Over the years, great advances have been made in vision correction. Until fairly recently, it was only possible to correct vision through eyeglasses and contact lenses. Today, we have LASIK surgery! LASIK surgery is one of the most popular forms of vision correction in the United States for a reason. LASIK is quick, painless, safe, and very effective. Patients everywhere have been enjoying the benefits of LASIK surgery, and you may as well! LASIK vision correction in Providence, RI has never been easier or safer than it is today. If you have been thinking of getting LASIK surgery, now is the time.
LASIK surgery is performed on patients with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. These vision errors are extremely common, but now you have options!
Types of Laser Vision Correction
There are many forms of laser vision correction, meaning that if you are not a candidate for LASIK, you may qualify to receive a comparable procedure. LASIK alternatives such as PRK deliver very similar results. There are also different forms of LASIK, such as Custom LASIK, all-laser LASIK and traditional LASIK. Your doctor can help decide which one is best for you and your individual needs.
The LASIK Procedure
The goal of LASIK surgery is to reshape the cornea. Reshaping the cornea allows light to reflect properly onto the retina, which results in clear vision. To do this, your surgeon will need to create a "flap" on the surface of the cornea in order to adjust the layers underneath.This is done by using a small device called a microkeratome, or by a laser. Once this is done, your surgeon can make the necessary adjustments to the cornea using an excimer laser. When the adjustments have been made, your surgeon simply replaces the flap, which is self healing and needs no sutures.
LASIK Surgery Recovery
Recovery from LASIK surgery is generally easy, and vision should clear within the day after surgery. LASIK recovery is not generally painful, but there is often discomfort involved. One very common immediate side effect is the feeling of extremely dry eyes. Your doctor will prescribe eye drops to help manage this symptoms, which should greatly reduce within the first weeks.
Some patients may notice poor night vision after LASIK surgery. Like any surgery, LASIK does come with some risks. The risks involved with LASIK include:
- Under or over correction - this is improved with a second surgery
- Dislocated flap (rare)
- Infection (rare)
- Epithelial ingrowth (rare)