Refractive eye surgery is performed with a series of lasers to reshape the cornea and improve how light enters and focuses in the eye. LASIK is one type of refractive surgery that can correct an array of vision problems, and has improved the quality of life for countless individuals. The procedure is safe and effective, making it a top choice among both doctors and patients. Dr. Chen at Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons in West Nyack and Garnerville, NY has extensive training and experience in refractive LASIK surgery and can perform the procedure to improve your vision.
What Conditions Can LASIK Treat?
LASIK can treat some of the most common vision impairments, including:
- Myopia, or nearsightedness
- Hyperopia, or farsightedness
With LASIK, most patients can achieve 20/40 vision or better.
What Can I Expect During My Consultation?
Prior to undergoing vision correction surgery, our doctors will first evaluate your ocular health and needs. We will perform a comprehensive eye exam, including tests to evaluate your eye health. These tests will alert us to any issues that might preclude you from undergoing LASIK. We use advanced technology to measure your corneal thickness, internal curvature, the size of your pupils, the intensity of your astigmatism, and more. During this appointment, we will also discuss the overall cost of your surgery.
How is LASIK Surgery Performed?
LASIK is a quick, safe procedure performed on an outpatient basis. To ensure your comfort, we will first provide anesthetic eyedrops. Once you are ready, the surgeon will use a laser to create a flap in your cornea. Your doctor will then gently move the flap to expose the underlying corneal tissue. Using advanced lasers, we can then reshape the cornea using conservative, precise techniques. After altering the cornea to exact corrective measurements, the flap is placed back in its original position.
The flap will heal on its own, eliminating the need for a bandage or sutures. You will probably experience blurred vision for the first day or so. Within about two days you should notice marked improvement in your vision. Until the flap heals, you will need to limit your activities and wear a protective shield while sleeping, a period which can take one to two weeks. Once your eye has fully healed, you can return to your normal activities.
It can take weeks to fully recovery after PRK surgery. With LASIK, it takes just a few days.
What are the Benefits of LASIK Over Other Options?
In some cases, LASIK may not completely eliminate your need for contacts or glasses, but it can reduce your dependence on them. Most patients will only require corrective lenses for up close or detailed work. Compared with other vision correction procedures, such as PRK, the primary benefit is a shortened recovery time. It can take weeks to fully recovery after PRK surgery. With LASIK, it takes just a few days.
Is LASIK Right for Me?
LASIK is not necessarily suitable for every patient. The only way to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for LASIK is to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. You can also take a self-evaluation on our website and have the results sent directly to our doctors. If you are ready for a consultation, call our office at (845) 947-2240 or contact us online today.