What to Know About the LASIK Procedure and Our Self-Test

As LASIK is a very popular treatment for clear vision today, you are probably somewhat familiar with this procedure. If you are considering LASIK but still have questions, we have answers! Read on to learn more about LASIK and our Self-Test to determine if this is the treatment for you.

What is LASIK?

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery is the most commonly performed laser refractive surgery performed today to correct vision issues.

During this procedure, a special type of laser is used to change the shape of the cornea. In an eye with normal vision, the cornea bends light onto the retina at the back of the eye. With those with astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness, the light is not bent correctly, which leads to blurry vision. While glasses and contacts can correct vision, reshaping the cornea with LASIK provides a long-term solution.

What to Expect During the LASIK Procedure

LASIK eye surgery can be performed at an outpatient surgery center or an ophthalmologist’s office. To ensure your comfort during this procedure, you may be given medicine to help you relax. Numbing drops will be placed in your eye, and your doctor will use a special instrument to hold your eyelids open.

A suction ring will be placed onto your eye and then the corneal flap is skillfully cut. This will not hurt, and most people just feel a small amount of pressure. The cornea is then reshaped using a programmed laser, and the flap is then put back into place.

This entire process is quite quick, as each eye can take only 5 minutes to complete!

What to Expect After LASIK

Right after your LASIK surgery, your eye may feel gritty, itchy, or watery. You may also have blurry vision; however, this is temporary. Your doctor may give you pain medication and/or eye drops to help keep you comfortable after your procedure. While you will be able to see after surgery, it can take up to a few days for your vision to become clear. Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding resuming physical activity.

Take Our LASIK Self-Test

Our LASIK Self-Test is a great way to determine if LASIK is right for your vision goals. During this quick test, you will answer questions regarding the state of your vision without glasses or contacts, if you wear contacts or glasses, your health history, and how living without contacts or glasses would improve your life.

Schedule an Appointment

Are you ready for clear vision without contacts of lenses? To learn more about LASIK, please contact 617-202-3491 to schedule a consultation appointment. Our skilled team of doctors will create a personalized treatment plan for you.