LASIK is a type of refractive surgery designed to reshape the cornea and produce clearer vision. It is an outpatient laser surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with excellent results (95 percent of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better).
Before LASIK Surgery At the Bonner Eye Clinic, your surgeon will be present from your initial consultation to your final follow-up exam. A comprehensive eye exam will be done, eye history will be examined, and one of our doctors will be sure that your refractive error has been stable for at least one year.
LASIK Process LASIK begins with anesthetic eye drops used to numb the eye, then a corneal flap is created and the eye is positioned under the laser, which has been programmed to your vision. Your job is to look at the flashing fixation light and the laser does the rest. It tracks all eye movements with a 3-D eye tracker to keep treatment right on target. You will remain awake during the procedure, which takes only a few minutes. Preoperative preparation may extend surgery time to 30 minutes or more. Often, improved vision is seen immediately following the surgery. Most of our patients are able to return to daily activities and will be able to drive to their post-operative appointment the following day.
LASIK Benefits and Risks Advantages of LASIK include:
- Faster healing time
- Rapid visual recovery
- Less risk of scarring
- Less risk of corneal haze
- Less post-op discomfort
- Treatment of a wider range of nearsightedness
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with LASIK. Complications occur in only about 5% of patients and can include:
- Light sensitivity
- Halos, glare, and starbursts – this occurs if light enters the eye around the edge of the treatment area and can usually be corrected with “touch-up” treatment
- Under-correction or over-correction
- Irregular astigmatism – this occurs if the cornea heals in a wavy configuration
Is LASIK right for you?