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What to Ask During Your LASIK Consultation

LASIK surgery can permanently improve your vision. Meeting with your eye doctor in New York for a consultation prior to your surgery gives you an opportunity to ask questions and ensure that you fully understand the procedure prior to proceeding. Preparing ahead of time will help you know what to expect, and allow you to get the most out of your surgery.

Is LASIK surgery permanent?

The laser used in LASIK surgery permanently reshapes your cornea to correct your vision. Your vision will be permanently corrected, but the extent to which your vision is improved may vary. If your vision is not completely corrected with your first corrective eye surgery, your eye doctor can perform an enhancement to further correct your vision. Generally, only a very small amount of patients will need this enhancement.

Is LASIK surgery safe?

There are fewer risks associated with LASIK than there are with long-term contact lens wear. Every aspect of the LASIK procedure—from the use of the equipment to the training of the eye doctors who use it—is strictly and routinely regulated. The most serious side effect of LASIK surgery is the risk of a minor infection, but this is very rare. Other side effects of the surgery are temporary, and include poor night vision, seeing halos around images, and a sensitivity to light glare.

How is the surgery performed?

LASIK surgery is performed with a very precise laser called a microkeratome or femtosecond laser. This laser will create a thin flap in your cornea that allows your eye doctor to reshape it. After the cornea is reshaped, your eye doctor will replace the flap so your eye can heal. The procedure is performed using local anesthesia; your eye doctor will numb your eyes with special eye drops. The procedure only lasts around 10 minutes.

If you’re interested in LASIK surgery in New York, visit us at the office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. In addition to LASIK, we offer eye cataract surgery, treatment for dry eye syndrome, and more. Call us at (646) 350-3391 to set up a LASIK consultation. This consultation will be the first step in permanently improving your vision and your quality of life.