LASIK, also known as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a common eye procedure performed to correct various eye conditions. The procedure uses a computer-controlled laser to restructure the eyes. LASIK is a popular eye correction surgery, with millions of people undergoing the procedure a year. Below are some frequently asked questions about laser eye surgery.
1. What eye conditions can laser eye surgery treat?
LASIK surgery can treat astigmatism, farsightedness, and shortsightedness.
2. How effective is laser eye surgery?
Surveys show that LASIK surgery has a high approval rating, with over 92 percent of patients reporting satisfaction with the surgery.
3. What are the risks of undergoing laser eye surgery?
Some patients report experiencing dry eyes, halos, starbursts, floaters, and infection after a laser eye surgery. Other potential complications can include flap slips, diffuse lamellar keratitis, corneal ectasia, corneal scarring, subjunctive hemorrhage, retinal detachment, epithelial ingrowth, and uveitis.
4. What can a patient expect before and after a laser eye surgery?
Patients must be aged 18 or older in order to undergo a laser eye surgery. The doctor will typically examine the patient's corneas and gather information that will calculate the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. The patient will likely take antibiotics to prevent injection. Anesthetic eye drops will be used to sedate the patient's eyes.
After the surgery, the optometrist might prescribe antibiotic eye drops. The patient will be given a set of instructions in order to properly heal the eyes in the aftermath of the surgery. Patients are often advised to rest their eyes and to avoid bright lights.
5. How do you find a clinic that performs laser eye surgery?
Columbia, MO residents can find top-notch eye care at the Andrew Stone Optometry clinic. Our center provides evaluation and referrals for LASIK surgery centers that we have worked with on an ongoing basis. Additionally, Dr. Stone provides post-operative LASIK eye care to help you through the healing process after your surgery.
Schedule an Appointment with our Columbia Optometrist for a LASIK Evaluation
Find out if LASIK is the answer to your vision problems. Schedule an appointment for a full evaluation with our trusted and experienced optometrist, Dr. Stone. To get into contact with the Andrew Stone Optometry Clinic, call us at (573) 445-7750