LASIK for Improved Eyesight and Quality of Life
The experienced doctors at Broberg Eye Care can provide you with an exceptional LASIK procedure to help you see the world with crystal clear vision. LASIK, which stands for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis,” modifies your corneal shape to permanently improve your vision. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey Settle, Dr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra utilize advanced, effective technology to safely perform your LASIK procedure. Contact our office today to learn more about LASIK and schedule a consultation at our Austin, TX practice. In the meantime, read answers to frequently asked questions about the treatment.
Are You a LASIK Candidate?
The shape of the cornea plays a significant role in the quality of your vision; light must travel through the cornea to reach the retina, which transmits light information to your optic nerve. If your cornea is irregularly shaped, light refracts at the wrong angles, distorting your vision. Patients with corneas that are overly curved have myopia, or nearsightedness, a condition in which patients can see objects up close but not at a distance. In contrast, patients with corneas that are overly flat have hyperopia, or farsightedness, in which patients can see objects clearly at a distance but not up close. When the cornea is shaped more like a football, rather than its ideal round shape, the patient has astigmatism, which can cause blurry vision at all distances. LASIK permanently alters the shape of the cornea to produce clear vision in patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
To be a good candidate for LASIK surgery, you should:
- Have a consistent glasses or contacts prescription
- Have mild to moderate myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism
- Be 18 or older
- Be in good ocular health, without bacterial infection, high intraocular pressure, or dryness
- Be able to heal properly from surgery and undergo anesthesia
- Not be pregnant or nursing, since hormonal shifts can change your eye shape
- Have small or average sized pupils, since patients with larger pupils are more likely to experience light sensitivity as a side effect of LASIK
- Have a thick enough cornea for the procedure, since your surgeon will need to modify this part of your eye to correct your vision (patients with thinner corneas might opt for PRK instead)
In the weeks and days leading up to your procedure, you will be given a set of simple pre-operative instructions to follow. On the day of your procedure you may first be given local anesthesia (using topical eye drops). The procedure typically takes less than half an hour to complete. Once you are sufficiently numb, your surgeon will create a flap of tissue that he will then lift and open. Some ophthalmologists use a thin microkeratome blade to complete this step, but we use a femtosecond laser to perform blade-free iLASIK. Your surgeon will then modify the stroma, the underlying tissue beneath the cornea, using an excimer laser. Finally, your surgeon will put the flap back in place, where it will reattach to the rest of the cornea as it heals.
Over the next few weeks, you will recover from your LASIK surgery. While most patients will notice some improvement in vision directly after surgery, full results can take up to three months.
LASIK is the most popular refractive error surgery because it offers many benefits for patients. These typically include:
- Clearer vision with less or no need for glasses or contact lenses
- Short treatment time
- A quick recovery, as most patients notice an improvement in their vision and return to work within a few days
- Improved self-esteem
- The ability to engage in more professional and recreational activities, unhindered by visual aids
- Minimal discomfort during and after surgery
- The cost of LASIK surgery reduces the need for glasses, contact lenses, cleaning solutions, and optometric care
Experience Improved Vision
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.