LASIK is a laser eye surgery used to correct refractive errors of the eye. Patients usually opt for LASIK when they tire of wearing corrective lenses, such as contacts or glasses. Although there are no guarantees for treatment, the vast majority of LASIK patients report monumental improvements in their vision – many with 20/20 or better. LASIK eye surgery has a tremendous success rate, with approximately 97 percent of patients reporting satisfactory results.
Did you know…
that in 2001, LASIK refractive eye surgery became the most common elective surgery in America? Since that time, millions of people have had their vision corrected with LASIK in more than 1,000 LASIK eye centers across the country. LASIK’s excellent track record has made it a popular choice for vision correction in the U.S. It is so safe, that there has never been a single instance of blindness reported as a result of LASIK treatment!
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
You could be a candidate for LASIK if you are at least 18 years of age and suffer with a refractive error that impairs your vision. You should have stable vision for a minimum of 3 year prior to your treatment date, and your eyes must be healthy and free of diseases and infections. To find out more about LASIK and whether you are a candidate for the procedure, contact our office today. Dr. Paver, your Irvine optometrist, works closely with well-known nearby ophthalmologists who will perform the consultation as well as the actual procedure at their clinic, and then you will return to see Dr. Paver for all of your follow-up visits, which are crucial to monitor your visual success and also to ensure you are healing properly.
What should I expect during LASIK surgery?
The eye surgeon will numb your eyes using anesthetic eye drops. Once your eye is numb, the doctor will create a flap on your eye and lift it to expose the cornea. Your vision may become very blurry, but that is normal. A cool laser will reshape your corneal tissue, and the flap will be placed gently back over your eye. It is normal to experience some irritation in your eye in the hours immediately following your surgery, but this should subside by the morning after your procedure.
Will I need to follow any special instructions after my treatment?
Your eye will heal quickly, but it is important to avoid rubbing it or applying pressure to it in the days following your procedure. After resting the day of your procedure, you may be capable of returning to work as soon as the following day. As a precaution, you may be advised to avoid wearing eye make-up or applying any topical products to the area around your eyes in the first 14 days following LASIK surgery.