What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” – a mouthful that basically means laser eye surgery that reshapes the cornea. During this procedure, a thin flap is created in the front of your eye that is lifted away from your eye to allow access to the cornea. An invisible laser then re-shapes this part of the eye, after which the flap will be replaced and will heal over time.
People who don’t have 20/20 vision are either nearsighted or farsighted. In both cases, the light that enters one or both eyes doesn’t focus exactly in the right place on the retina, the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye. By adjusting the shape of the domed cornea, LASIK changes how light is bent in your eye, getting it as close to perfect vision as possible.
Who is Eligible for LASIK?
If you don’t have perfect vision, whether or not you use corrective lenses, are in good overall health, and are over the age of 18, you are likely a good candidate for LASIK in Boston, MA. Before scheduling a date for the procedure, our ophthalmologists will give you a thorough examination to ensure you’re eligible for the procedure. The exam includes an eye test, medical history, and precise measurements of your eyes.
LASIK can be performed on one or both eyes depending on your needs and goals. There are multiple types of technology that can be used to achieve perfect vision in those without it, and our doctors will explain why they recommend one device or procedure over another during your personal consultation.
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Results and Recovery from LASIK
Immediately after your LASIK procedure, treated eyes will feel itchy, burning, and likely watery. Because of this, your vision will likely be blurry, although this is not an indication that the procedure didn’t work. There’s rarely significant pain involved, and you’ll have medicated eye drops to help your eyes heal. The total downtime associated with this is only a few days, especially if your job involves staring at a computer for many hours a day.
Full healing and results will take up to two to three months as the treated eyes stabilize. During this time, you’ll make repeated visits to Boston Vision to ensure your healing is progressing as intended. Not everyone is able to achieve perfect 20/20 vision with LASIK, although it is almost always able to get 20/25 vision or better. Because of this, most patients no longer need to wear their corrective lenses once they’ve fully recovered.
Meet Our Doctors
The LASIK surgeons at Boston Vision have 20+ years of experience providing innovative eye care procedures to patients of the Boston community. We’re dedicated to quality care for LASIK candidates and patients of all ages.
Because Your Best Vision Is Boston Vision
Ditch your glasses or contacts for good with LASIK vision correction surgery. The procedure is quick and the recovery is easy and its results are permanent. Learn more and find out if you’re an ideal candidate by scheduling a consultation at Boston Vision. Get the conversation started by calling one of our offices or contact us online today.