LASIK surgery is laser eye surgery. It is designed to correct certain visual impairments, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and severe astigmatisms. It has a 96 percent success rate and has been approved by the FDA since 1996. It is considered very safe and effective. However, a small portion of individuals that receive LASIK surgery do experience some complications. Therefore, it is very important to talk to one of our eye doctors in Texas to make sure you are a good candidate.
Benefits of LASIK Surgery
- 96 Percent Effective
- No Stiches
- Noticeable Vision Correction as soon as the Next Day
- Reduced Need for Glasses or Contacts
LASIK Surgery Procedure and Safety
LASIK eye surgery is described as quick and painless, and for the most part, this is true. Numbing drops are placed into your eyes prior to the procedure, and the eye surgery only takes about 30 minutes. During your surgery, our eye doctor will create a flap in your cornea and fold the flap away from your eye. Then, small amounts of tissue will be removed from the remainder of the cornea, according to your prescription. At the end of the surgery, our eye doctor will fold the flap back over your eye. No stitches are needed because the flap seals immediately against the surgery site.
After your surgery, you will be given drops to help keep your eyes lubricated and to prevent infection while the flap fully heals. Some people noticed a dramatic increase in their vision the day after surgery, but for most people, it will take a few days to notice an improvement. Our eye doctor will also schedule you for a follow-up a few days after the procedure to make sure you are not experiencing any complications.
Risk Factors for LASIK Surgery
It is important to understand that LASIK is a surgery, and all surgeries come with some risks. Complications with LASIK surgery occur in less than 1 percent of patients, and often the complications are easily corrected with antibiotic or lubricating drops. In rare instances, corrective procedures may be needed. Individuals with any of these symptoms should call our eye doctor immediately even is a follow-up appointment is scheduled.
- Dry Eye That Lasts for More than a few Days
- Eye Pain
- Glare or Halo Problems
- Periodic Blurry Vision
- Problems with the Flap
- Reduced Night Vision