Lasik Procedure

Lasik is an ambulatory type of procedure, where the patient walks in the surgery department, has the procedure and requires no hospital stay. Lasik Procedure

The actual procedure generally takes less than 5 minutes, and the person remains awake. Sometimes, the surgeon gives to the person an oral mild sedative beforehand. However, Lasik surgery is quick and this procedure is extremely delicate and it is important to be performed by a highly skilled surgeon with proper instrument.

The person  must also have somebody to accompany to bring to the surgery center and drive her or him home after the procedure. Before the patient’s Lasik procedure starts, numbing eyes drops are given to the person  so, he or she will not experience any discomfort. The surgeon will ask the patient to lie down, then makes sure the patient’s eye is positioned exactly under the laser. Only 1 eye can be operated on at a time.

A Retainer Kind is inserted under person’s eyelids to keep them open-commonly. The surgeon uses an ink marker to mark the cornea before the flap has been created. After that, the flap is created with femtosecond  laser or microkeratome. Such device is safely attached to the patient’s cornea by using a suction ring to prevent contact loss or eye movement that could affect quality of flap.

At the time of Lasik procedure, the person will not see the flap’s creation that is extremely thin. The doctor uses a computer to adjust the laser, called Eximer for patient’s specific prescription. The surgeon asks the person to look at a target light for a short period of time while she or he watches patient’s eye through a microscope as laser is sending light pulses to the individual’s cornea. The pulses of the laser’s light are painless and reshape the cornea. The person hearing a steady clicking sounds while the laser operates. The patient can smell a mild odor at the time of laser treatment, which is common in people. The higher the person’s prescription is, the more time surgery takes. A doctor has full laser control and may turn this laser at anytime. After the Lasik procedure is completed, the patient rests for a while. If an individual has both eyes done at the same day, a doctor usually will start work on patient’s 2nd eye promptly after procedure treatment on the 1st eye is finished.

Some patients prefer to have their 2nd eye lasik done one week later. The surgeon prescribes appropriate medication for any postsurgery pain, but many individuals experience no more than slight discomfort after the Lasik procedure. This procedure has advance over PRK, which may result in significant discomfort of the eye for a several days.

As with any surgery, it is very important for the person to follow surgeon’s written instructions. The patient will need proper rest, use prescribed drugs and call to doctor if any problems appear. The person is able to go work the next day after lasik procedure, but many surgeons recommend 2 days of the rest. They also advice to not to do strenuous exercises for a week or more, since it may affect the healing process and traumatize the eye.

Lasik outcomes may vary. Most patients achieve 20/20 or more vision with lasik procedure. Some people can achieve 20/40 which is fairly good. In many states the law suggests it is good enough to drive. Some people still will need contact lenses or glasses after laser correction of vision, though, their prescribed level usually is much lower than before the lasik procedure. Postsurgery Lasik complications may include night glare or infection. In rare cases, the patients experience clear vision after Lasik, then they notice  regression (a gradual eyesight worsening over time). In this case, the person should discuss with surgeon to decide if more surgery (touch up or enhancement) is needed.

Even if a person’s vision is perfect after laser procedure, he or she may still require reading glasses or bifocal contact lenses after age of 40. It is because of a condition known as Presbyopia that is normal age-related vision loss. The distance vision might remain crisp, but to see close may be more difficult.  If the person got eye injury after Lasik, he or she need contact a personal injury lawyer who specialize in medical lawsuits.

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One Response to “Lasik Procedure”

  1. advanced laser Says:

    Great information! Intralase Lasik procedures have been proven to be more beneficial than then normal Lasik surgery. It is more accurate because the use of the laser is more precise, it is more comfortable for the patient, and has a higher probability of correction.

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