Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a surgery that reshapes your cornea to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contacts. Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK vision correction, though. Optometrist Archima Major, OD, and her team at Eye Innovations in Philadelphia and Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, offer LASIK candidacy evaluations to help you decide whether you should pursue this type of vision correction. Request your LASIK evaluation by calling the office nearest you today.
LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure. In LASIK, an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor specializing in advanced eye care and surgery, creates a flap in your cornea. Through that flap, your ophthalmologist uses a laser to reshape your cornea and correct refractive errors.
LASIK is most commonly used as myopia (nearsightedness) correction, but can also correct hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism. LASIK can’t correct presbyopia, which is a near-focus issue associated with aging. If you need to use reading glasses right now, LASIK surgery won’t change that. But, it can eliminate your other glasses or contacts in many cases.
The Eye Innovations team performs LASIK candidacy evaluations to determine whether LASIK is a good fit for you. Some conditions, such as large pupils, keratoconus (cone-shaped corneas), dry eyes, and severe refractive errors, could potentially exclude you from having LASIK surgery.
If LASIK isn’t right for you, another kind of refractive surgery, like photo-refractive keratotomy (PRK), could be a viable alternative. In PRK, your ophthalmologist removes the outer corneal layer, the epithelium, and then reshapes your cornea. The main difference between PRK and LASIK is that PRK is noninvasive because your ophthalmologist doesn’t create a flap in your cornea.
After your exam, the Eye Innovations team advises you of your candidacy for refractive surgery. If you’re a candidate, the team refers you to a trusted local ophthalmologist who can perform the surgery using today’s most advanced procedures and equipment.
After LASIK, you’ll come to Eye Innovations for your follow-up care. Typically, your first follow-up appointment is a day or two after your LASIK surgery.
You’ll be able to see following LASIK surgery, but it could take 2-3 months for your vision to stabilize and become completely clear. Long term, more than 8 in every 10 LASIK patients don’t need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses most of the time after surgery.
Are you wondering whether you can leave glasses and contacts behind you? Find out for sure with a LASIK candidacy evaluation at Eye Innovations. Request your LASIK consultation using the online booking tool or call the office nearest you to make your appointment today.