What Is LASIK Surgery?
If you are tired of wearing glasses all the time or wrestling to put contacts into your eyes every morning, it might be time to consider LASIK eye surgery.
Most people have probably heard about LASIK, the refractive eye procedure that can help treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It has certainly become a popular way for many patients to get the eyesight that they have always wanted without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK stands for “laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis”, and this quick and painless surgery is designed to change the shape of the cornea so that when light enters the eye it is projected onto the retina properly for excellent vision. During surgery, we will create a small flap in the cornea and reshape the under lying cornea so that vision is corrected.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Get LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK is great for patients over the age of 21 years old, who have healthy stable eyes, are in good general health and who aren’t pregnant or nursing. When you come in for your consultation, we will sit down with you to discuss your goals and expectations for treatment and also perform a full eye examination to make sure that LASIK is the right procedure for you. During this visit, it’s important that you provide as much information as possible about your medical history and any medications you are taking.
Before your surgery, we will also discuss the possible risks or complications that can arise with any surgery. Of course, complications are rare and we provide the best care we can to all of our patients to minimize these risks.
LASIK is performed as a fast painless outpatient procedure. Numbing eye drops are placed into the eye or eyes prior to your surgery, and the procedure usually only takes about 10 minutes per eye. Most times both eyes are treated at the same time.
Fortunately, eyes generally heal quickly, you may want to take a day off from work after your LASIK surgery to give your eyes time to heal. There may be minimal burning and/or foreign body sensation for an hour after your procedure, but medication can be prescribed to ease your discomfort. Vision will be blurry right after your procedure but should be significantly better by the next day. During your recovery time, you should avoid pools and hot tubs for at least two weeks.
If you want to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for LASIK then call our New York LASIK Surgeon & LASIK Doctor's office today at (212) 220-0066.