The recovery process is fast. Some clients may experience mild discomfort, including and itching or burning sensation or increased tear production. These side effects are normal and will subside quickly. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home after your procedure. Our clients report a dramatic change in increased clarity of vision within eight hours of the surgery.
There are a few risks associated with LASIK surgery. Some risks include under-correction, over-correction, astigmatism, vision changes, complications with the corneal flap, or infection. These complications are rare, and our skilled, experienced ophthalmologist will guide you through the healing process. During your consultation, inform your doctor of any medical conditions you have, medications you are currently taking, and any other eye procedures you’ve had recently. Let us know if you are pregnant or suffer from any type of uncontrolled autoimmune disorder. The professionals at the Waring Vision Institute will monitor your progress after LASIK surgery.
Dr. George Waring is an internationally recognized and award winning ophthalmologist based out of the Charleston, SC area. Residents of the surrounding communities of Mount Pleasant, Columbia, and Myrtle Beach take advantage of Dr. Waring’s many years of experience, high-level skills, advanced procedures, and technologies. His practice emphasizes personalized care and excellence is surgical results. Schedule a consultation with us to see if you are a good candidate for a LASIK procedure.
When patients are considering LASIK eye surgery in Charleston, SC, they have a range of questions. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive at the Waring Vision Institute regarding LASIK surgery in SC.
Why come to Waring Vision for LASIK?
At the Waring Vision Institute in Charleston SC, Dr. George Waring provides an impressive level of care and experience in performing LASIK surgery. Dr. Waring is an ophthalmologist who is internationally recognized for his contributions to the development of newer, better, and more effective treatments for a range of eye conditions and diseases. You can be confident that your treatment is being performed by a world-renown specialist, in a luxurious clinic built to cater to patient needs.
LASIK Eye Surgery Charleston, SC
Dr. Waring has the medical knowledge and the experience to ensure your LASIK surgery yields the most positive results possible. We offer the latest-generation, state-of-the-art systems for LASIK surgery. Our highly-skilled medical staff assists in the LASIK procedure, and is focused upon patient health and safety from start to finish.
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
LASIK surgery is not the right procedure for every patient. You must be over the age of 18 to qualify for the procedure. To ensure that you are a candidate for LASIK, you schedule a consultation with us, so we can evaluate your eye condition, and determine whether this treatment will be effective and safe for you. LASIK must be performed on healthy eyes, so if you have dry eye syndrome, any type of eye injury, or an eye infection, you are probably not a good candidate for the procedure until those issues are fully resolved.
Patients must have sufficient thickness of the cornea. LASIK surgery works by reshaping the cornea, so if your cornea is too thin or has irregular thickness, you are not a candidate for LASIK. If your pupils are too large, LASIK is not right for you as it will make your eyes too sensitive to light.
The ideal candidate for LASIK is in good physical health, is over the age of 18, and is not pregnant. Patients with vision that is rapidly worsening are not good candidates for LASIK. If your vision has been stable for at least a year, LASIK is likely a very effective treatment to give you crisp, clear vision - at last.
How long will the LASIK procedure take?
LASIK generally requires an appointment lasting about two hours, but the procedure itself is fairly quick. It takes an average of about 10 minutes to treat each eye during a LASIK procedure.
Do I need someone to drive me to my LASIK procedure?
After your LASIK Charleston SC procedure, you will need someone to transport you home. Patients commonly experience blurry vision for a few hours after the surgery. Your eyes will also be sensitive to light after the procedure. Your doctor will test your eyes in a follow-up appointment soon after your treatment to ensure your vision is clear enough to drive, but until given the okay, do not operate a motor vehicle.
Most patients are given a sedative to make the treatment more comfortable. It is best to find a family member or a close friend that can act as a caretaker. Once you are home, you should take a nap or lie down and rest your eyes.
How long will my recovery take after LASIK?
After your LASIK procedure, you should be able to go back to work after a few days, but your eyes may take months to completely heal. For about six months, you will need to schedule follow up appointments with your doctor to make sure recovery is proceeding as it should.
You may experience some blurry vision or dry eyes during your recovery, but most patients find that they are able to resume their regular daily activities with very little time away from their regular activities or work.
Will LASIK improve my vision for my lifetime?
In most cases, LASIK surgery produces very long-lasting results. Most patients find that the improvement in their vision continues for years. Once the eyes have healed there is typically no need for a follow up procedure.
Although LASIK surgery produces long term improvements in vision, it does not halt the aging process. For some, blurry vision or astigmatism can return as the eyes continue to change with age. In these cases, a follow up procedure may be necessary.
Is LASIK right for me?
If you have problems with your vision and are fed up with glasses and contacts, you may be interested in finding out more about the LASIK procedure. Waring Vision Institute, under the guidance of George Waring III, a leading authority in the field of ophthalmology, can assist you to correct vision problems with LASIK or other advanced, innovative treatment. As a recognized authority in eye and vision care, Dr. Waring and his staff offer the most advanced, innovative treatments to treat a full range of vision problems.
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