What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is the most popular laser vision corrective eye surgery. It is a procedure that corrects the shape of your cornea to allow light to reflect properly into your retina. A mechanical microkeratome (a blade device) or a laser keratome (a laser device) is used to create a flap in the cornea so your surgeon can reshape it. This focuses your eye, lessening, or removing the need for glasses or contact lenses altogether!
LASIK is a safe, effective way to improve your sight and your ocular health. If you feel frustrated that you need to rely on glasses or contacts for clear vision, LASIK may be the answer. LASIK can also do more than give you better vision. It can be used to treat glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, restoring sight and slowing or arresting the progression of these diseases.
If you’re considering joining the millions who have undergone LASIK eye surgery, contact the professionals at Northwest Eye Surgeons in Columbus.
Is LASIK Right For Me?
While most people are qualified for LASIK eye surgery, it isn’t for everyone. Read about some of the common factors that may affect your candidacy.
Are You 18 or Older?
Though LASIK can be performed on people under the age of 18, it is best for adults and those with vision prescriptions that are consistent. Younger candidates often have prescriptions that are still changing, which makes them more likely to need an enhancement surgery later to keep up with their evolving prescriptions.
Are You Healthy?
Health is a big concern when determining if LASIK is right for you. Pregnancy, nursing, or ocular issues such as dry eye and cataracts may make you ineligible for LASIK. It’s important to disclose any health concerns to your doctor before proceeding.
One of the biggest factors of LASIK candidacy is your corneal thickness. Fortunately, this can be determined by a simple test. If you have a thinner cornea, you’ll be at a higher risk of complications with the LASIK surgery. In such cases, we work with you to determine a vision correction surgery that’s right for you.
Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery
The primary benefit of LASIK is improved eyesight. You can finally experience waking up to clear, crisp vision without having to put on glasses or contact lenses. However, there are additional benefits that are often overlooked. After undergoing LASIK, you don’t have to worry about restocking your contact lenses, picking out new frames, or paying for additional contact lens solutions and products. Enjoy the independence of leaving contacts and glasses behind, and see the world in a new light.
The LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure With Northwest Eye Surgeons
When you decide to use Northwest Eye Surgeons for your LASIK vision correction surgery, we guide you every step of the way. It all starts with your initial consultation.
- Consultation– We speak with you about the procedure, risks, and cost of LASIK. Once you’ve decided to proceed, we will examine your eyes and discuss any questions or concerns you may have, and evaluate your candidacy.
- Eye Examination- Our eye doctors check your vision, inspect your eyes for irregularities, and determine if LASIK is the right choice. Ocular health is a determining factor when choosing LASIK, and it’s critical that you have a comprehensive eye exam before undergoing the surgery.
- Preparing For LASIK- Before undergoing LASIK, it’s important to prepare for it. This involves reducing stress and taking anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops.
After Your Surgery- Most LASIK procedures take under an hour, and patients typically feel better within 2-4 hours. Recovery time is as little as 24-48 hours.
PRK Surgery With Northwest Eye Surgeons
At Northwest Eye Surgeons, we also offer PRK Corrective Surgery to Columbus and the surrounding areas. PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, is a type of refractive surgery to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. PRK was the first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction and is the predecessor to the popular LASIK procedure.
Laser vision correction can provide you with equivalent or possibly even better vision than with just glasses or contact lenses alone.
While an expensive upfront cost, over time, laser vision correction can save you money that you would have spent on replacement frames, or new contacts.
As of December 2013, it is estimated that over 2.8 million Americans have had a LASIK procedure since the beginning of 2011, with just over 916,000 American adults having an initial LASIK procedure during the 12 month period ending in December 2013. Every year, an estimated 600,000 people get LASIK, according to the FDA.
LASIK Made Affordable with CareCredit
The cost of vision correction surgery should never hold you back from clear vision and healthy eyes. That’s why at Northwest Eye Surgeons, we’re proud to offer CareCredit, so everyone can have access to LASIK and PRK surgery. Contact us to learn more about our financing options or request an appointment today.