LASIK permanently improves your vision by treating the inner tissue of the cornea. In order to reach the desired treatment area, a flap must first be created with a device called a microkeratome. This flap is gently folded out of the way. The laser is then used to reshape the cornea, allowing light to focus directly on the retina.
LASIK is a twenty minute procedure and is painless. Some patients feel minor pressure on the eye during the procedure. Within 24 hours most patients have clear vision and can return to their normal activities.
Dry eye is the main side effect of LASIK. Pre operative testing will determine your level of eye dryness. Most patients will be given a prescription for eye drops to resolve any dryness after surgery. This dryness is only temporary and can last from two weeks to three months. You may also require over-the-counter eye drops after surgery. Drops will be prescribed to prevent inflammation and infection as well.
Not all patients are candidates for LASIK with a flap. In some cases, your surgeon may recommend Advanced Surface Ablation (also known as PRK). Pre-operative testing will help your surgeon decide which procedure is right for you. Advanced Eye Centers uses the latest techniques and technologies to provide you with the best possible vision.