Laser surgery for eyes, also known as refractive surgery, has become very common in recent years. This type of surgery can correct vision and eliminate a patient’s need for glasses or contact lenses, and it can even be used to remove cataracts. There are many different types of refractive surgery, but the most common type is LASIK, which is short for laser in-situ keratomileusis.
What Is LASIK Surgery?
During LASIK eye treatment, a surgeon uses a laser to cut the cornea of the eye and reshapes it to correct common vision problems such as short- or long-sightedness and astigmatism. The recovery time is quick and there are no stitches required. Patients usually notice an improvement in their vision almost immediately.
This procedure may not be suitable for all patients, especially in cases where their prescription is very strong. Ask your doctor if LASIK eye surgery is right for you.
Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery
- In most cases, the patient will no longer require glasses or contact lenses after laser treatment.
- The procedure is non-invasive and most patients report little pain.
- Recovery is quick, as there are no stitches required.
- Improvement in vision occurs almost immediately after the procedure.
Drawbacks of LASIK Surgery
- As mentioned, not every patient may be eligible for LASIK. Your doctor will be able to help you evaluate which procedure is right for you.
- In rare cases complications may arise, damaging a patient’s vision.
- Some patients report minor side effects such as dry eyes, trouble driving at night, or seeing glares or halos.
- In some instances patients may still require glasses or contact lenses after their procedure.
If you’re considering LASIK, our medical professionals will be happy to answer any questions and help you decide if the procedure would work for you. Contact us today to make an appointment!