Lasik Eye Surgery
LASIK, Laser-Assisted In Sito Keratomileusis, is a laser vision correction surgery that is meant to reduce a person's need for glasses or contacts. The procedure is highly specialized and can only be performed by a trained LASIK surgeon.
The procedure begins with a formal consultation, where you will meet your LASIK expert, answer some questions, and together, determine which LASIK procedure it right for you, and what you can expect. Unfortunately, those with Cataracts are typically not candidates for the LASIK procedure.
Once you've had your consultation, and determine that you are qualified for the surgery, you'll make another appointment to have the procedure done. Prior to your procedure, you'll arrive at the LASIK center, where the staff there will make you feel relaxed and welcome. Most patients are given a mild sedative, and led to a quiet waiting room where the lights are dimmed.
When you go in for the actual procedure, you'll come to find the whole process takes less than 15 minutes. You'll be given anesthetic drops for your eyes, and you'll lay back on the table. While everyone's pain threshold is different, few people describe the procedure as 'painful' - most find it to be uncomfortable, but bearable.
The exact LASIK process involves an incision in your corneal flap so your inner eye is exposed. A laser will shoot down waves that smooth the abnormalities in the cornea that cause imperfect vision. Once you're done with this part, you'll be sat up, and asked to read an eye chart. If all has gone well, you should start to see a difference immediately!
Following the surgery, you'll be given lubricating drops to keep your eyes moist. Most patients are able to see the results in a matter of hours to days.
Again, LASIK, CustomLASIK, and PRK are not procedures designed to treat Cataracts. However, if you're unsure about the state of your vision, or have ruled out Cataracts as a definite cause to your vision problem, why not explore LASIK more?