You have likely heard the term LASIK surgery at least once in your life. This is especially true if you have visited an eye doctor recently. Our optometrists at Granite Pointe Eye provide pre- and post-op care for patients receiving LASIK surgery. Our eye care team in Roseville has gathered a few questions that we run into from our patients regarding LASIK.
What is LASIK Surgery?
The eye doctor uses an excimer laser to gently reshape the cornea of the eye to reduce or eliminate the need for vision correction for certain types of eye disorders. This is most often performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
Who is a Good Candidate For LASIK?
Nearly ninety percent of people seeking this type of treatment are good candidates. At a minimum, you need to be at least eighteen years old and have had a stable prescription for at least a year. Some individuals with certain health problems, such as diabetes, may not be eligible. Your eye doctor will take a complete medical history before making the final decision.
Will I Have Perfect Vision Afterwards?
Nobody can guarantee that your vision will be perfect, but many of those who undergo this procedure find that they no longer need glasses for activities such as reading, watching television, or participating in sports.
Is LASIK Safe?
The risk of complications is less than one percent. The eye doctor will work with you to determine if you are a good candidate before allowing the procedure to take place.
How Much Pain Can I Expect?
Before the procedure, you will be given eye drops to numb your eyes. Some people are also given a mild sedative to reduce their anxiety. You will feel no more than a slight pressure while the LASIK surgery is being performed. Once the procedure is complete and the numbing eye drops wear off, some people may feel mild irritation, like when you have dust in your eye. The eye doctor may prescribe eye drops to ease this mild irritation.
When Can I Resume My Normal Activities?
Most people can see clearly within 24-48 hours after surgery. There will be minimal restrictions during the first couple of weeks, but most activity can return to normal within a day or two.
Get Quality Eye Care in Roseville, CA
If you are considering LASIK to correct your vision issues, our optometrists at Granite Pointe Eye can help by providing pre- and post-op care. We can also answer any questions that you may have regarding the procedure. Call our team today at (916) 797-6747 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.