FAQ about LASIK surgery

A lot of people see LASIK refractive surgery as a cosmetic procedure. However, it is a surgery and it does a permanent change to the shape of your cornea (front, clear part of your eye). If you are considering LASIK you may have a number of questions that you want to ask your eye doctor. This is a list of most commonly frequently asked questions here for you! Is it safe? LASIK is proven to be very safe and effective. Many safeguards are in place to reduce the risk of error. Multiple tests are done before LASIK to make sure that the eye is healthy and the procedure will be safe. With the advanced diagnostic technology in ophthalmology, the risk of minor complication such as dry eyes and nighttime glare is around 3 percent to 5 percent, while the risk of serious incidents such as lost vision is thought to be less than 1 percent. There are no known cases of blindness from LASIK or PRK. Does laser vision correction hurt? The procedure itself is not painful. Your surgeon will place an anesthetic eye drops in your eye first. Your eye will be held open by a special instrument to prevent you from blinking. That is not painful, but may be uncomfortable just because we don’t want anyone to pull our eyelids open. Afterward, you may fee mild discomfort for a day or so after surgery. Most of our patient do not complain of any pain next day after the procedure. How long does LASIK take? The laser treatment itself usually takes less than a minute. It actually depends on your pre-op refraction and on the level of astigmatism, if present. If we take into consideration the time to position the patient, make sure that everything is correct and the laser is well programmed,  removing the flap and cleaning up the surface of the eye, we can say that, the entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes for both eyes. When may I resume driving? You may begin driving as soon as you see well enough, excluding the day of surgery. When can I wear make up? You may resume wearing […]