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.
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! Whatever the reason, patients find that LASIK helps them to live more hassle-free lives.