Before considering LASIK surgery, you should be aware of what LASIK entails and what to expect from this treatment. Being informed will enable you to make a wise decision about LASIK treatment. Your eye care specialists at Urias Eyecare, Midland, TX, have compiled these LASIK FAQs to help you better understand this surgery.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a surgical eye treatment used to correct problems with myopia, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It offers an alternative to wearing prescription glasses or contacts to improve your vision.
How does LASIK work?
The cornea is responsible for filtering light into your eye to give you visual clarity and focus. A healthy cornea is dome-shaped to allow proper entrance of light. A misshapen cornea can hinder how light passes through your eyes, resulting in astigmatism or other refractive errors that impair your sight. LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea of your eye to correct refractive errors and improve your eyesight.
Can anyone undergo LASIK treatment?
Not everyone qualifies for this procedure. LASIK candidates must meet certain requirements to be eligible for this surgery. They must be at least 18 years old, have good general health, have good eye health, and have a stable prescription for at least 12 months before the surgery. Pregnant and nursing women are not eligible as hormonal changes in their bodies cause fluctuations in their vision.
At Urias Eyecare, we offer pre and post-op care for LASIK surgery. Our Midland optometrist will evaluate your eye health and vision to determine if you're a good candidate for this treatment. We'll also recommend a qualified eye surgeon for your surgery.
Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?
You will be given anesthetic drops to numb your eyes for the procedure. You may feel some pressure during the treatment but no pain. After the procedure, your eye doctor will give you eye drops to manage any temporary irritation you may feel in your eyes.
How long will it take to recover from LASIK?
Most people notice visual improvement hours after surgery. As time goes by, your vision will become even clearer. You'll be able to resume normal activities the following day after surgery. However, you'll need to forgo swimming and contact sports for several weeks after treatment to give your eyes time to heal.
See Our Midland, TX, Optometrist for Pre and Post-Op LASIK Care
To schedule an evaluation to see if you're a good candidate for LASIK surgery, contact Urias Eyecare at 432-368-4102.