What to Expect With LASIK at Saluja Eye Care Center:
Your ophthalmologist will thoroughly examine your eyes and make sure you are a candidate for LASIK. Which is discussed in the section below.
During LASIK at Saluja Eye Care Center:
Your eye surgeon uses a laser to reshape your cornea. Here is what to expect:
- Your eye will be numbed with eye drops.
- Your eye surgeon will place an eyelid holder on your eye to keep you from blinking.
- They will also place a suction ring on your eye to keep it from moving. You will feel pressure like a finger pressing firmly on your eyelid. At this point, your vision will go dim or black.
- Using a device called a microkeratome, your ophthalmologist makes a paper-thin flap in the cornea tissue. Then they lift and fold the flap back.
- You will be asked to stare at a target light so that your eyes will not move.
- The ophthalmologist then reshapes your cornea using a laser. The laser is a special instrument that has been programmed with measurements for your eye.
- While your ophthalmologist is using the laser, you will hear a clicking sound. After reshaping the cornea, your eye surgeon folds the flap back down into position and smooths the edges. The flap attaches on its own in 2–3 minutes, where it will heal in place
- The ophthalmologist may place a see-through shield over your eye or ask you to wear a shield while sleeping for a few days. This is to help protect your eye while it heals.
- You should plan to go home and take a nap or just relax after the surgery.
- For a few hours, your eyes may feel scratchy or feel like they are burning. You will be given special eye drops to reduce dryness and help your eye heal.
Vision after LASIK
- About 9 out of 10 people (90%) who have LASIK end up with vision between 20/20 and 20/40—without glasses or contact lenses.
- If you have not had your LASIK surgery for Presbyopia, It is important to know that after presbyopia sets in you will require Glasses. This is the normal, age-related loss of close-up vision. With or without refractive surgery, almost everyone who has excellent distance vision will need reading glasses after around age 40.
- To help with presbyopia, some people have LASIK to get monovision for Presbyopia LASIK. In Monovision LASIK one eye is left slightly nearsighted and the other eye is adjusted for distance vision. The brain learns to adapt so that the nearsighted eye is used for close work, while the other eye sees distant objects. Monovision is not for everyone. To see if you are able to adapt to this correction, you will probably want to try monovision with contact lenses first.
- Presbyopia LASIK will provide you with useful functional vision, you should discuss with your ophthalmologist for details.
What Are the Risks of LASIK?
Like any surgery, LASIK carries risks of problems or complications you should consider.
- Some people have side effects after LASIK that usually go away over time. However, in rare cases, they may not go away. For example, almost everyone who has LASIK will have dry eyes and change vision during the day. These symptoms usually fade within a month. For some people, though, they may take longer to disappear or they may remain.
- Other side effects, either temporary or permanent, could include:
- Eye pain or discomfort
- Hazy, foggy or blurry vision
- Scratchy eye
- Halos (rings) or starbursts around lights
- Being sensitive to light
- Small pink or red patches of blood on the white of the eye that go away over time
- Other rare risks include:
- Eye infection
- Worse vision than before LASIK, even with glasses or contacts (called loss of best-corrected vision)
- Also, with LASIK, your vision may end up being under-corrected or over-corrected. These problems often can be improved with glasses, contact lenses, or additional laser surgery.