What do you see when you wake up? If life is a blur until you find your glasses or put in your contacts, you may want to consider LASIK eye surgery. LASIK, short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is the most common type of laser refractive surgery.
First approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration two decades ago, LASIK quickly caught on, with about 9.5 million people in the US opting for the procedure. But it’s not for everyone. If you’re considering LASIK, the experienced team of ophthalmologists at Smart Eye Care answers all of your questions.
What eye issues can LASIK correct?
LASIK is most effective for those who are nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia) or have astigmatism. Regardless of your sight issues, your eye doctor will discuss whether LASIK can correct your vision.
What is the success rate for LASIK?
Your results depend on your specific refractive error and other factors, but more than 9 of 10 people can ditch their glasses or contacts after the procedure. LASIK also has an impressive 96% patient satisfaction rate with more than 90 percent of patients achieving 20/20 eyesight, if not better.
What should I expect during the procedure?
You should expect a quick and painless outpatient procedure performed in our Laser Center office. Our Doctors first numb your eyes before they create a thin flap in your cornea to gain access to your corneal tissue.
He then uses a laser to reshape your tissue so that your cornea can refract light directly onto your retina for clear vision. You should be in and out of the office within an hour.
How soon after the surgery should I start to see results?
After surgery, you’ll be sent home with eyedrops and aftercare instructions. Someone will need to drive you home after your procedure because your sight will be blurry.
Most people are able to drive the next day and start to see vision improvements within a day or two. For some, it may take a bit longer.
What are the possible complications?
As with any surgery, there are potential complications. But LASIK complications are rare. Most patients experience a temporary dry eye. vision loss, and flap problems are extremely rare. Most side effects subside within a few weeks.
Are you interested in ditching your glasses or contacts? To schedule a LASIK consultation, call Smart Eye Care to make a consultation at either of our two Brooklyn, New York locations. You can also send us a message here on our website, or use the convenient Request Appointment feature.