Have some questions about LASIK eye surgery procedures? You’re not alone, and the good news is that there’s plenty of useful information available. This LASIK FAQ article covers the basics of some of the most common LASIK questions, and touches on topics that you may want to discuss in detail with your LASIK surgeon.
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Most Common LASIK Eye Surgery Questions
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK eye surgery is a medical procedure designed to address common vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Laser eye surgery technology creates an advanced, detailed map of the eye, and the actual LASIK procedure only takes a few minutes. The procedure relies on an excimer laser, which gently reshapes the cornea to correct common vision problems. LASIK is a very popular procedure, and you can find qualified LASIK surgeons at your local TLC Laser Eye Center.
How long does LASIK take, and what is the procedure like?
LASIK only takes about 15 minutes for both eyes, and the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. That means you get to go home the same day, but you will want to arrange for a ride after the procedure. During LASIK, your surgeon will apply anesthetic eye drops to minimize discomfort, and afterward you will receive protective eye-wear and prescription eye drops to help with healing.
What is the recovery period after LASIK eye surgery?
While every individual is unique, the recovery period after LASIK is typically quite brief, and you’ll have a series of follow-up visits throughout the process to review your progress with your LASIK surgeon. It doesn’t take long to start noticing improved vision, and your LASIK surgeon will be able to provide advice on when you can resume your favorite activities after surgery.
What are the benefits of LASIK surgery?
There are many benefits of laser eye surgery! One benefit is the freedom of relying less on glasses and/or contacts. While nobody can promise that you’ll never have to wear glasses or contacts again, many LASIK patients enjoy the benefits of LASIK and those lifestyle freedoms. It’s important to note, LASIK is a medical procedure and there could be risks involved. It’s best to schedule a free consultation to speak to your surgeon about both the benefits and potential risks.
How do I know if LASIK is right for me?
If you’re wondering whether LASIK is the right fit for your needs, speaking with a LASIK surgeon is a great way to learn more. Your surgeon can help determine your candidacy, provide a unique treatment plan based on your prescription, and answer any questions you may have about the procedure. If you’re over 18 years of age, in good overall health, and have a steady vision prescription for at least one year, then you’re off to a great start.
How do I find a LASIK surgeon close to where I live?
TLC Laser Eye Centers are conveniently located in United States and Canada! A great way to get started is scheduling a free LASIK consultation to learn more. Book your consultation online, it only takes a few minutes!
While we’ve covered some of the basics here, we know that you may have more specific questions about LASIK eye surgery and how it fits your needs. You can visit our LASIK surgery page to learn more, or schedule your free consultation to get detailed, personalized answers to your questions from a LASIK specialist.