Are you tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses? With LASIK, you can have clear vision without the need for corrective lenses. LASIK is a popular refractive surgery that’s a good option for many patients. If you’re interested in LASIK, make an appointment with Magdalena Saint-Louis, OD, at Real Vision Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Dr. Saint-Louis and the team help you decide if LASIK is right for you. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
LASIK is an acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It’s a popular refractive laser eye surgery that corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. LASIK reshapes the cornea of your eye to change the way light focuses on your retina.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, occurs when you can’t see things clearly at a distance. Hyperopia is the opposite of myopia, and occurs when things close up are blurry. These common eye conditions make your vision blurry, but LASIK corrects them to give you clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK surgery is almost painless. Before the procedure, the surgeon puts numbing drops in your eyes to prevent discomfort. During the procedure, your eye is held open with a lid speculum and your eye is positioned under the laser.
The surgeon marks your cornea and places a suction on your eye to keep it from moving. The surgeon creates a flap on the surface of your eye and then uses the laser to remove a portion of your cornea, reshaping it to correct your vision.
LASIK procedures typically take just 15 minutes for both eyes. If you get LASIK, you can expect to be in the office for about an hour. This time includes preparation, the procedure itself, and time to recover.
There’s little to no downtime with LASIK treatment. Many patients have clear vision about a day after the procedure, but it can take a few months for your eyes to completely normalize after LASIK.
Patients who are 18 or older and have healthy eyes are often good candidates for LASIK. Because LASIK reshapes your eye by removing tissue from the cornea, it’s important that you have corneas that are adequately thick.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK, Dr. Saint-Louis performs an eye exam. She talks with you about the benefits and risks associated with this elective procedure. In many cases, LASIK delivers clearer vision, but your vision may not be perfect after the procedure.
If LASIK isn’t right for you, another procedure may be an option. PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis), and other vision-correction surgeries may work for patients who aren’t good candidates for LASIK. Let Dr. Saint-Louis and her team evaluate your eyes and help you make the best decision.
With LASIK, you can have crisp, clear vision without wearing glasses or contacts. To find out if LASIK is right for you, talk to Dr. Saint-Louis and her team. Make an appointment online or by phone to get started.