LASIK & Refractive Surgery Co-Management
what is LASIK?
The most common refractive eye surgery today is LASIK – Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.
LASIK, also called laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery that corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. LASIK involves reshaping the cornea of the eye using a laser or microkeratome by an ophthalmologist. A permanent alternative to contact lenses or eyeglasses, LASIK is a good option for most patients.
LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) are both surgical procedures that correct refractive errors of vision and are advances over radial keratotomy. Phakic intraocular lenses are an alternative to LASIK and PRK for patients with moderate to high myopia or thin corneas.
LASIK is the premier surgery for correcting vision. After the procedure, there is almost no discomfort. The procedure is fast and almost painless. Patients report that they see 20/20 within a day.
Astigmatism and nearsightedness are corrected with LASIK.
Who Are The Optimal LASIK Candidates?
Refractive or laser eye surgery is not right for everyone. The qualifications of a good candidate for refractive or laser eye surgery generally include:
- At least 18 years of age
- Stable eyeglass and contact lense prescription for at least 2 to 3 years
- Stable vision over at least the past year
- No history or findings of active corneal disease
- No significant medical or eye problems, such as previous corneal ulcers, keratoconus (a progressive thinning of the cornea), diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, or glaucoma
- No significant dry eye
- Not pregnant or nursing
- Eyeglass prescription within certain limits set by your eye surgeon
- A good candidate also is one who, despite expecting improved vision, will still be OK with the idea of having to wear glasses under certain situations, such as when driving at night.
If My Vision Is Blurry After LASIK..
Though most patients see clearly within a day or so after LASIK, it can take several months before your eyes completely stabilize. Until then, improvements in your vision can still occur in fits and jumps. If several months pass and your vision is still blurred, be sure to communicate and visit with your LASIK surgeon. It may be appropriate to have a second LASIK surgery -an enhancement- to sharpen your eyesight further.
If an enhancement is not required, eyeglasses or contact lenses may be used to help. We will be happy to examine your eyes and discuss the options available to you.
After LASIK Eyewear
Even if your vision seems perfect after LASIK, you may still require or be more comfortable with eyewear.
When outdoors, it’s optimal and sometimes urgent to protect your eyes from the sun’s strong and sometimes harmful rays. Use sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection. For sports-sunglasses, the lenses need to have poly-carbonate for extra strength and protection. Anytime you work with power tools or do any activity where eye injury is possible, be sure to use safety glasses with poly-carbonate lenses.
If you’re over 40 (or close), it’s likely you’ll need reading glasses after LASIK. Many LASIK patients benefit from prescription eyeglasses for night driving. Even a mild prescription will make your vision sharper for added safety and comfort at night.
After LASIK Eye Care
Remember to continue to schedule routine eye exams post – LASIK. Even with perfect vision you still need to have your eyes examined for glaucoma and other potential problems on a regular basis. Routine exams will help insure that your vision remains stable after LASIK.