LASIK Eye Surgery Questions
A. LASIK has proven overwhelmingly successful in reducing dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Clinical studies show that most LASIK patients (with mild to moderate prescriptions) have the potential to achieve 20/20 vision or near 20/20 vision. Generally, this means they no longer need or have reduced their dependence on glasses or contacts to drive, play sports, watch movies and TV, or participate in careers requiring excellent vision.
A. Some potential complications include conditions such as dryness, night glare, under or over-correction, corneal flap complications, infection and loss of best-corrected vision. The risks of surgery should be discussed fully with the doctor prior to the procedure. Additionally, proper post-operative care helps to identify and address any potential healing complications.
A. There is almost no pain involved with LASIK, but many patients find the procedure to be slightly uncomfortable. Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye just before surgery begins and typically patients may be given a mild sedative to relax. After the procedure, the eye may feel a foreign body sensation or slight irritation for a few hours, like a grain of sand in your eye, but most patients are very comfortable shortly thereafter.
A. Most LASIK patients usually see quite well the day following their procedure and may be able to resume most of their normal daily activities. Although the speed of visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns, most patients notice dramatic visual results within the first few days following their procedure.
A. The difference between the two is in how the flap is cut prior to the reshaping of the cornea. IntraLase uses a laser to create the flap in the cornea rather than a blade. While LASIK had been performed successfully for many years with the Microkeratome blade, the IntraLase laser offers the surgeon more control, better flap alignment, and reduced flap complications compared to Microkeratome Lasik.
A. LASIK sculpts the cornea, the front part of the eye. The cornea doesn’t change much over the years, although there is a less than 5% chance you will need an enhancement/ touch up. LASIK, however, does not stop the natural/biological changes as we age from occurring, like cataracts or presbyopia. These changes will happen with or without LASIK and you may once again need some glasses correction to see your best.