LASIK stands for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.” It is used to treat astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness, and it is the most common laser eye surgery used to correct those conditions. All three of these conditions are caused by abnormalities in the shape of the cornea. Thus, the surgeon will reshape the patient’s cornea with the laser during LASIK eye surgery.
What happens during the procedure?
LASIK eye surgery is an outpatient procedure. The surgeon will put numbing drops in the patient’s eye to keep them comfortable. From there a laser will be used to correct the shape of your cornea. Since a laser is being used, this procedure is more precise and requires less downtime.
After the patient has rested and undergone a post-operative exam, they can go home. They should have to have somebody drive them home planned before the procedure takes place. In most cases, the patient will visit their ophthalmologist the day after surgery and undergo a vision test to make certain they no longer need corrective lenses while driving.
Most doctors recommend that the patient rest at home for a few days. They should also avoid strenuous activities for at least a week to avoid injuring their eye. A patient’s vision usually improves and stabilizes within a few days.
What is the difference between bladed and bladeless LASIK?
LASIK, in general, is a safe and effective procedure. Many surgeons prefer bladeless LASIK over bladed LASIK because of the laser’s greater precision. That precision prevents complications like damage to the tissue. Also, patients who were not accepted as candidates for traditional LASIK because their corneas were too thin might be able to undergo bladeless LASIK eye surgery.
Who is a good candidate for bladeless LASIK surgery?
The ideal candidate will be an adult in good overall health. A candidate must be at least 18, and many surgeons prefer patients who are at least in their early 20s. Another requirement for candidacy is a stable prescription that has not changed in over a year, and a young person’s eyes are typically still changing. Patients with eye injuries or infections need to wait until their eyes have healed before undergoing the procedure. People with eye diseases like cataracts or glaucoma are not good candidates.