Our Mt. Pleasant Optometrist Explains LASIK Eye Surgery
As efficient and accurate as corrective lenses can be for routine vision correction, many people wish they could simply have that visual acuity without having to wear glasses or contact lenses all the time. If we just described you, then you're in luck -- because an advanced corneal reshaping procedure known as LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) eye surgery can correct common refractive errors. Here at at the office of H. Arnold Papernick O.D., we can provide the necessary counseling and evaluations to prepare you for this procedure, as well as those all-important follow-up evaluations to help ensure optimal results.
The first thing we like to do when discussing LASIK eye surgery with our patients is explain exactly what the procedure involves. You might be surprised to learn that LASIK is a remarkably quick and painless operation, taking only a few minutes in an eye surgeon's clinic. After administering a local anesthetic to the eye, a special instrument called a microkeratome laser opens a small flap in the tissue that encases the cornea. The eye surgeon then removes a precise amount of corneal tissue to reshape the cornea according to the exact prescription we provide.
LASIK eye surgery can correct the following conditions:
- Myopia (nearsightedness) - Myopia is the result of the cornea having too steep an angle (or the eyeball itself may be elongated). LASIK can make the corneal curve more shallow to compensate.
- Hyperopia (farsightedness) - Hyperopia is the opposite of myopia, with an excessively flat or shallow corneal curve. LASIK eye surgery can deepen the angle of the corneal curve to correct this.
- Astigmatism - The pinpoint accuracy of the laser enables the surgeon to smooth out irregularities in the cornea that produce this refractive error.
Pre-operative and Post-operative Care from Our Mt. Pleasant Optometrist
LASIK eye surgery isn't for everybody, which is one reason it's so important to get a thorough pre-operative evaluation from our Mt. Pleasant optometrist. We can make sure your corneas are thick enough to withstand the tissue loss, and that they have no scars or other signs of trauma (both prerequisites for LASIK). We will also advise you of how to choose a reputable, experienced LASIK specialist who is familiar with your eye condition and prescription, since all eye surgeons are not created equal and a successful outcome hinges heavily on making the right choice.
Many LASIK patients start seeing with renewed clarity within 24 hours of the procedure, but that doesn't mean your journey is over. Dr. Papernick will see you the day after the surgery to examine your eyes and vision, with additional follow-ups at periodic intervals and a comprehensive 1-year exam to evaluate the final results of the procedure.
Contact the office of H. Arnold Papernick O.D. today to discuss pre-operative and post-operative LASIK care and schedule an initial evaluation with an optometrist. You may be able to enjoy crystal-clear vision without corrective lenses!