Across the nation, millions of people have developed eye conditions and sight impairments ranging from simple nearsightedness to astigmatism. These common problems are typically treated with the use of eye drops, eyeglasses or contact lenses. While these methods assist in supplementing vision they are often inconvenient, expensive and can only help make things clearer without truly correcting your eyesight. Unlike these outdated methods of eyesight correction, LASIK procedures treat the cause, not just the symptoms, by correcting your eye’s function entirely. For those who are tired of dealing with contact lenses and eyeglasses, it may be time to consider LASIK.

Benefits of LASIK

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery is a common vision correction procedure in which a laser is used to reshape the eye’s cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This surgery is painless and brief, often taking no more than 20 minutes.

LASIK surgery is an extremely effective, time-tested procedure with numerous benefits. For the right candidate, LASIK can produce 20/20 vision results over time, with increased vision clarity starting as soon as 24 hours after surgery. Check your vision insurance policy! Some policies cover LASIK, though it’s relatively inexpensive even without insurance coverage.

Considering LASIK?

Are contact lenses getting too expensive and cumbersome for your lifestyle? LASIK may be the way to go. Discuss your condition with your ophthalmologist or surgeon to find out if LASIK is a good option for you. All LASIK candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Good overall health
  • Stable vision prescription for at least one year
  • No existing eye disease
  • Undergo a comprehensive eye exam by a LASIK surgeon

Your eyes are unique. By submitting to a consultation and examination by a LASIK specialist, you can feel confident you’ll receive the best treatment and results possible. Remember: LASIK results are different for everyone. While you may not achieve 20/20 vision, and some LASIK patients have to continue wearing glasses for certain situations, your vision should dramatically improve.

LASIK Procedure

On the day of your surgery, your eyes will be treated with numbing drops that will ensure you feel absolutely no discomfort during the procedure. For particularly anxious or nervous patients, the surgeon may administer medication to help them relax.

Your eyes will be positioned beneath the laser and held open with a lid speculum. The surgeon will mark the target area of your cornea and the laser will be used to create a flap through which it can target your unique prescription. Your surgeon will instruct you to look into a laser light, which will pulse and painlessly reshape the cornea to adjust your vision. This process is painless, but you may experience a small amount of pressure on the eye. In less than 30 minutes, your corneas will be reshaped to properly direct light into your eye, improving your vision. You may experience haziness or blurred vision immediately after the surgery but should notice improved vision within 24 hours. Full recovery should take only a few days, though, in some rare cases, it could take up to a few weeks.

Get More Out of LASIK

Your eyesight is one of your most important senses. Don’t let contact lenses or eyeglasses stand in the way of you achieving better vision. To learn more about how LASIK surgery can change your life, contact Edina Eye Physicians online or call 952-832-8100.