Common Questions About LASIK Eye Surgery

Common Questions About LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK eye surgery is a popular procedure designed to correct refractive vision errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Understanding the basics of LASIK can help demystify the process and outcomes of this transformative surgery. The optometry team at Main Street Optometry in Northport, NY, provides pre- and post-operative care to patients who seek LASIK surgery to correct their vision. Continue reading to understand how LASIK works and who can benefit from this eye surgery.

What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK eye surgery reshapes the cornea using a laser, allowing light entering the eye to focus onto the retina properly for clearer vision. The procedure involves creating a thin flap in the cornea and using an excimer laser to remove a pre-determined amount of corneal tissue based on the patient’s visual needs.

Who Is a Good Candidate for LASIK?

Ideal candidates for LASIK eye surgery are people over 18 with stable vision prescriptions for at least a year. You must also have healthy corneas and no eye diseases. Factors like pregnancy, nursing, certain medical conditions, and some prescriptions may make you a poor candidate for LASIK. Talk with your optometrist to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.

Is LASIK Surgery Painful?

Patients typically experience little to no pain during LASIK surgery due to the numbing drops applied to the eyes beforehand. Some may feel pressure or mild discomfort, while others experience temporary dryness, itchiness, or a burning sensation post-surgery. These symptoms typically subside within a few hours to a couple of days.

What Is the Recovery Time?

Recovery varies from person to person, but many patients report significant improvements in vision within 24 hours. Most people can return to normal activities within a day or two after LASIK eye surgery. However, you should avoid strenuous activities and eye rubbing for a few weeks after the procedure. You must also schedule follow-up visits with your optometrist to monitor healing and vision improvement.

How Long Do the Results Last?

While LASIK can provide permanent results for several patients, some may require prescription lenses even after eye surgery. Vision changes related to age, such as presbyopia or cataracts, can still occur. You may still need reading glasses or other lenses for occasional use to correct these age-related vision issues.

Get Pre- and Post-Op Care From Main Street Optometry for Your LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery can significantly improve your vision without requiring eyeglasses or contact lenses, so contact Main Street Optometry in Northport, NY, to determine if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure. Our optometrist can provide pre- and post-operative care for LASIK, so call us and schedule an appointment today at (631) 757-6190.

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