New Year’s Resolution: Ditch the Glasses and Go for LASIK

Everyone who wears glasses or contact lenses has wished they didn’t need to at least a time or two. It can be a hassle to keep up with glasses or to remember to order new contacts. LASIK is an excellent solution for some people who are tired of keeping up with glasses or contacts. 

The doctors at Cooper Eye Care are experienced in evaluating patients who would like to have LASIK, and can guide you through making a decision about the surgery, as well as what to expect before, during, and after the procedure if you decide to have it. 

LASIK, explained

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. Your doctor uses a laser to reshape your cornea. LASIK can correct several different vision problems, including:  

Each issue requires a different technique to correct, but they are all performed using laser technology, and so fall into the category of LASIK. 

You’re awake during the surgery, which may seem alarming, but our staff makes sure you’re comfortable. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes. 

Benefits of LASIK

The most important benefit, of course, is that you’ll most likely be able to see well without corrective lenses. More than 95% of patients have the vision they desire after LASIK.

You may eventually need corrective lenses to read up close, or for other reasons, but LASIK means you won’t need glasses or contacts for most of your day-to-day activities. 

The results are apparent almost immediately. You’ll most likely notice a change in your vision within a few hours of surgery, although it could be the next day. It takes less time for LASIK to take effect than it takes for a pair of glasses to be ordered and picked up! 

At one time there were some risks commonly associated with LASIK, such as night time glare, but as the technology has improved, that risk has lessened. The most common side effect is temporarily dry eyes. You may need to use artificial tears for a few months after surgery. 

It’s not for everyone

LASIK is a safe, effective procedure that can correct many vision issues, but it’s not right for everyone. For example, if you’re over the age of 40, you may have presbyopia, where the lens of your eye is stiff, making it difficult for you to read up close.

There are other reasons you may not be a good candidate, and that’s why our providers offer LASIK consultations as a routine service. You’re a unique individual and our providers want you to have the information that is most applicable to your specific situation. 

If you’d like to learn more about LASIK and find out if you’re a candidate, schedule a consultation at Cooper Eye Care today. We have two convenient locations, and you can schedule at the one that works best for you online, or by calling our Manhattan office at 212-461-4133, or our Brooklyn office at 718-489-4206.  

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