What’s It Like: To get Lasik surgery

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Why get Lasik?

Anyone who has ever lost a pair of glasses or had a contact lens slip under an eyelid has probably contemplated Lasik surgery.

LASIK stands for Laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. It is a laser surgery in which the cornea is reshaped to improve vision.

To have clear vision, your eye’s cornea and lens must bend light rays properly. This allows images to be focused clearly on the retina. if the shape of your cornea is different from the length of your eye, you will have blurry vision. The cornea is the clear, curved surface at the front of the eye where light enters the eye.

During Lasik, the cornea is reshaped to reduce refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The goal of Lasik is to get you out of your contacts or glasses for the majority of time.

It is important to talk with your doctor about realistic expectations of Lasik.

Most medical insurance will not pay for Lasik. Pricing can vary from doctor to doctor, so it is important to discuss how the doctor performing your surgery charges for Lasik. Lasik quotes are usually provided for each eye individually. Conventional Lasik with a microkeratome flap costs between $1,000 and $2,500 per eye. Custom Wavefront Lasik with an all-laser flap usually ranges between $1,500 and $3,000 per eye. if the price is quoted at a significantly lower rate, there might be a catch. Pricing gimmicks are sometimes used to make Lasik appear more affordable.

Not everyone can get Lasik. if you’re not a good candidate for Lasik, you can talk with your doctor about other corrective surgeries.

Age is one factor that keeps people from getting Lasik. you must be 18 to be considered for Lasik because there aren’t any lasers approved for use on children. if you’re older than 40 and have presbyopia, which is an age-related focus issue, or cataracts, clouding of your eye’s lens, then you might be a better candidate for other surgeries.

If you have severely dry eyes, you might not be a good candidate for Lasik. Also, if you are a boxer, wrestler or cage fighter, Lasik might not be a good option for you because of potential facial injuries.

What happens?

Before you have the surgery, your doctor will educate you on eye health and Lasik. you should thoroughly discuss your medical history with your ophthalmologist to better ensure positive outcomes.

Lasik is an outpatient procedure, so you will go home the same day you have it.

You likely will be given a medication to help you relax, such as Valium. The medical staff might also give you antibiotic eye drops. you will also receive numbing eye drops.

The actual procedure takes about 15 minutes for each eye.

To start the surgery, your doctor will take a device that holds your eye lid open for you.

The doctor will use a laser to cut your cornea and make a flap. Photorefractive keratectomy is a type of laser surgery that doesn’t involve cutting, but the benefits and risks are different from those of Lasik.

Once the flap is made, the eye is centered automatically by the laser. Once the eye is centered, the doctor will send pulses of laser into the eye. These pulses are not hot. you won’t likely feel much while this is taking place, although you might feel some pressure. if you accidentally move your eye out of range, the laser will stop firing.

The doctor will fire pulses of laser over a time period between 10 seconds and two minutes, depending on how much correction is needed. It is not a continuous beam.

The laser will remove small amounts of corneal tissue, following a map of your eye that was created during your initial eye exam.

Once the surgery is complete, the corneal flap is laid back into your eye.

Many people can tell a difference directly after surgery. by the next day, you should see a positive difference in your vision.

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What’s It Like: To get Lasik surgery

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