LASIK, which stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a refractive surgery used to correct blurry vision and relieve a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. This vision correction procedure is used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and/or astigmatism, often helping a person to achieve 20/20 vision or better.
The Leading Medical Clinics of the World® listings include eye surgeons that perform a variety of LASIK procedures. These highly trained eye care professionals are included in our network because they are considered the best of the best in their field. Read on for more information on the LASIK procedure, including whether or not you could be a candidate, and scan our network of eye care clinics to find a doctor that fits your vision care needs.
Determining Candidacy for LASIK Surgery
If you’re considering LASIK surgery, your eye doctor will use the following guidelines to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery:
- Are you at least 18 years old?
- Are you healthy overall, and free of serious medical conditions?
- Are your eyes healthy, with no eye diseases or corneal conditions?
- Are you pregnant or nursing (factors that will cause you not be a good candidate)?
- Has your prescription remained unchanged for at least one year prior to surgery?
- Do you have sufficient corneal thickness (at least 0.5mm)? (The eye surgeon will determine this through a comprehensive eye exam.)
Types of LASIK Procedures
All types of LASIK procedures involve reshaping the cornea so that it refracts light properly onto the retina, a process needed for clear, sharp vision. The following LASIK procedures involve different surgical methods to accomplish this.
The standard LASIK procedure involves the eye surgeon using a surgical blade to create a small incision in the cornea, or transparent film on the eye’s front surface. This incision creates a flap in the cornea, which the surgeon peels back before reshaping the underlying corneal tissue using a femtosecond laser. When this process is finished, the surgeon will reposition the flap to its original position, where it will heal and close naturally, without sutures.
The bladeless LASIK procedure is similar to the standard LASIK procedure; the only difference between the two is that bladeless LASIK uses an excimer laser, instead of a blade, to create the flap in the cornea. Though both procedures are considered safe and effective, bladeless LASIK has been proven to result in lower risk of corneal complications.
Custom (or Wavefront) LASIK
This customized type of LASIK procedure starts with a detailed, 3D mapping of the eye using wavefront technology. This map is then used to guide the surgeon during the LASIK procedure, which is customized to correct refractive errors unique to the patient’s vision. These vision errors include higher-order aberrations, which cause night vision problems, glare and other visual disturbances.
Recovering from LASIK
Since the eyes heal so rapidly after LASIK surgery, there is very little downtime or need for recovery. A minor amount of eye irritation and blurry vision can be expected for the first day after surgery. Your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection and keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable. Most patients are able to drive and also return to work a day or two after surgery.
Results You Can Expect from a LASIK Procedure
Most LASIK patients begin to notice improvements in their vision within the first 24 hours after surgery. And the majority of patients no longer need to rely on eyeglasses or contacts in order to see clearly, as they have achieved 20/20 vision or better through the LASIK procedure. In fact, LASIK surgery outcomes have proven to be so positive that results of two separate studies have reported a LASIK patient satisfaction rate of 98 percent or higher.
Finding the Right LASIK Surgeon for You
Post-LASIK SurgeryReady to see clearly without glasses or contacts, but don’t want to trust your eyesight to just any eye doctor? Our network of ophthalmologists, most of whom have performed thousands of LASIK surgeries in their career, have been included in the Leading Medical Clinics of the World® directory as a result of their stellar reputations as eye surgeons. All of the ophthalmologists in our network are:
- Well-respected by peers
- Positively reviewed by patients
- Ranked as a top medical practitioner in their field
- In good standing with their medical board(s)
- Operating from a clinic that upholds the highest level of healthcare standards
If you’ve already done your research and have chosen an ophthalmologist to contact regarding the LASIK procedure, here are some questions you may wish to ask during your initial consultation:
- Would I be a good candidate for LASIK?
- Which LASIK procedures are available to me?
- How many LASIK procedures have you performed?
- Can both eyes be treated at the same time?
- Is LASIK surgery painful?
- What are the risks and/or side effects associated with the surgery?
- How common are the risks/side effects?
- How much time will I have to take off of work for recovery?
- What types of limitations (driving, exercising, etc.) will I have after surgery?
- Will I have to wear eye protection/eye shields while recovering?
- Can you provide me with any patient information (whether print or digital) to help me better understand the LASIK procedure?
- How long do the results of LASIK surgery last? Will I need another surgery?
- Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?
- How much do you charge for LASIK surgery?
- What financing options are available to me as your patient?
- Will my insurance cover my surgery?
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Search our Trusted Network of LASIK Surgeons
Your sight, one of your most precious possessions, shouldn’t be entrusted to just any eye surgeon. Finding a LASIK surgeon with a strong track record of safe, skilled surgical practices and happy patients is necessary. Search our directory of LASIK surgeons today and discover who’s the best of the best in your area.