Are you tired of squinting to read the menu or struggling to see items that are farther away?
LASIK might just be the solution you've been looking for! This popular refractive surgery can
help both men and women ditch their glasses and contacts. Curious to know more? Join us as
we dive into the exciting world of LASIK – from what it is and how it works, to all the details you
need to know.
What Does LASIK Mean?
Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis is the full name of the procedure that is abbreviated as
LASIK. LASIK is a form of refractive surgery that involves the use of a laser to reshape the
cornea, which is the transparent front section of the eye, in order to enhance vision and treat
common vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
LASIK: What Is It?
In LASIK, the cornea is reshaped using a laser to enhance vision. During the procedure, light is
focused by the cornea onto the retina, which then transmits visual information to the brain.
A tiny, hinged flap is made on the cornea during LASIK, and the underlying tissue is
subsequently reshaped using a laser. After the repositioning of the flap, no sutures are required
for the eye’s natural healing process.
Who Is A LASIK Candidate?
LASIK is not appropriate for everyone. If you are a good candidate, your eye doctor will assess
your eye health depending on a number of variables, such as:
Age: Only adults above the age of 18 who have fully matured eyes can undergo LASIK surgery.
Eye Health: You should have clear, uninfected eyes that are free of conditions that can impair
Mild To Moderate Concerns: Best for patients with mild to moderate nearsightedness,
farsightedness, or astigmatism.
Thickness Of The Cornea: In order to do a flap procedure and a laser reshaping, your cornea
must be thick enough.
Vision Stability: Before thinking about LASIK, your eyesight should have been steady for at
least a year.
What Advantages Does LASIK Offer?LASIK provides a number of advantages, including:
Better Vision: LASIK may cure astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness, giving you
the ability to see properly without the need of glasses or contacts.
Fast Recovery: Most patients see better after a few days of the surgery and can go back to
work in a week.
Permanent Outcomes: LASIK offers long-term vision correction, and the majority of patients do
not need further treatments.
No More Contacts Or Glasses: LASIK may remove the need for contacts or glasses, enabling
you to take part in activities like swimming, sports, and vacation without having to worry about
wearing corrective lenses.
How Should Someone Get Ready For LASIK?
LASIK is considered to be a very serious procedure and for that reason, you must prepare
yourself properly before having it done. You'll get instructions from your eye doctor on how to
prepare for the procedure, which may include:
Contact Lens Cessation: To enable your cornea to regain its normal shape before the
treatment, you may need to cease using contact lenses for a few weeks.
Avoiding Certain Medications: You may need to stop taking medications that raise the risk of
bleeding during surgery, such as blood thinners.
Making Travel Arrangements: Because you won’t be allowed to drive following the surgery,
you’ll need to make travel arrangements to and from the clinic.
Planning For Time Off Of Work: To recuperate from the surgery, you may need to take a few
days off of work.
What Can You Expect Before & After LASIK?
You will be awake and conscious during the LASIK treatment, but eye drops will numb your eye
to avoid any pain or discomfort. For both eyes, the procedure typically takes 15 minutes. That
said, many people wonder what to expect before and after LASIK. What to anticipate throughout
the process is as follows:
● Your eye doctor will use a microkeratome or femtosecond laser to cut a tiny, hinged flap
into the cornea.
● A computer-controlled laser will be utilized to restructure the cornea once the flap is
● The eye will be allowed to recover spontaneously once the flap has been relocated.
● Your eye doctor will give you advice on how to care for your eyes after the treatment,
including using eye drops and staying away from certain activities like swimming or
using hot tubs.
● Your recovery will depend on the severity of the procedure and your doctor will provide
you a more accurate timeline during your initial appointment.
Learn More About LASIK At Millennium Laser Eye Centers
If you’d like to learn more about LASIK, please give our experts at Millennium Laser Eye
Centers a call or fill out a contact form and we would be happy to walk you through the
procedure as well as answer any questions you may have about the treatment at our clinic.