With the benefit of crystal clear vision without contact lenses or glasses, it’s no surprise LASIK is a very desirable procedure. As an eye care provider who has experienced its benefits first hand, I must say I’m a huge advocate…IF you meet the proper criteria!
To qualify for LASIK, you must be over the age of 18, have stable vision for at least one year and be out of contact lenses for a period of time specified by your eye care provider. Patients should have good systemic and ocular health (i.e. free of uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune disorders, keratoconus, cataracts, glaucoma, etc.). Also, a history of certain eye conditions may disqualify a patient (i.e. lazy eye, eye turn, etc.). Patients with extremely thin corneas may not be candidates since there has to be a certain amount of tissue to reshape the cornea to provide optimal correction. Those who suffer from chronic dry eye syndrome need to consider the possibility of exacerbated symptoms after LASIK. To find out if you’re a candidate, schedule an exam with our office for a comprehensive evaluation. Be sure to mention you’re interested in LASIK upon scheduling. Also, keep in mind that having realistic expectations is very important before undergoing surgery. Your prescription may shift with age and you will most likely require glasses for activities such as reading or driving at night.
LASIK is a quick and easy, outpatient procedure that requires a few pre and post-operative follow ups. During LASIK, a flap of corneal tissue is created using either a microkeratome blade or, more commonly, intralase laser (due to increased customization and precision, I personally recommend the intralase procedure). The corneal flap is carefully folded back by your surgeon and a computer directed cold laser carefully reshapes the inner layers of your cornea. Afterwards, your surgeon will replace and align your corneal flap to its original position for proper healing.
Having undergone LASIK at a TLC Laser Eye Center, I can say I’m very satisfied with my results. My recovery time was very short (I could work the next day) and I have experienced minimal symptoms (occasional dryness). I now have 20/15 vision in both eyes (which is one line better than 20/20) and do not wear glasses or contact lenses. As a TLC Affiliated Optometrist, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have! Schedule your comprehensive eye exam today!
-Dr. Ryan Corte, OD