4 Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK
If you’re considering getting LASIK, you probably have a million questions! After all, this is an elective procedure dealing with your eyes. Your vision is precious and a vital part of how you experience the world. Keep reading to learn four frequently asked questions that come up about LASIK!
Does LASIK Hurt?
When it comes to surgery, especially on your eyes, the first question on people’s minds is pain. With LASIK, you’ll feel no pain thanks to numbing eye drops. These eye drops temporarily numb your eyes so you don’t feel anything during LASIK. A couple of hours after the procedure, the drops will wear off. Your eyes may feel more sensitive to light, but any discomfort should go away in a day or two. After LASIK, your eyes may appear bloodshot or red. Make sure to take the prescription eye drops that are given to you to prevent infection and complications. If your eyes are really bothering you, try storing your eye drops in the fridge. They’ll feel soothing when you put them in!
Are My LASIK Results Permanent?
For almost all patients who undergo LASIK, the results are permanent. LASIK involves creating a flap and then reshaping the cornea to correct for refractive errors. The eye is permanently changed when the cornea is reshaped. However, in some cases, patients elect to have a LASIK enhancement surgery after their initial LASIK procedure. This is only necessary if a patient no longer has clear vision and has regressed significantly. LASIK is permanent, but it’s important to realize that even after the procedure, your eyes keep aging. This means that you may eventually develop cataracts that need to be removed and replaced with an IOL, even if you had LASIK twenty years before.
How Do I Know If I’m A Good Candidate For LASIK?
LASIK is one of the most popular procedures and it’s easy to see why! However, not everyone will be a good candidate for LASIK. There are several factors that go into whether or not LASIK is right for you. The most important factor is whether or not you have thick enough corneas. This isn’t something that you can figure out by looking at your eyes in a mirror. Instead, you’ll come in to Metro Eye Care for a comprehensive LASIK consultation. During your LASIK consultation, your eyes will be tested extensively, including your corneal thickness. Corneal thickness is important because a tiny amount of corneal tissue must be removed to reshape the cornea during LASIK. If your corneas are too thin, LASIK could cause serious complications.
Another factor that is taken into consideration is if you have a stable prescription. If you are 18 or younger, you are too young to get LASIK. This is because your eyes are still developing, and your prescription is anything but stable. Most LASIK surgeons recommend that patients wait until their mid-twenties before they consider LASIK. If you’ve had a stable prescription that has not changed in 2 years or more, and you’re in your mid-twenties, you’re probably a good candidate for LASIK. The only way to know for sure is to come in for a LASIK consultation!
What Is Recovery Like?
LASIK is great, but it’s still a major surgery that requires recovery. After LASIK, you’ll want to take it easy, at least for a couple of days. Your eyes will be sore and may feel extremely dry and scratchy. During recovery, the most important thing to remember is to take your eye drops every hour! You may need to set an alarm on your phone as a reminder, but your eyes are going to be drier than normal after LASIK. You’ll be taking prescription eye drops, as well as using artificial tears to keep your eyes well lubricated. After the first few days, your eyesight will start to clear up, and may not be as foggy or smokey. Each day after your procedure, your vision will just get better and better! After the first month, you’ll be well on your way to the best vision of your life.
Still considering LASIK and if it could be right for you? Schedule a LASIK consultation with the experts at Metro Eye Care today and start your vision journey!