LASIK has become a household name since bursting onto the vision correction seen in the mid-1990’s. Patients have flocked to have LASIK performed on their eyes so that they would be able to see the world around them more clearly.
Patients with extreme nearsightedness reaped most of the benefits in the early stages of LASIK surgery but advancements have been made that are helping more and more patients become eligible.
LASIK is a non-evasive procedure that can improve a person’s vision within a matter of minutes. The first step of LASIK is the creation on the corneal flap. The surgeon will use a small tool known as a microkeratome to create the flap on the top of the eyelid. Once the flap has been created it will be pulled back so that the laser can begin to reshape the underlying cornea. After the cornea has been reshaped the flap will be placed back into position.
The corneal flap acts as a natural bandage for the eye. No stitches are required during LASIK because the flap adheres on its own to the rest of the eye. Directly after surgery you should go home and sleep so that the healing can start. The healing process lasts about two weeks and you should avoid swimming and other rigorous activities that may disturb the healing process.
Your surgeon will schedule various check-ups with you directly following the surgery. It is important that they monitor the healing process and the vision improvements over time. If your vision goal is not achieved after the procedure the enhancements can be performed to help you reach your ultimate vision goal.
These are the 4 main steps for your Path to LASIK surgery
Step 1 – FREE consultation
Prior to determining your candidacy we suggest that you come into our office for a LASIK eye surgery patient consultation. During this consultation we will discuss if LASIK is right for you. We will educate you on the entire surgical process, discuss outcomes, and detail the risks of the surgery. LASIK is a surgical procedure and therefore requires surgical expertise. We feel that the medical directors at Precision LASIK are among the TOP eye doctors and LASIK surgeons in the state of Connecticut. Coming from all over the state our group of Corneal Specialists perform LASIK under the safest, most credible circumstances. Patient safety is never compromised at Precision LASIK group. To schedule your FREE patient consultation call us TODAY at 203.250.9800.
Step 2 – Pre Operative LASIK Evaluation
Not everyone is a candidate for the LASIK procedure but there are millions nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatic people that could be potential candidates. Determining your candidacy is the crucial step to your path for better vision. If you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery the chances of success will be excellent. If you are not a candidate, our medical directors will explain the reasons and potentially suggest a different vision correction procedure if one applies to your specific visual case. The reason that this pre-operative exam is so important is that no two eyes are the same. No two cornea maps are the same just like with a Fingerprint or DNA sample. This is why a pre-operative exam is absolutely necessary. Before LASIK is performed you will be required to undergo a series of diagnostic tests to determine the stability of your vision. After a thorough evaluation of your cornea, the doctors will be able to determine if you are a candidate.
Basic LASIK candidacy requirements:
- Must be over 18 years of age
- Must have stable vision prescription
- Must have track record of healthy eyes
- Must not have keratoconus
- Must not have severe dry eye syndrome
- Must not be pregnant or breast feeding
- Must pass corneal thickness tests
Step 3 – Day of LASIK Surgery
On the day of surgery you will be escorted into the laser room and you will be positioned under the laser microscope. After a thorough cleaning process near your eyes and eyelids the surgeon will be ready to start. First a lid speculum will be placed on top of your eye to hold the eyelids back during surgery. Anesthetic drops will be applied and the surgeon will prepare for the flap making process. The doctors will use an automated microkeratome to precisely make the LASIK flap. After the flap is created it will be lifted back. Next, the excimer laser will be applied with the your specific parameters necessary to correct your vision. The flap will then be repositioned to its normal spot and drops are applied. Once the surgery is completed you will be escorted out of the LASIK suite and into a resting place to await surgical review and post-operative instructions. You will begin to notice a positively altered view, although the vision will not be perfect at this point.
