which is short for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis – is a type of refractive surgery to correct a moderate level of myopia (nearsightedness), hypermetropia (farsightedness), and astigmatism The surgery is performed by an eye surgeon who uses a laser to make a small incision in the cornea to reshape it and correct the focusing problems in the eye. The surgery has become fairly common around the world with approximately 2 million laser eye procedures done globally each year.

LASIK surgery has an extremely high success rate with a relatively short healing and recovery process. A positive surgical outcome depends on careful evaluation of your eyes by an eye care professional before the surgery.

Like any medical procedure, LASIK surgery does carry some risks which include:

The removal of too much or too little tissue from a patient’s eye can cause under correction or overcorrection, leading to not getting the desired clear vision. Uneven tissue removal can result in astigmatism.

Some vision disturbances and difficulty seeing at night. Some patients notice a glare, halos around bright lights or double vision.

LASIK surgery causes a temporary decrease in tear production leading to your eyes feeling more dry than usual during the healing process.

If you are considering LASIK surgery consult with your eye care professional.

 

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Lasik is the widely performed laser eye surgery aimed to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Just as other refractive surgery, Lasik procedure reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be well focused onto the retina for clearer vision. This procedure is mostly painless and can be completed within fifteen minutes for both eyes. The outcome is improved vision without contact lenses or eyeglasses and is usually effective within as short of a period as 24 hours.

Preoperative procedures

Before the surgery, your eye doctor will do a thorough eye examination to ascertain your eyes are healthy enough for the surgical procedure. Your surgeon will then assess the shape and the thickness of your cornea, pupil, the refractive errors and any other eye condition. In order to reduce the risk of developing dry eyes after the Lasik surgery, the moistness of your eyes will be evaluated as well.

An automated instrument known as corneal topographer is used to measure the curvature of the front surface of your eye, in order to create a map of your cornea. You may also undergo a wave-front analysis that sends light waves through the eye and offer a more precise map of the condition affecting your vision. Your eye doctor will then assess your general health, to determine if you are suitable for Lasik surgery. Since contact lenses can alter the natural shape of your cornea, you should stop wearing them for a period of time as advised by your doctor. In most cases it’s about two weeks before your eye exam and Lasik procedure.

How LASIK surgery is performed

Before the surgery, numbing drops are applied to your eye in order to prevent any form of discomfort during the procedure. Your surgeon may also give you medication to help you relax. Your eye will be positioned under the laser and a lid speculum is used to keep eyelids open. The surgeon then uses an ink marker to mark the cornea before cutting the flap. In order to prevent eye movement or loss of contact that could affect the flap quality, a suction ring is applied at the front of your eye. Your surgeon will use a mechanical surgical tool known as microkeratome or a femtosecond laser to create a thin circular flap in the cornea. The hinged flap is then folded back to access the underlying cornea and then some corneal tissue is removed in a very specific pattern. The goal is to flatten the cornea for the nearsighted patients but for the farsighted patients, a steeper cornea is desired. A computer is used to adjust the excimer laser for your particular prescription. You will then be required to look at a target light for a short time while your surgeon watches your eye through a microscope as the laser sends pulses of light to the cornea. The laser light emits painlessly in order to reshape the cornea. This surgery is carried out separately on each eye and takes about 5 minutes for each procedure.  After the laser reshapes the cornea, the flap is then laid back down covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed and allowed to heal naturally. No bandages or stitches required are typically required.

Are You a Good Candidate for Lasik Eye Surgery?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Glasses help you see better, but they also come with a fair amount of frustrations. They scratch easily, are expensive to replace when you lose or break them, and can be a hassle if you participate in sports. Additionally, some people never get used to having something attached to their face during all waking hours.

Even wearing contacts is a hassle for people who dislike having to change them daily or experience frequent eye infections. If you can relate to these problems or have more of your own, LASIK eye surgery may be right for you.

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK, which is an acronym for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is a procedure in which an eye surgeon creates a flap in the cornea of your eye. He or she then uses a laser to reshape it and correct problems with focusing. LASIK patients at Beach Eye Medical Group have shown significant improvement with common vision problems such as:

  • Astigmatism: This is when your vision is mildly to moderately blurry all over.
  • Far-sightedness: Also called hyperopia. People with this condition can see objects a far distance away more clearly than they can see objects closer to them.
  • Near-sightedness: Also called myopia. This condition is the exact opposite of far-sightedness.

If you have one of these vision disturbances, are over age 18, and can see clearly with glasses or contacts, LASIK eye surgery may be the right choice for you. As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks that you should discuss with a member of our staff before scheduling an appointment for LASIK vision correction.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you’re ready to see clearly without depending on glasses or contacts, please contact us to schedule your LASIK consultation. We are also happy to meet with patients who do not qualify for LASIK to help them discover other options for vision correction.