LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a very popular refractive surgery. Thousands of people undergo LASIK surgery each day, and it is only increasing in popularity as new advances are made. This procedure is quick, safe, painless, and best of all, extremely effective.
LASIK surgery has been improving sight for many years now and is the most common form of laser vision correction today. It has a very high success rate and few possible complications.
How is LASIK surgery performed?
LASIK surgery at Westlake Eye in Austin is performed by the creation of a flap on the surface of the cornea, exposing the interior layers of the cornea to be reshaped. This can be done with an instrument called a microkeratome (a precise blade) or with the use of a laser. In either case, once the corneal flap is created, the surgeon can then reshape the inner layers of the cornea. When the cornea is reshaped to the correct specifications, light is then reflected properly onto the retina, causing sharper vision.
At Westlake Eye in Kyle, TX, we find that recovery time with LASIK is fast and virtually painless. Most people are able to go back to work the next day! After surgery, the patient is prescribed medicated drops for a period of time. The most common side effect of LASIK surgery is the feeling of dry eyes, which will subside and can be managed with the addition of lubricating eye drops.
Patients decide to have LASIK for a number of reasons. Some don’t like the way they look with glasses on; some are tired of the hassle of contact lenses. Some want to continue their active lifestyle uninterrupted by glasses or contact lens maintenance! Take your first step towards hassle-free vision and contact us about our LASIK surgery services today!
Traditional LASIK has always been considered safe, but with modern advances, we are now able to provide an even safer method of LASIK. Replacing the instrument used in traditional LASIK, and excimer laser is used to create the “corneal flap” needed to complete LASIK surgery. The laser is fast and effective, and computer-guided, which leaves less room for human error.
Bladeless LASIK is the method used during the majority of LASIK procedures today. It requires no blade incisions, dilation or laser tracks on the natural pupil, and also conserves tissue by minimizing treatment time. This leads to less discomfort and a speedy recovery. Our patients at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin have reported great results with bladeless LASIK!
Bladeless LASIK patients at Westlake Eye in Austin generally report better outcomes, including clearer vision in low light, such as when driving at night. This is because the excimer laser is extremely precise, and leaves a smoother surface after the flap is created. The blade used during traditional LASIK surgery can leave a rougher surface, which can affect postoperative vision.
Not everyone is a candidate for bladeless LASIK surgery. Generally, you would need to have had a stable prescription for a year, and be relatively healthy, no eye infections or injuries. We cannot perform LASIK surgery on patients younger than 18 years of age. You must have astigmatism, farsightedness or nearsightedness.
We can’t tell you with any certainty if you are a good candidate for LASIK without first examining your eyes. Before any LASIK procedure, you must go through a comprehensive eye exam and consultation. Our doctors at Westlake Eye Specialists will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for bladeless LASIK.
If you are tired of wearing glasses or contacts and want improved vision, LASIK surgery could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Make an appointment with Westlake Eye Specialists for a LASIK consultation in Austin or Kyle today!