Think LASIK is Outdated? Think Again!
- Posted on: Jun 15 2019
LASIK has been around since before the turn of the Century. The FDA approved this laser eye surgery in 1999. Since doctors began performing LASIK, more than 10 million procedures have been conducted in our country. Patients treated with LASIK back then appreciated the many benefits of their decision. Today’s patients still have a lot to appreciate. In fact, the procedure has gotten better as laser devices have improved.
LASIK is short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. Keratomileusis originates from two Greek terms: “cornea” and “to carve.” Yes, “to carve” any part of the eye sounds highly unpleasant, but let’s sit the imagery aside for a moment. Corneal surgery has come a long way over the years, and LASIK has been one of the most significant advances we’ve seen. Initially, doctors performed corneal procedures using standard surgical instruments. LASIK is conducted entirely with a laser device. So even the idea of carving could be whittled down to slight shaving.
The LASIK Treatment Process
A thorough eye exam is performed to determine if a person is a good candidate for LASIK vision correction. During this exam, we observe the shape of the corneas, their thickness, and general eye health. The type and severity of refractive error are also noted during this visit.
LASIK surgery takes less than half an hour. Each eye only requires about 10 minutes to correct refractive error. Before commencing with treatment, the eye doctor inserts anesthetic eye drops that numb the nerves of the eye. Patients do not feel pain but may sense slight pressure as the laser shapes the cornea. Shaping occurs through a small flap created by the high-speed laser and follows computer data that outlines just how the cornea needs to be altered to improve vision.
If a sedative has been administered alongside the numbing eye drops, it may be necessary to remain in the office for a short time. Before releasing the patient, the doctor performs a brief examination of the eyes. After surgery, slight itching or burning may occur. Soreness is also common. This is not painful, just a minor nuisance. Many patients return to work the day after their LASIK procedure. However, there is no reason to rush back into normal activities. Taking a few days to rest and let vision settle into its new state offers the benefit of a stress-free recovery.
Have you spent too long thinking about correcting your vision once and for all? Schedule a consultation at Roholt Vision Institute to discuss the value of LASIK. We proudly serve patients from North Canton, Canfield, and Alliance.
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