Looking for a Washington DC LASIK doctor? Before you decide to undergo LASIK, make sure you understand what such a procedure entails. Here are answers to a few of the basic questions you may have.
What is LASIK?
You already know that LASIK improves your vision, but do you know how? “LASIK” stands for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. For the average person with no MD, however, this information is probably less than helpful. Put simply, LASIK surgery is the reshaping of the cornea in a way that enables light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision. The surgery typically takes around 15 minutes altogether (for both eyes simultaneously) and is a pain-free procedure.
Is LASIK right for me?
LASIK can improve any or all of the following three vision issues:
1. Myopia (Nearsightedness)
2. Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
3. Astigmatism (Blurry vision)
If you suffer any of these maladies and no longer wish to wear glasses or contact lenses, LASIK is definitely worth considering. One vision malady LASIK surgery cannot treat, however, is presbyopia, or the inability to focus on nearby objects such as small writing.
What are the side effects of LASIK?
While the side effects of LASIK tend to be minimal, they do exist and can be worse for some than others. The most common side effects of LASIK surgery are dry eyes, itchiness, increased glare, halos around bright lights and double vision. However, these side effects usually only last around a few weeks to a couple of months, and likely will not be very severe.
What is the LASIK recovery protocol, and how long does recovery take?
The full effects of the procedure will probably be in place around 3 months following the procedure, and for those with initially severe vision issues, the full effects may not be in place until 6 months after the procedure. You should not drive during the remainder of the day after the procedure, so have a ride ready to take you home once the surgery is over. The doctor will provide protective sunglasses which should be worn anytime the patient is in daylight for a week following the procedure. Your Washington DC LASIK doctor will also provide post-LASIK sleeping goggles to wear for 3-7 nights following the procedure. The doctor will also give direction concerning 3 types of eye drops that will be provided: steroids, antibiotics and lubrication.
Is LASIK permanent?
For 95-98% of LASIK recipients, the effects are permanent. There is a small minority of people who don’t initially gain LASIK’s intended benefits. These rare patients are typically scheduled for a re-evaluation and have the procedure re-done, which is usually successful.