LASIK surgery in Wilmington, NC uses a bladeless laser to reshape your cornea and provide better uncorrected vision, allowing you to depend less on your glasses for everyday tasks. If you are completely dependent on your glasses and feel like you are “blind” without them, this procedure can give you a freedom you may have never experienced before. Be aware, however, that LASIK doesn’t always allow you to get rid of your glasses entirely. Understanding how the procedure helps to reduce your dependence on glasses is just one facet of forming informed consent, which is vital before you consent to having surgery.
The Goal of LASIK
As with any surgery, LASIK has specific goals that are tailored to the individual. Most people want to be as close to 20/20, or “perfect” vision, as possible. The surgical plan is to reshape the cornea by inducing very fine scars, which then warp the cornea into a more correct shape and increases visual acuity. This allows some people to completely forgo wearing glasses. There are a few situations where glasses will still be needed.
High Prescriptions and LASIK
LASIK can usually bring a patient rather close to perfect vision, usually within a diopter of 20/20. If you are extremely nearsighted (myopic) or farsighted (hyperopic), the procedure may only be able to offer you an improvement in visual acuity. You may still need glasses to make activities like driving safe and legal. Our doctor will be able to tell you the expected outcome of your surgery, leaving you to decide if surgery is acceptable to have a less-powerful glasses prescription. Keep in mind that lower-powered prescription lenses are lighter, more comfortable and less expensive, usually, than those needed for higher prescriptions, making LASIK a great choice in Wilmington, NC for improvement.
Learn More During a Consultation
Bladeless LASIK can make huge improvements to visual acuity, but it won’t necessarily rid you of your glasses forever. If you’d like to discuss your case or you have additional questions about what this popular procedure can do for you, set up an appointment at Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington, NC. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!