What is LASIK eye surgery?
One of the most requested elective eye surgeries, LASIK (Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis) can transform your vision from blurry to clear–without the use of corrective eyewear. LASIK treats the main refractive disorders: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
How does LASIK work?
The cornea–the transparent layer that covers the iris and the pupil–controls and focuses light as it enters the eye; this enables the brain to accurately process an image. Refractive errors occur due to an irregularly shaped cornea, which diminishes the eye’s ability to focus light. LASIK corrects the curvature of the cornea so that a clear image is consistently processed
LASIK: Results, Recovery & Advantages
In general, patients who undergo LASIK see an immediate improvement in vision. The initial healing process is rapid and most people can return to work or their normal activities within a day or two. As the eyes continue to heal and adjust in the weeks following LASIK, some vision fluctuations may occur. Some of the common post-surgical side effects include tearing, blurry vision, and an itching sensation in the eyes.
The freedom to enjoy everyday activities without corrective eyewear is a main reason patients opt for LASIK. A LASIK treatment can:
- Eliminate the need for glasses. After LASIK, a high percentage (95-98% ) of patients do not need glasses or contacts to see clearly.
- Permanently correct refractive errors. A LASIK procedure actually changes the shape of the cornea. Because the correction is an anatomical one, the results are permanent. As the eye ages, the cornea may change shape. However, this natural, progressive change and another correction would not be required for years to come.
Are you the right candidate for LASIK?
LASIK is considered a safe and effective vision correction procedure. You may be an ideal candidate if you have:
- a healthy cornea
- stable vision (that is, the same prescription for over 1 year)
- no history of eye disease and no active eye infections
If you have certain anatomical abnormalities (corneal scarring or an irregular corneal surface) or a medical condition that inhibits the eyes’ healing ability, you may not be a good candidate for LASIK.
LASIK Consultation at Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach, CA
The eye doctors at Beach Eye Medical Group in Orange County are LASIK specialists and can determine if the procedure is appropriate for you. Contact our office to schedule your comprehensive consultation with Dr. Semaan.