Are you thinking about having LASIK? Are you worried that your LASIK surgeon may make a mistake during the procedure?
One reason patients are hesitant about LASIK is that they have worries about it. Some are worried that it will hurt and others may think a mistake will be made. Keep reading to learn more about LASIK and what makes it so precise!
How do I prepare for LASIK?
To begin with, your doctor will review the entire procedure with you. They want you to be as comfortable as possible during surgery.
If you have any questions, please ask them! Write questions down as you think of them, so you don’t forget.
You’ll have a LASIK consultation. During this consultation, they will review your medical history, examine your eyes, and discuss medications you take.
They want to make sure that the procedure is appropriate for your health and vision. Additionally, they will run different tests.
These tests involve looking at the corneal thickness, refraction, eye pressure, pupil dilation, and corneal mapping. Evaluating these traits helps your doctor perform the procedure as accurately as possible.
What happens during LASIK?
Before the procedure starts, you will receive anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes. You are awake during surgery.
Then, your doctor will use a tool called a speculum to hold your eyelids back. Once your eyes are numb, your doctor will use a laser to make a thin flap in the cornea.
The flap is carefully pulled back and the rest of your cornea is then reshaped with another laser. After reshaping the cornea, the flap is carefully put back into place.
There are no stitches or bandages necessary with LASIK since the flap heals on its own. LASIK takes about 10 – 15 minutes per eye.
Why are the results from LASIK so precise?
LASIK is one of the most precise and safest surgeries available. LASIK is what’s known as a refractive procedure.
It’s performed as a bladeless surgery using an excimer laser and a femtosecond laser. Using lasers instead of blades creates another level of precision and safety.
Some LASIK centers and surgeons do not perform the procedure bladeless. They use a microkeratome to create the flap.
But, at South Texas Eye Institute, we use a bladeless system called IntraLase. This allows us to perform custom LASIK surgery.
IntraLase combines bladeless technology and wavefront technology. It uses WaveScan 3-D mapping and the VISX STAR S4 laser.
This combination of advanced technology is why LASIK provides precise and amazing results. Patients with refractive errors can live a life of visual freedom after LASIK.
When selecting a LASIK surgeon, it is important to ask about the type of technology they use. Procedures performed with advanced technology have less room for error. For patients, this leads to better results.
Are you ready to find out if LASIK could be the right procedure for you? Schedule a LASIK consultation at South Texas Eye Institute in San Antonio, TX and make visual freedom a priority!
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