If you are at this website you are most likely interested in the idea of LASIK eye surgery. Are you tired of contact lenses and the hassles of glasses? Although some glasses definitely look great, there is nothing better than independence from glasses when you want an active lifestyle. Imagine swimming, playing basketball or even reading the newspaper without glasses. LASIK could make this a reality for you.
The success of LASIK eye surgery has been tremendous. Millions of people have stopped using glasses and are spectacle free after LASIK. There have been numerous sports figures and entertainers that have undergone this surgery and now have a glasses-free lifestyle. Brad Pitt, Elton Brand, Lebron James, Jim Rice, Courtney Cox and hundreds other celebrities have undergone LASIK and are seeing great today.
At our Chicago eye care practice, we realize that LASIK surgery on your eyes may be a frightening concept, but it’s actually a highly successful procedure. Read below to get a solid understanding of what happens during LASIK eye surgery.
What is LASIK? What Happens During LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK surgery is the most popular form of refractive eye surgery. It is estimated to account for 95% of the laser vision correction procedures that are performed today. LASIK is a form of outpatient corneal surgery in which an ophthalmic surgeon uses a specialized and precise flap-making instrument, called a microkeratome, to create a thin flap of corneal tissue. This flap is raised and laid back while still attached to the cornea. The eye surgeon then uses a state-of-the-art excimer laser to remove a pre-determined amount of corneal tissue from the exposed bed of the cornea. The amount of tissue to be removed is calculated based on the pre-operative determination of the power of your eye; these measurements are usually in agreement with recent prescriptions for your glasses and/or contact lenses. The flap is replaced and within minutes natural forces hold the flap down on the cornea.
Usually, within a few hours, the surface epithelium of the cornea begins to grow over the cut edge of the flap to seal it into position. LASIK can be used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
US FDA Outcomes After LASIK Surgery: US FDA Clinical study results show that, following Lasik surgery with the Bausch and Lomb 217 laser, 99.7% of patients see 20/40 or better* without glasses or contact lenses. 20/40 is the legal requirement for being able to drive without correction.
LASIK Improves One’s Life
- 94 percent of patients agree that LASIK has improved their lives.
- 40 percent of patients have noticed an improvement in their social lives.
- 40 percent of patients cite the convenience of not having to worry about caring for their eyewear as one of their top three motivating factors in their decision.
- 35 percent of patients believe that LASIK has improved their work life.
- 90 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with its effects on their vision.
Understanding Your LASIK Candidacy
There is perhaps nothing more important in the LASIK eye surgery process than determining your candidacy. If you are familiar with someone who has not had a good result the problems typically stem from poor judgment of candidacy. The candidacy process begins with a thorough eye health evaluation to check the overall health of your eye as well as the corneal thickness.
Prior to LASIK surgery, you will be invited to our Chicago LASIK center for a complete eye health examination known as your pre-operative LASIK eye exam. During this process, we will perform series of diagnostic test to make sure your eyes are suitable for LASIK surgery. Please feel free to ask our LASIK surgeon about some of our unique diagnostic equipment. If it is determined that you are a candidate our office will help you schedule your LASIK eye surgery and provide you with a thorough list of surgery day details.
During your initial free LASIK screening, we will thoroughly examine your eyes and perform comprehensive testing to make sure that LASIK eye surgery is the right procedure for you.
A medical and eye history will be taken and several tests will be performed, including:
- Dry eye testing
- Visual acuity and refractive error
- Screening Visual Field
- Pupil size in low & medium light
- Ocular pressure
- General health of the eyes
- Corneal topography & Corneal thickness
After LASIK Surgery
After LASIK surgery is complete, the corneal flap is put back in place. This flap will naturally adhere to the treated cornea, eliminating the need for sutures. Pressure from the eyelid and other factors will hold the flap in place as it heals, minimizing discomfort. The center of the cornea is now flattened, allowing light rays to be focused more precisely on the retina and images will be seen more sharply. Most LASIK patients notice a dramatic improvement in their vision immediately after the procedure. However, maximum improvement will occur over the next three to four weeks. Both antibiotic drops and steroid drops will be used for a period of two weeks following LASIK surgery to ensure proper healing. Artificial tears will also be used abundantly to help keep the cornea smooth and moist during the healing period. Oak Lawn, Chicago LASIK post-operative instructions available.
Follow-Up after LASIK
The final outcome and speed of healing of the LASIK procedure are directly related to the care that is taken from the cornea after the procedure. It is very important to keep all postoperative appointments with your doctor.
The recommended exam dates following LASIK are:
- One Day
- One Week
- One Month
- Three Months
- One Year
Following LASIK surgery, patients usually experience a rapid recovery due to the fact that only a tiny portion of the eye is actually operated on. Most of our patients are able to drive themselves back to our facility the day following their surgery to meet with the doctors for their follow-up appointment. Because of its efficiency and effectiveness.
If you live in Chicago and would like more information on Chicago LASIK surgery, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary evaluation, please contact our Chicago LASIK center today. We aim to provide our patients with affordable LASIK options and therefore provide a number of ways to keep the LASIK cost reasonable. Call us today for more information or feel free to complete our LASIK self-evaluation test.