What is LASIK?

LASIK is a procedure that corrects vision problems, such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Patients who undergo LASIK typically are able to see without using corrective lenses. LASIK is a common procedure performed on many people with vision problems.

How is LASIK Done?

During LASIK, surgeons use a laser to eliminate corneal tissue. This process reshapes the cornea and allows it to focus on light better for improved vision. LASIK usually takes about 15 minutes to perform.

Does LASIK Work Effectively?

LASIK can correct the vision of patients with astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness. Keep in mind that some patients with stronger prescriptions continue to have trouble seeing clearly without eyeglasses or contact lenses even after a LASIK procedure. However, many patients notice their vision improving roughly 1 day after LASIK. Over time, some patients' vision may change and they may need to receive a LASIK touch-up surgery.

Is LASIK Considered Safe?

LASIK is a safe procedure when it’s done on patients who are suitable candidates. It typically doesn’t cause any severe side effects or complications, although some patients experience slight burning or itching after the procedure. Most patients do not experience any pain or discomfort from LASIK surgery. Patients should keep in mind that blurry vision is considered normal for about 1 day after the procedure. Those who undergo LASIK surgery generally need a few days to a few weeks for their eyes to fully recover.

Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?

Dr. Hart-Moreland provides patients with an initial consultation to determine whether they are good candidates for LASIK surgery. Patients who are usually cleared to have LASIK surgery include those with a thick cornea, no underlying medical conditions, and healthy eyes. Dr. Hart-Moreland then refers patients to a LASIK surgeon. Call East Lake Eye Care or schedule a consultation online today!

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