LASIK surgery is the most common refractive eye surgery performed today. It is used to correct a number of different optical conditions, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. Davich Optical is pleased to offer LASIK co-management as part of our extensive line of advanced vision care services.
LASIK is an acronym for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. The procedure is performed by a trained ophthalmologist and involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea in order to improve visual acuity. For most patients, LASIK surgery provides a permanent alternative to wearing glasses or contact lenses. Best of all, LASIK is quick, virtually painless and produces rapid, dramatic results. Most patients report seeing 20/20 within just 24 hours of the procedure.
The ideal candidate for LASIK procedures is over age 21 and has relatively healthy eyes with adequate corneal thickness. This is important because the LASIK process involves removal of tissue from the cornea in order to reshape the eye. For this reason, individuals with conditions like corneal disease, chronic dry eye or other abnormalities may not be good candidates for LASIK. To be sure, a comprehensive eye exam is required.
LASIK surgery is performed as an out-patient procedure at a surgical center. Patients receiving LASIK can expect the procedure to last approximately one hour in total. The actual surgery is typically carried out in 15 minutes for each eye.
Wavefront LASIK, also sometimes referred to as wavefront-assisted or wavefront-guided are mapped by computerized analysis. This makes them much more precise than ablations determined by using standard eyeglasses prescriptions.
Wavefront LASIK can correct subtle optical imperfections of the eye that regular ablations cannot treat. Studies prove wavefront-guided ablations provide sharper vision than conventional, non-wavefront LASIK and can also improve night-vision, eliminating or reducing the occurrence of halos or glare.
Following your LASIK procedure, you will be prescribed medicated eye drops and provided with clear protective shields to cover your eyes. While you will be able to see well enough to walk without the need for glasses or contacts, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home. We strongly recommend resting your eyes as much as possible the day of surgery and avoiding exposure to bright lights if possible. Artificial tears may be used to keep your eyes moist and comfortable.
The day after surgery, you should be able to see well enough to drive and resume your normal activities. You may be asked to come in for a follow-up exam so the doctor can check your vision and ensure that your eyes are healing properly. During this visit, we will discuss further instructions and our team will be available to answer any questions you may have.
Postoperative care may be performed by an eye doctor other than your LASIK surgeon. This is referred to as LASIK co-management. Davich Optical is happy to provide this care at our office through a co-management agreement with your surgeon. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Remember to continue to schedule your normal routine eye exams after you’ve had your LASIK procedure. Even if you achieve perfect vision from your surgery, it’s still important to have your eyes examined by a professional at least once a year. This allows us to ensure that your vision remains stable. It also enables us to catch potential optical problems early, such as glaucoma, so we can address them before they have the chance to worsen.
Get in touch today to schedule your post-LASIK exam and let us help you manage your eyesight effectively.