LASIK surgery is the most popular type of refractive surgery in America, and for good reason. The team at Cooper Eye Care in Upper East Side, and Dyker Heights, New York City have completed hundreds of LASIK procedures, restoring proper vision for men and women at their offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you’re tired of relying on prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to get through your daily routines, LASIK might be a great fit for you. Schedule a LASIK consultation today to learn more about this exciting treatment option by calling Cooper Eye Care or using the online booking option.
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It’s a type of laser refractive surgery that allows your eye doctor to alter the shape of your cornea, correcting numerous vision problems.
LASIK offers the opportunity to correct the following vision issues:
All of these vision problems are caused by cornea irregularities. LASIK surgery can correct those issues, restoring your vision and reducing your reliance on corrective eyewear.
LASIK surgery is often completed in less than 30 minutes. Once you’re comfortable in the treatment chair, your eye doctor at Cooper Eye Care places numbing drops in your eye and cleans the surrounding skin. A special tool called a lid speculum keeps your eyelids open during the procedure.
Once numb, your doctor uses an automated microkeratome to create a flap in your cornea. At this point in the procedure, you’ll be asked to focus on a small light and maintain a steady gaze. That keeps your eye in the right position during the laser portion of the procedure.
Next, an ultraviolet laser beam removes incredibly small portions of your corneal tissue until the proper shape is achieved. The corneal flap is then carefully placed back into position, and will usually heal without the need for sutures.
At the end of your procedure, a shield is placed over your eye to protect it during the healing process. It’s important to adhere to your eye doctor’s advice on how long to wear the shield.
You may experience sensations of itching, burning, or irritation after the procedure, but over-the-counter pain medications should be sufficient to address any discomfort. Within a few days of your procedure, you should feel better, although you’ll need to avoid strenuous activities like contact sports for several weeks after your LASIK surgery.
It’s normal to have fluctuations in your vision in the weeks following LASIK. Within three to six months after the procedure, your vision will stabilize. Be sure to come in for routine follow-up visits to ensure the healing process is moving forward properly.
If you’d like to learn more about what LASIK surgery can do to improve your vision, book a consultation with Cooper Eye Care today online or by calling the office.