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Common LASIK Questions

Below are some common questions about laser vision correction procedures:

Is Laser Vision Correction right for me?

If you’re over 18 years of age and suffer from astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, tired of contact lenses and glasses, and your prescription has not changed for more than a year, you may be a great candidate for laser vision correction at Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Center.

What is Laser Vision Correction?

Laser Vision Correction involves use of an Excimer Laser to reshape the front surface of the eye, which allows images to focus sharply on the retina. The laser emits pulses of cool ultraviolet light to remove microns (small amounts) of tissue from the cornea. Examples of a laser vision correction procedures include LASIK and PRK.

What are the risks?

There are no surgical procedures that are completely safe. Long term sight problems are exceedingly rare. Your Ellis Eye doctor will consult with you and review the potential risks and benefits in great detail so you can make an informed decision before the procedure.  LASIK has been performed around the world for more than 20 years. Medical university studies show that LASIK is a safe, effective, and resilient treatment.

Is laser Vision Correction permanent?

Yes. Laser vision correction results in a permanent change to the shape of the cornea and the way the eye focuses light. However, LASIK will not prevent age-related conditions such as presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) or cataracts. These conditions would still be treated in their normal manner.

How long does Laser Vision Correction take? 

Depending on the procedure, laser vision correction takes around 10 minutes per eye. A patient should plan to be at the office for about an hour to hour and a half on the day of the procedure, with the procedure itself lasting about 15 minutes for both eyes.

Can I see the procedure being performed? 

Patients are not put under anesthesia, so they are awake, but relaxed, during the procedure. Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Center patients do not see what is taking place due to clouded vision from the procedure itself.

Does Laser Vision Correction hurt? 

Most patients find LASIK as pain free. Some people describe pressure around the eyes during the procedure. Eye drops that numb the area are applied so the patient is comfortable and an oral medication is prescribed to relax on the day of the procedure. Post-operatively, people sometimes complain of dehydration or scratching which rapidly resolves with healing.

Am I a candidate for LASIK?

Patient must:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have necessary amount of corneal thickness
  • Have had a stable prescription for your eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • Have prescription within the treatable parameters
  • Not have an dry eye syndrome

I want Laser Vision Correction, What is the next step?

Give yourself a better view of the world! Trust your vision to the experienced hands of our surgical staff at Ellis Eye and Medical Laser Medical Center. Schedule your consultation today!

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