What is Refractive Surgery or LASIK?
There are many different forms of refractive surgery, the most popular bring LASIK. LASIK eye surgery corrects nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic prescriptions. Many people seek LASIK because they want to see clearly without having to use glasses or contacts. LASIK works by using a laser to reshape the cornea (the clear front part of the eye), therefore focusing light precisely onto the retina so that it produces clear vision.
How can my Optometrist help me if I want LASIK surgery?
Your optometrist is the first person you should talk to if you are interested in LASIK. There are many things to consider before having the surgery and to make sure that you are an ideal candidate for the surgery. Optometrist often collaborate and co-manage patients with the ophthalmologist, who will perform the surgery. In cases of LASIK management, we do the pre-op evaluations to get you ready before surgery and then do the post-op evaluations to make sure you are doing well afterwards. Optometrist can be helpful in this process because we know your ocular history for many years and can often make informed recommendations based on your lifestyle and goals.
Keep in mind that LASIK is not the only refractive surgery option out there and that there are other alternatives that may be right for you. Talk to the Optometrists of Insight Vision Center if you want greater insight about which refractive surgery options are best for you.
What are the advantages of Refractive Eye Surgery?
- Clear vision at distance or near, eliminating the need for glasses or contacts.
- Relatively painless procedure and quick recovery time.
- Vision is corrected nearly immediately and improves within days after the surgery.
- No stitches or bandages needed, very clear surgery.
Some factors to consider if you want LASIK are:
- Is your prescription stable?
- Are you a contact lens wearer?
- What are your motives for the surgery?
- What are your demands at work and at home? Hobbies?
- What age factors would affect the outcome of the surgery?