Do You Know These 4 LASIK Facts?

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Did you know that LASIK became FDA approved in the 1990s? Since its start, LASIK surgery has proven itself to be reliable, safe, and effective.

Even though it’s an effective procedure, it’s natural to have questions about LASIK. Deciding to have LASIK is a big deal and shouldn’t be made lightly.

Before you agree to the procedure, you should feel comfortable. You should feel like you know what to expect from start to finish.

You may have questions or you may be unsure of what it’s like. Keep reading for 4 LASIK facts that will help quell your fears!

LASIK Corrects Astigmatism, Farsightedness, and Nearsightedness!

Yes, LASIK can correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and nearsightedness! There are patients with stronger prescriptions who may not be right for LASIK. But for most people, LASIK can correct their refractive errors.

How is this done? How can one surgery correct three different types of refractive errors?

The simple answer is that LASIK corrects vision by reshaping the cornea. Reshaping the cornea allows light to focus on the cornea.

When light doesn’t focus as it should, the image you see becomes skewed. After the cornea reshaping, a flap gets created and a small amount of corneal tissue is then removed. This is what corrects refractive errors and results in clear vision.

You Won’t Go Blind After Having LASIK

People love to listen to urban legends, including that LASIK makes you go blind. It’s not true! Since its FDA approval in the nineties, LASIK has continued evolving.

The procedure is now only performed with lasers. This minimizes any chance of human error. LASIK was performed with blades, which increased the recovery time. The procedure also has very few complications and risks to worry about.

Only a small, targeted amount of tissue on the cornea is ever removed from your eye during LASIK. After LASIK, your eyes may feel irritated.

They might be dry while they continue healing and recovering. If you feel like there’s something wrong, tell your eye doctor. It’s rare but possible.

LASIK Isn’t Painful

Nothing about having lasers cutting into your eye sounds like it would be painless. But thanks to numbing eye drops administered before LASIK, it’s a painless procedure!

Once the eye drops kick in, you won’t feel a thing. The worst thing you might feel is a slight amount of pressure when the flap is being created on each eye.

This is usually over after only a few seconds. The whole procedure only takes about 15 minutes per eye. You might feel some discomfort once the numbing eye drops wear off a few hours later. If this happens, you can take ibuprofen and rest your eyes.

LASIK Only Takes About 15 Minutes Per Eye!

Did we mention the amazing fact that LASIK only takes about 15 minutes per eye? It’s a fact worth repeating!

With both eyes, the procedure usually takes about half an hour. After the procedure, you’ll need to rest for a few minutes. Then, you can go home!

Keep in mind you’ll need to have someone drive you home since you can’t drive after LASIK.

Wondering if you could be a good candidate for this life-changing procedure? Contact Ginsberg Eye in Naples, Florida to schedule a LASIK consultation today!