LASIK eye surgery is the most common option for improving vision in individuals suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. These types of eye conditions are brought on because of the shape of the cornea. By using a high-powered laser, an eye surgeon can alter the shape of your cornea to improve your vision. LASIK is a very safe procedure with excellent outcomes for most patients.
How Does LASIK Eye Surgery Work?
LASIK eye surgery is a refractive procedure. During this procedure, your surgeon will reshape your eye’s cornea using an excimer laser. This laser does not cause any pain. The goal is to alter the shape of your cornea to improve the focus of light that passes through it to reach the retina. When the shape of your cornea is corrected, your vision improves. Many of our patients no longer need to use prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses after having this procedure.
What to Expect During the LASIK Procedure
LASIK eye surgery is an outpatient procedure in both our Brooklyn & Manhattan locations. You’ll start by meeting with our eye surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. We’ll look at your eyes, map their shape, and talk to you about the risks and expected benefits.
During the actual surgical procedure, you’ll be awake but relaxed using a sedative. We’ll ask you to look at a light while the surgeon works on your eye. The first step involves creating a circular flap of tissue from the outer layer of tissue over the cornea. This flap is created using a laser — no blades. The surgeon folds the flap to the side to access the stroma and then reshapes the cornea using a laser. As the laser pulses, it removes very small amounts of tissue from the cornea. After achieving the desired shape, the surgeon folds the upper tissue back into place.
The procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes. Afterward, we’ll provide you with anti-inflammatory and pain medications as needed. You’ll be able to go home after resting with us for a bit.
What to Expect During Recovery From LASIK Eye Surgery
Recovering from LASIK eye surgery is generally a fast process. You will not be able to drive until your vision improves and stabilizes, which can take one or two days. LASIK is a safe procedure, but there are still some limitations you may face.
Many patients find that the improvement they experience in their vision from LASIK eye surgery makes the process worthwhile. Outcomes differ, though, and we offer several other types of eye surgery for vision correction, including LASEK and PRK. When you visit us for an appointment, you’ll learn more about the available options, so you can make an informed decision about which service is best for improving your vision.