LASIK Eye Surgery FAQs
If you’ve been considering LASIK, you probably have many questions. There are many misconceptions about LASIK vision correction surgery, but the professionals at the Waring Vision Institute in Charleston, SC want to clear up any confusion and help you make an informed decision about undergoing laser eye surgery. LASIK is one of the most meticulously scientific procedures performed world-wide, and Dr. Waring uses the safest and most advanced techniques available.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is an acronym for laser-assisted-in-situ-keratomileusis. It is an FDA-approved laser treatment to correct vision problems in adults. The most common uses are for:
- Nearsightedness (myopia)
- Farsightedness (hyperopia)
- Presbyopia (loss of reading vision with aging)
The laser is used to correct or reshape the cornea to dramatically improve clarity of vision. The surgery can provide the freedom to reduce or eliminate the use of glasses or contact lenses. You don’t have to be limited by glasses limiting your peripheral vision and impacting your appearance, or the ongoing hassle of wearing contact lenses. LASIK has become a leading alternative to glasses for people who have become contact lens intolerant.
How does LASIK work?
First, an incision is made on the superficial layer of the cornea with a laser, creating what ophthalmologists call a corneal flap. The flap is gently pulled back and a second laser is used to correct the curvature of the cornea. The laser is computer-programmed based on information gathered in your eye examination. The laser is extremely accurate and makes the procedure both fast and relatively pain-free.
Who is a good candidate for LASIK?
You may be a good candidate for LASIK if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia, and would like to reduce your dependency on glasses or contacts or bifocals. You should be in good general health and not have any uncontrolled autoimmune or degenerative disorders.
Does Laser Eye Surgery Hurt?
Most clients only report slight pressure during the procedure and mild symptoms afterward. During the healing process, some people have reported minor pain, itching or burning sensation, dry eyes, or seeing halos or glare around objects. Overall it is a relatively painless procedure with little downtime.
What risks are involved with eye surgery?
There are risks with any surgery. LASIK has been FDA-approved for 15 years and is an extremely common procedure that is one of the most scientifically studied procedures in the world, but there are a few rare but serious side effects. Some of these include:
- Vision changes or loss of vision
- Complications with the corneal flap
How Long Is the Recovery from LASIK Surgery?
Although you will not be permitted to drive yourself home from the procedure, most clients will have their normal vision back within eight hours, and vision continues to improve over the next couple of months. The incision does not require stitches and will “self-heal.” You will receive aftercare and recovery instructions which should be carefully followed so that your recovery is swift.
What Results Can I Expect After LASIK?
The vast majority of people who receive LASIK eye surgery experience an exciting and dramatic improvement in vision. The procedure can greatly reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses or contacts, making it a safe, treatment to improve vision and reduce your dependency on glasses or contacts.
How Do I Choose a LASIK Surgeon?
It’s important to find a doctor that you trust, and who has extensive knowledge and experience in LASIK surgery procedures. If you live in Charleston or the nearby communities of Myrtle Beach, Columbia, or Mount Pleasant, schedule a consultation with the Waring Vision Institute, a destination for those who seek the most advanced treatments available in the USA.
George Waring IV MD FACS
735 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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