Over 100,000 people get LASIK eye surgery each year. LASIK is a simple outpatient procedure that can correct several different visual impairments such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (refractive errors that cause blurred vision), and presbyopia (the natural decline in vision that comes with age), ridding a person of glasses and contacts completely. Patients, as young as 18, are eligible for LASIK as long as they have had a stable prescription for 1-2 years. Of course to find out for certain, patients have to schedule a consultation with a surgery center that performs LASIK.
At the initial consultation an eye doctor meets with the patient to ask questions about their general health, current eye prescription and performs a thorough eye exam. There are some conditions that prohibit a patient from getting LASIK surgery, so the doctor will want to make sure none of those are present in order to ensure the best possible outcome. Certain eye conditions such as chronic dry eye, keratoconus or cataracts would need to be treated with a different procedure. It is also imperative that the patient is in good health, if there is any sign of an autoimmune disease or diabetes, the doctor will have to investigate further. Patients can also use this initial consultation to ask any questions they might have and review things like recovery time, and expected results with the doctor.
Right after surgery, patients need to have someone drive them home, and the patient needs to rest their eyes for several hours. However, a noticeable difference in vision should be apparent almost immediately. LASIK has a fast recovery period and most people are even back to work the following day. It is recommended while the cornea continues to heal that patients avoid nighttime driving – this restriction usually only lasts about one week.
There will be a post-operative appointment scheduled, as well as several other follow-up appointments and it is important that the patient make sure to go to all appointments; even though he or she may feel like they don’t need to. This check-up will allow for the doctor to make sure everything is healing properly and check the new vision. In some cases patients are able to get 20/20 vision back. To schedule a no obligation, complimentary consultation, contact Laser Eye Center today 800-80-LASER.