Everything You Need To Know About LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
Over 10 million people in the USA have already experienced the life-changing effects of LASIK laser vision correction. If you are considering correcting your vision problems with laser eye surgery or are preparing for your upcoming procedure this guide is for you!
LASIK Eye Surgery Candidacy
LASIK vision correction surgery is a great option for millions of people, but some can be ruled unqualify for the procedure based on a few factors.
LASIK Candidate Checklist
- Are you over the age of 18?
- Do you have no history of eye disease?
- Is your vision stable/do you have a stable prescription?
- Are you in overall good health?
If you answered “Yes” to all of these questions you could be an ideal candidate for LASIK, but only a qualified ophthalmologist can tell you for certain. Find out if you are a good candidate by contacting our Union City office to schedule a LASIK consultation.
How To Prepare For LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
After your initial LASIK consultation, Dr. Shobha Tandon and her expert staff will provide you with a thorough list of surgery prerequisites. Every patient is unique and could have different requirements to prepare for surgery.
You may be prescribed prescription eye drops to be used leading up to your LASIK procedure. Some patients are required to stop wearing contacts for up two weeks prior to surgery. It is also common to provide a surgical clearance form signed by your primary care physician prior to the procedure.
It is imperative that you follow your unique provided guidelines to ensure you are ready for your LASIK procedure on the day of your surgery.
What To Expect The Day of Your LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
You should plan on being at NeoVision Eye Center for about two hours on the day of your surgery. You should arrive one hour prior to your appointment to prepare for your surgery.
LASIK Pre-surgery Prep:
- A nurse will chart your vitals
- Your pupils will be dilated
- You will be provided numbing anesthetic eye drops
You will remain awake during your LASIK surgery, which will last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. If you feel any discomfort during the procedure, our skilled eye surgeon will provide additional medication. Most patients at NeoVison Eye Center report no pain throughout their surgery.
What Happens During LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
LASIK Step 1:
Dr. Shobha Tandon will use a state of the art laser to create a flap in the corneal tissue of your eye.
LASIK Step 2:
With the Excimer laser, Dr. Tandon reshapes the surfaces of your cornea, to correct your vision impairment.
LASIK Step 3:
Your natural corneal tissue to laid back in place where it will heal naturally without the need for stitches.
Once your LASIK procedure is completed, we will monitor you for up to 30 minutes to ensure you are on the right track to optimal recovery. A predetermined friend or family member will be responsible for driving you home after your surgery.
Recovering From LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
After returning home from surgery, most patients experience a bit of discomfort as the anesthetic wears off. Dr. Tandon will provide lubricating eye drops to help combat any discomfort following your LASIK vision correction procedure. We will also provide a protective eye shield you will be required to wear while sleeping.
Within a couple of days of your procedure, you will return to NeoVision Eye Center for a follow-up consultation. We will evaluate your vision and examine your recovery and healing symptoms.
Common Side Effects of LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
- Blurred or hazy vision
- Dry eyes
- Itchy Eyes
- Watery eyes
- Glares or halos around lights
- Slight sensitivity to light
You should be able to return to your normal activities including driving, going back to work, and even light exercise within a couple of days after LASIK.
Consult Your Doctor Before Resuming the Following Activities:
- Strenuous activity or contact sports
- Water Activities
- Wearing Make-up
- Uninterrupted reading or screen time
Take the First Step Towards Improving Your Vision at NeoVision Eye Center
Our goal at NeoVision Eye Center is to ensure the comfort of our patients throughout their entire vision correction journey. Our team is eager to answer all of your questions during your free LASIK consultation, so call or contact us online today! For additional information, please download our ABCs of LASIK Book here!