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What is LASIK?
It's a treatment that uses an excimer laser to reshape your cornea to correct numerous eye refractive errors, ranging from astigmatism, and nearsightedness to farsightedness. The reshaping is done using computer-controlled precision to avoid interfering with the adjacent cell layers — a procedure that's done in a matter of seconds per eye. The whole procedure takes about 10 minutes for both eyes.
Why should I consider LASIK?
If you ever dream of making eyeglasses and contact lenses a thing of the past, you should consider LASIK. After the procedure, you can drive, watch TV and play sports without glasses. Most patients are thrilled by this life-changing event. LASIK is safe. Complications are rare, and even more rare for an experienced surgeon.
What happens during the LASIK procedure?
After evaluating your eye health and establishing you are a great candidate for LASIK, the next step is to prepare your eyes for the procedure. We use anesthesia drops to eliminate any discomfort during the treatment. You will only feel slight pressure as we work around your eyes.
After the procedure, you will experience a slight irritation in your eyes, but most patients can get over the discomfort after taking a nap. We prescribe some eye drops to help you with recovery. Ultimately, expect to resume normal activities 24-48 hours after the surgery.
Who isn't a perfect candidate for LASIK?
Ophthalmologists consider several factors before carrying out LASIK surgery. In general, prime candidates for LASIK should be over 18 years, have good eye health, and should have a stable eye prescription for about one year. Certain autoimmune conditions, severe dry eye, high prescription and keratoconus may rule you out as a good candidate for LASIK. If you are an expecting mother it is best to wait until after delivery to ensure your glasses prescription is stable so you can have an excellent and stable result.
Are the alternatives to LASIK?
Yes, PRK or photorefractive keratectomy may be an alternative if your cornea is too thin for LASIK. PRK requires more downtime and has more discomfort that LASIK. One of our experienced surgeons can evaluate you and decide which procedure is best for you.
LASIK Eye Surgery in Phoenix
Want to get rid of your prescription lenses and glasses? Please consider LASIK surgery. Call Eye Doctors of Arizona today for more information or to schedule an appointment with our ophthalmologist.