LASIK is a popular procedure used to correct vision for those who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis. If you’ve thought of getting LASIK surgery, you’ve likely considered some of the following questions.
What are the benefits of LASIK?
LASIK has a great list of benefits, including the fact that it works. Studies show that 96% of patients achieve their desired vision following a LASIK procedure. The great news is that there is minimum pain associated with getting LASIK surgery because numbing eye drops are used. Many find that their vision is immediately improved just one day after LASIK. LASIK does not require any bandages or stitches since it deals directly with the eyeball and nothing else.
What are the disadvantages of LASIK?
Problems may occur, but they are extremely rare. That is why it is vital to select an eye surgeon who has the proper credentials and experience to provide you with a high-quality LASIK surgery.
What are the side effects of LASIK?
During the first 48 hours after LASIK eye surgery, some patients report feeling discomfort. Other side effects include dry eyes, changing vision, the appearance of halos around objects, glare, or problems driving at night.
What happens during a LASIK procedure?
During your LASIK eye surgery, the surgeon will use a tool called a microkeratome or the femtosecond laser. This is specifically used to make a thin flap in the cornea. The flap will be lifted, revealing the corneal tissue. This tissue will be painlessly reshaped using another laser. This reshaping process will allow the eye to correctly focus light towards the retina. Finally, the flap is placed back over the cornea. Local anesthesia will be given with eye drops used to numb the eye, and in some cases, patients may request mild sedation. The full procedure is quick and only takes 10 minutes from start to finish.
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If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sondheimer today. You can contact our office at Skokie, IL (847-677-2794), Deerfield, IL (847-677-2794) and Park Ridge, IL (847-696-7643). We look forward to addressing any questions or concerns you may have.