LASIK is an eye care service that many people choose to have to get rid of the usage of eyeglasses or contact lenses. But like any type of surgery, it is not recommended for everyone. With offices in Cibolo and San Antonio, InSight EyeCare is the place to go to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. Below are answers to some of the most common questions about LASIK.
What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK eye surgery is a laser surgical procedure that gently reshapes the eye to correct refractive errors.
What Can LASIK Treat?
It can treat refractive errors like nearsightedness (myopia), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
What Makes Me a Good Candidate for The Laser Procedure?
Before LASIK surgery, our optometrist will need to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for it. Some factors we consider are the following:
- Age: You must be at least 18-years-old to get LASIK because the eyes don't fully mature until that age.
- Prescription: LASIK can correct nearsightedness if your prescription is up to -11.00. It can correct farsightedness up to +5.00. If you have astigmatism, LASIK can correct up to 5.00.
- Eye Health: If you are suffering from any eye condition, such as dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and keratoconus, then this type of procedure may not be right for you. Optometry professionals prefer that the eyes are healthy and stay stable for at least two years for the surgery to be successful.
- Corneal Thickness: Due to the way the surgery is performed, your cornea can be no thicker than 0.5mm.
- General Health: If you have uncontrolled diabetes, an autoimmune disease, or any health complication that compromises your immune system, then you will not be a good candidate for LASIK. Also, if you are pregnant or nursing, our eye doctor suggests that you wait to have the procedure done.
Is LASIK Painful?
The procedure is relatively painless. During the procedure, the eye surgeon puts numbing drops to your eyes so that you don’t feel any pain. However, you might feel a slight amount of pressure from it.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Plan to be at the office for about two hours. You must arrive 30 minutes before surgery to prepare you for it. The procedure itself takes about 10 minutes per eye, but the laser portion of it takes just 20 to 50 seconds per eye. After the operation, you may have to wait another 30 to 60 minutes before you can leave.
How Long Will It Take for My Vision to Stabilize?
While your vision will be clear the day after the procedure, it can take a month or two for vision to stabilize.
Have More Questions? Ask Our Optometry Professional Today
If you are thinking about getting LASIK, we at InSight EyeCare can help. To know if you are a good candidate for LASIK or for information about our eye care services, give us a call today at 210-659-3937 (Cibolo) or 210-236-7273 (San Antonio).