Is LASIK For Me? 8 Questions To Ask Yourself To Find Out
If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK may be a viable option to correct your vision. As an elective procedure, LASIK works by changing the shape of the cornea permanently so you can see more clearly. As a result, you won’t need to rely on corrective lenses or glasses any longer! Reach out to Nevada Eye Physicians with eight locations across the state including Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder, Mesquite, and Pahrump, NV, to learn more about this surgery today. In order to provide you with more information about this innovative procedure, we’ve put together a helpful list of common questions about LASIK our patients ask in-office.
1. How Do I Know If I’m Right For LASIK?
LASIK surgery sounds excellent in theory, but is it right for you? The best candidates for LASIK are at least 18 years old with healthy eyes and stable vision that has not changed in at least a year. This means that you must be free from corneal abnormalities, infections, or eye diseases that may put you at risk for complications. The professional team of surgeons at Nevada Eye Physicians will ask you detailed questions about your eyes and give you an evaluation to determine if you have any complications that will result in a poor outcome.
2. Is LASIK Safe?
Millions of Americans have had LASIK, and that number is increasing every day. It is a simple, outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour to perform at our clinic. In fact, many experienced surgeons report that wearing contact lenses on a long-term basis has more potential to damage your eyes than LASIK. Complications from LASIK surgery are rare, and most individuals are generally satisfied with their results. To increase your chances of having a successful operation, we recommend researching the rewards and risks to the best of your ability and having a discussion with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists or LASIK surgeons at any of the eight locations of Nevada Eye Physicians.
3. What Happens During the LASIK Procedure?
Simply put, LASIK technology reshapes the cornea to correct your vision. First, we numb the eyes with eye drops, then prop up the eyelids gently. A device will help stabilize your eyes before a computer-controlled excimer laser reshapes your cornea through pulsing light. Our practitioners make these changes based on the data we collect from your initial consultation at our office. Once your surgeon finishes, they will reposition the corneal flap, so it stays in place. At this point, the healing can begin.
4. What Are Some Of The Risks of LASIK?
You may be nervous about getting a procedure on your eyes, but the experienced staff at Nevada Eye Physicians will help by discussing your goals and expectations along with the risks. Before proceeding with LASIK surgery, you should feel completely comfortable with your physician’s assessment. Some of the temporary side effects from surgery include dry eyes, which can be treated with eye drops with the recommendation of your surgeon. Other effects include glare, halos, starbursts, and blurry vision. Generally, these last for a few weeks and should disappear over time. If you have additional concerns about your eyes following surgery, do not hesitate to call the location of Nevada Eye Physicians where your surgery was performed.
5. Can I Get Rid Of My Glasses?
With its high success rate, LASIK is an excellent way to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses and glasses. It has been scientifically developed to improve the vision of those suffering from certain eye conditions such as hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism. However, this surgery does not necessarily eliminate the need for glasses entirely. This is since everyone responds to the procedure differently, based on your age and eye condition. Conditions such as presbyopia are generally not treated with LASIK. Presbyopia is the gradual loss of vision due to age. While you won’t need your glasses most of the time after undergoing LASIK, you may want to keep a spare pair at home just in case.
6. When Can I Return To Work?
After the procedure, it is safe for you to go home, but we ask that you get a family member or other responsible adult to drive you home. It’s normal to feel some discomfort, itching, watery eyes, or burning, but this is temporary and a part of the process. We may prescribe you antibiotics to prevent infection or anti-inflammatory drops to make you feel more comfortable. We also recommend wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from bright light. After a good night’s sleep, you should be able to return to work within 24 – 48 hours of the procedure.
7. What About Follow-Up After LASIK?
Patients will need to return to your selected location of Nevada Eye Physicians for follow-up appointments as requested by our staff. We do this to monitor your progress, help you manage any symptoms, and make sure your eye health is still in good shape. We will assist you in scheduling your yearly eye examinations at any of our eight locations across the state including Las Vegas, Henderson, Mesquite, Boulder City, and Pahrump, NV, as well.
8. How Do I Choose The Right Doctor for my LASIK surgery?
This is likely the most important question from this list. LASIK surgery requires a skilled surgeon with a superb track record who will oversee every step of the process. A great practitioner will also take the time to address your questions and concerns during your consultation. Make sure you feel at ease with your physician and their staff before moving forward.
With LASIK correction surgery, Nevada Eye Physicians allow patients to have improved vision with a better quality of life. Our team is proud to use the latest in advanced technologies and techniques for the most optimal results. Contact any of our eight facilities in Nevada, including Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump to schedule your LASIK consultation today.