Is LASIK surgery right for you? Our doctors will guide you through the process and answer any questions.
LASIK eye surgery gives you permanent correction if you’re tired of wearing glasses or putting in contacts. It’s important to understand the specifics of LASIK eye surgery, and how our consultation can give you the peace of mind you’re looking for.
To give you the best LASIK consultation, the doctors use your patient history to determine if you can receive LASIK eye surgery. Also, you’ll receive a comprehensive eye exam to give you an overview of your eyes. So, let our professional doctors guide you through the LASIK process and answer any questions you may have.
The first thing you need to know about LASIK is it stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis. LASIK is a permanent eye surgery that people over 18 can get to correct their vision. After your LASIK consultation in Plymouth, your LASIK eye surgery will revolve around the surgeon reshaping your cornea. The cornea reshaping focuses light on your retina, which is found in the back of your eye. Here are the three most common reasons to get LASIK:
The irregular shape of your eye causes astigmatism. If you have an astigmatism, you likely can’t see clearly. For example, most objects in your line of sight are blurry when you have an astigmatism.
Hyperopia is another word for farsightedness. Farsightedness means that objects further away from you look clear. However, objects closer to you appear blurry.
Myopia is another word for nearsightedness. Nearsightedness is the opposite of farsightedness. Objects close to you appear clearer in your line of sight, while objects further away are blurry, and you may have trouble seeing them.
Now that you have insight on why certain people get LASIK let’s talk about the process of LASIK surgery. LASIK eye surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, and it’s quick in terms of procedure and recovery time. In most cases, the procedure takes up to 20 minutes.
As a minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon numbs your eyes and uses one laser to create a thin flap in your cornea. As previously stated, the surgeon reshapes the cornea, which leads to the flap of tissue in the cornea being replaced.
After your eye surgery, post-surgical eye care to prevent infection and ease the recovery time. Normally, you’ll notice your vision improving within a few days. Also, you can meet with a specialist for vision therapy to strengthen the connection between your eyes and brain.
Your background and health history are most important when determining if you’d be a good candidate for LASIK. Also, your health history gives an accurate representation of conditions doctors need to be aware of, including:
During this part of your LASIK consultation in Plymouth, our doctors will correctly determine if you’re a valid candidate for LASIK. It’s important that you report only accurate information to the doctor. Also, this portion of your consultation is where you can address any hesitations or concerns about LASIK eye surgery.
Now it’s time for the doctor to analyze your eyes. Doctors use multiple eye tests to determine if you’re right for LASIK. Our doctors work to make sure you’re comfortable and have a deep understanding of each eye test. They’re ready to answer any of your questions and discuss your results at the end of your LASIK consultation.
One major test you’ll do during your LASIK consultation requires the doctor to enlarge your pupils. They use this test to view the retina at the back of your eyes. The doctor takes measurements before and after your pupils are fully dilated to see the results.
High resolution scans are the best way to evaluate your eye tissue at a microscopic level. To achieve high resolution scans of your eye tissue, the doctor has you look at scanners and takes pictures of your eye surface.
Along with taking pictures of your eye surface, your LASIK consultation will include taking images of your retinas. Your retina is the structure behind your eyeball, which processes light rays while sending nerve impulses to your brain.
The doctors use these scans to view the tear composition. Your tear composition and eye volume must be healthy to be a candidate for LASIK surgery. It’s similar to the dilated eye exam because the doctors need high resolution images of your retinas.
Even if you wear glasses or contact lenses, our doctors analyze your ability to focus and how it affects your vision. Doctors use a series of tests, including the “Pick One or Two” test. It gives doctors the best information to figure out how to correct your vision, and the test is known for refraction.
Our doctors use digital analyzers to determine your vision quality for manual refraction findings. Also, they test how light scatters when it enters your eyes.
During your LASIK consultation in Plymouth, our experts will thoroughly explain the benefits and risks of the surgery. You’ll receive in-depth reasoning for why LASIK surgery is right or wrong.
Here are a few examples of why you may or may not be chosen for LASIK:
Is LASIK not for you? Were you not a valid candidate for any of the above mentioned reasons? Another treatment option for your vision is corneal refractive therapy. Corneal refractive therapy is a non-surgical vision improvement treatment. However, it takes longer to be effective. You’ll need to wait months before the treatment to see improvement in your vision. Also, you can look through our custom eyewear collections to find the perfect pair for you.