LASIK eye surgery was initially approved by the FDA in 1999. Since that time, more than 10 million Americans have undergone this procedure. From the very beginning, LASIK offered unique benefits. From being an advanced and convenient procedure to achieving highly-satisfactory results, LASIK gives us a lot to appreciate. Here, we discuss what LASIK is and what you can expect from this corrective surgery.
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. The term keratomileusis comes from the Greek words for “cornea” and “to carve.” Before you jump to the conclusion that this sounds barbaric, consider how far corneal surgery has come over the years. Early corneal lamellar surgery to correct refractive error was completely surgeon controlled and without the use of sophisticated instruments. The use of an excimer laser has significantly improved the entire treatment process.
To determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK, Dr. Croley performs a thorough eye exam. During this initial consultation, the thickness and shape of your corneas are evaluated. Additionally, you are screened for the type of refractive error or errors you have, the potential for dry eye, and general eye health.
The LASIK procedure is completed in less than thirty minutes. Each eye takes only about 10 minutes thanks to the precision of the excimer laser. During the procedure, comfort is sustained by numbing eye drops that are inserted just before we begin. These medicated drops eliminate feeling on the eye for the duration of the procedure and for several minutes afterward. A mild sedative may also be given to help you relax. A lid speculum is inserted to keep your eyelid open.
To correct your refractive error, Dr. Croley uses the laser to make a small flap in your cornea. The corneal surface is then reshaped by the laser according to computer data outlining your vision prescription.
Following LASIK, you will rest for a short time in the office. A brief evaluation is conducted and then a loved-one can take you home. During the first several hours of recovery, you may experience slight burning or itching. Your eyes may feel slightly sore and your vision may seem fuzzy. By the morning after LASIK, you can expect to feel and see much better. Over the next few days, the corrections made during surgery become evident.
Have you been wondering about LASIK? Get the full details from an experienced provider. Call (352) 237-8400 to schedule your consultation in our Ocala office.