LASIK has grown in popularity over the years. It is one of the many options available to correct vision issues such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. Since it was first introduced, technology has advanced a lot to make it a relatively safe procedure. Read on to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK.
What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for laser in situ keratomileuses. During this procedure, an eye doctor uses a laser to reshape the cornea. This corrects some of the most common vision problems like astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness.
What are the risks and side effects of LASIK?
LASIK is safe, but that doesn't mean that it has absolutely no risks or side effects. The most common risks and side effects are dry eyes and the effects of glares or halos at night. However, it is unlikely you will experience complications if you adhere to post-operative instructions.
Does LASIK hurt?
Most people that have LASIK report no pain during the procedure itself, but there have been some reports of minor irritation for a few days afterward. We provide eye drops to help with the uncomfortable irritation that might occur. If needed, you may take Tylenol or ibuprofen.
How long until I can resume normal activity?
You can resume normal activity as soon as the next day following the procedure. It is recommended not to drive until after a day or two though. There may be a few restrictions, like no swimming or contact sports for a while after you have LASIK.
How long do the effects of LASIK last?
The effects of LASIK are permanent. However, if your eyes change and your vision worsens because of those changes, then you might need to undergo LASIK again.
What if I move or blink during the procedure?
The technology and equipment for LASIK are accurate and take into account the regular movements of the eye. To prevent or limit blinking, there is a holder that supports the eyelid so that blinking is not an issue.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes.
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