Step 4 – LASIK Post Operative Care
After your LASIK/PRK eye surgery we suggest that you head home and get a good night’s sleep. When you are asleep your body goes into a healing mode. You should not drive a car, operate machinery, read books/magazines or attempt stairs immediately following surgery. You will be given an eye shield to protect your eyes [LASIK]. Please wear the shields for the day & night of surgery and the following two weeks at bedtime. This helps prevent you from rubbing your eyes while sleeping or getting inadvertently poked in the eye by something or someone. If you had PRK, you will receive a bandage contact lens on the operative eye[s]. Should this contact lens fall out prior to your next post-op visit, DO NOT attempt to replace.
Please Protect Your Eye After LASIK eye surgery
The corneal “flap” is not sutured or glued down. It will adhere by itself over the course of one to two weeks. Therefore, it is very important that you do not rub the eye vigorously, participate in contact sports or any scenarios with “flying objects” [safety glasses always suggested!] and do your best to control all liquids/lotions/chemicals around the eye area. We will provide you with extra shields and additional tape in your post-operative LASIK kit.
For a complete list of post operative instructions please feel FREE to call us at 203-250-9800. For additional questions regarding laser vision correction or alternative vision correction options do not hesitate to contact us.
Are laser vision correction procedures covered by insurance?
Although few policies cover Laser Vision Correction, we would be happy to check yours when you come in for a consult. Remember patient financing plans are available.
Is there any pain involved with LASIK?
A: Patients tell us they feel only slight discomfort, not pain during the procedure. After the procedure, most people report a slightly irritated eye for a few hours, like if you rubbed an eyelash in your eye. But pain is subjective, and when you learn more about the procedure you’ll form your own opinion of what to expect.
Has anyone ever gone blind form a Laser Vision Correction Procedure?
There have been zero reported cases of total loss of vision.
Are there any side effects with Laser Vision Correction?
As with any type of surgery, side effects and complications can occur. All potential side effects and complications will be discussed further at the time of the Laser Vision Correction consultation.
Why not go to a discount Laser Vision Correction center?
With laser vision correction, safety, outcomes, and patient satisfaction should be the deciding factor behind the center you choose, not cost.
Is Laser Vision Correction for everyone?
Laser Vision Correction is not necessarily for everyone. The best way to determine your candidacy is with a proper screening and thorough evaluation.
I am very busy at work. What type of time commitment is needed to have LASIK?
This is a state-of-the-art procedure, which requires minimal time for the patient. The actual procedure lasts under 10 minutes per eye. Most patients can go back to work the very next day.
If you are seeking LASIK in Connecticut, you have come to the right spot! For excellence in eye care and the latest in ophthalmic technology Precision LASIK Group is a step above the competition. We understand that you have many options for LASIK eye surgery in Connecticut and we are pleased that you are at our website.
Are You A Candidate?
Not everyone is a candidate for the LASIK, laser eye surgery procedure. Each individual person has extremely unique eyes. No two cornea maps are the same just like with a Fingerprint or DNA sample. This is why a pre-operative exam is absolutely necessary. Before LASIK is performed you will be required to undergo a series of diagnostic tests to determine the stability of your vision. After a thorough evaluation of your cornea, the doctors will be able to determine if you are a candidate. This thorough diagnostic evaluation is the first step in creating a positive outcome for your pest possible visual outcome or personal best vision.
Determining your LASIK candidacy is vital to the actual LASIK eye surgery process. If you have any immediate questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our LASIK coordinators.
Expectations For LASIK Eye Surgery
Your decision to have LASIK laser vision correction is a serious decision. Ultimately, you will be the one to make the final decision. When electing a LASIK surgeon it is important to select a surgeon that can honestly explain your visual needs. In 98% of lasik cases the visual outcome is 20/40 or better, however, this is a surgical procedure and risk is still involved. This is why selecting a surgeon with a vast amount experience is important. The ultimate goal of LASIK is to reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. LASIK does not always create perfect 20/20 vision, though most cases are successful in improving vision. Ask the right questions before selecting you surgeon. Make sure that your surgeon of choice has the right answers, the best technology and the experience under his belt to ensure a safe and effective procedure. It is possible that this is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. This is your eyes and your life.