LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a surgical procedure performed by an ophthalmologist to provide long-term vision correction without the use of eyeglasses or contacts. LASIK eye surgery uses a laser to reshape the cornea to improve the clarity of vision. LASIK is a popular option because of its high rate of effectiveness and minimal recovery time. Continue reading to find out more about how this procedure works.
Determining If LASIK Is Right for You
LASIK is used to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (blurred vision). Ideal candidates for the procedure are individuals over the age of 18 who are in good overall health and have an eyeglasses or contact prescription that is stable. Individuals with dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye diseases may not be suitable candidates for LASIK. If you are interested in finding out if you are a LASIK candidate, be sure to consult your eye doctor.
Understanding the Process
LASIK surgery consists of two steps: flap creation and reshaping of the cornea. Your eye doctor will first create a flap on the top layer of your cornea using a laser or special blade. After the flap is folded back, the middle section of the cornea will be exposed. A laser will then be used to reshape the cornea. This is part of the surgery is pre-planned for each individual patient in order to achieve corrected vision. The flap is then folded back into place and allowed to heal naturally.
Enjoying Life after LASIK
After the surgery is complete, improvement of your vision will occur almost immediately. Most patients experience improved vision within one day of surgery. After the procedure, your eye doctor will monitor your recovery through follow-up visits. Many patients experience 20/20 or better vision after LASIK surgery. Over time, patients experience a reduction in dependence on eyeglasses and contacts, with many patients not needing them at all following LASIK.
If you think LASIK might be right for you or you would like to learn more about corrective eye surgery near NYC, call the office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (212) 580-8881 to schedule an appointment. You can also find out more about the services we provide by exploring our website.